Racing the Storm and Other Stories by Steven J Pemberton

Racing the Storm and Other Stories is a collection of 13 science fiction short stories, some thought-provoking, some poignant, some just plain weird. It contains the following tales...

  1. The Long Way Round - A time-travelling biologist is stranded when a giant fish eats her homing beacon.
  2. Racing the Storm - A geologist exploring caves on a distant planet finds evidence of a lost alien civilisation, just before rising floodwaters threaten to destroy it.
  3. Provisional Report on Laniakea Alpha - Two ancients create a new star to make themselves worthy in the eyes of their ancestors.
  4. Love Hertz - Ever wondered why the colony on 55 Cancri f 2 was really abandoned?
  5. History Lesson - The curator of the oldest museum in the galaxy finds out the truth behind its most famous exhibit.
  6. The Shootout - The crew of a generation ship play soccer to decide who'll lead them for the next year.
  7. The Conspiracy Goes Lower Than You Think - Some opinions about those aliens who think they know what's best for us.
  8. A Routine Betrayal - A space traveller discovers that her long-distance lover might never have been who she thought he was.
  9. Delivery Driver - A rideshare in a self-driving car turns into a hostage situation.
  10. Taking Back Control - A former helpdesk worker explains where all the money went.
  11. ...apart from all the others - The inventor of the worst programming language ever gets his ego boosted and crushed at the same time.
  12. Blame the Cat - A quantum cryptographer rewrites history to turn evil into good.
  13. More Than Just A Job - A courtesan-accountant's past catches up with him.

History Lesson, Provisional Report on Laniakea Alpha and Delivery Driver are available free to subscribers to my newsletter. History Lesson is also included in the charity anthology One Million Project: Fantasy (which, despite its title, contains science fiction stories too).

Racing the Storm and Other Stories is available from Amazon, for your Kindle, in print (6" x 9" paperback, 133 pages) and audio (4 hours 40 minutes, narrated by me) in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

The paperback's ISBN is 979 877 145 8465.

The audiobook is also available from Audible UK, Audible USA, Audible France, and Audible Germany (Full disclosure: the Audible links use their bounty programme, which pays me a bonus if you become a subscriber after clicking the link. The price you pay is the same in either case.)

Free Samples and Giveaways

If you're a subscriber to my newsletter, you can read History Lesson, Provisional Report on Laniakea Alpha and Delivery Driver for free. If you're not already a subscriber, click here to join. The welcome email will contain a link to the stories.

You can listen to a sample of the audiobook here (MP3, 4 minutes 24 seconds). It's the start of More Than Just A Job, spoiler-free.

Bonus Material

Short video trailer for History Lesson, from the time it appeared in One Million Project: Fantasy (3 minutes 3 seconds).

Video of me performing The Conspiracy Goes Lower Than You Think. (5 minutes 44 seconds)

Video of me performing The Long Way Round. (12 minutes 1 second)

Larger version of cover (wraparound for the paperback).

Review Copies

If you're interested in reviewing any of my books, please email me (webmaster (at) pembers (dot) net) with a link to where I can read some of your reviews (so I know you're serious about reviewing). Please state which book(s) you're interested in and which format you want. I can supply .mobi (for the Kindle), .epub (for most other ereaders) and PDF. I don't normally give out print copies, but I occasionally have spares lying around, so if you want one it's probably worth asking just in case.

Last update: 11/3/2023 14:37