Author's Published Works

Published by New Myths Publishing

Passages: Best of NewMyths Anthology

Volume I - Kindle Edition

by Scott Barnes (Author, Editor), Susan Winston (Editor), Marta Tanrikulu (Editor)
Passages collects twenty-five stories and eight poems that explore the triumphs and losses, hopes and fears of entering—and surviving—a new stage in life. Science fiction and fantasy adventures of surviving every stage in life: from childhood magic to end-of-life struggles.

Stories are taken from over ten years of e-zine, and include NewMyths Readers Choice award winners with other bonus, original material. 

Contributing authors include Rhysling, Bram Stoker, and Writers of the Future award winners.

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Beta Colony

By Robert Enstrom


The courts of Trent have found Daniel Trevor guilty of the crime of Assassination. His sentence: death . . . or a life of exile in the wilderness once known as Earth.

For hundreds of years the colony worlds have attempted to repopulate the mother planet, but the only evidence of their effort is a puny, struggling community known as Beta Colony. Most of the colonists have disappeared, preferring a savage existence in the wilds to the marginal civilization of the exile base.

These renegades worship the Flame, an idol which demands human sacrifice, and Dan Trevor is kidnapped to appease its insatiable hunger. His attempt to escape gains him an ally, a telepathic savage girl named Derl, but they are recaptured and offered to the Flame.

But the gaping maw of the primitive god turns out to be a portal to something worse than death – Dan must find a way out of an alien world or abandon himself to a hopeless eternity of slavery . . . 

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Encounter Program (IXT Universe Novel)

By Robert Enstrom

Paperback – April 25, 2018

"The dreams of a dead man called to him across the forbidden void of space. He would answer--or die trying... A slow smile spread across Broderick's face and the torch in his hand flashed. The front of Somack's suit charred and began to smoke. The hatch door snapped shut, cutting off the beam and isolating Somack in the exit hatch. Dumbfounded, Somack fell backwards, looking at the smoking ruin of his breastplate. The intercom crackled and Broderick's voice came through. "You're going to tell me something, Somack, or you're going to die. Spit it out before I deflate your little bubble of air in there." Somack wriggled his helmet off and coughed to get the blood out of his throat, but didn't answer. Broderick heard the sounds and said reasonably: "Don't be foolish. Don't you know you've been watched all your life? The only one who saved for years to buy this ship, so you must know. I'll give you thirty seconds." "Anna?" Somack gasped. "What did you do with her?" "You should never get chummy with a telepath. If you hadn't convinced her to keep quiet, things would be different. But now you're going to die and she's going to have her pretty little brains scraped clean." Broderick punched the cycle button in disgust and heard the satisfying sound of the ship's pumps emptying air out of the chamber where Somack lay..."

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Shambles: A Nine Ebook Set Of Zombie Fiction

by Scott T. Barnes

Kindle Edition

Zombies are the most misunderstood of all the famous monsters in the world of fiction. This collection shows how the zombie myth can be severely bent out of shape to find the squishy, soft, humorous center where zombies love, laugh, and occasionally find a few brains to munch on. Come along for the ride to strange and bizarre worlds where you'll meet all types of zombies in all types of outrageous situations and perhaps come away with a chuckle and even a little fear to turn the lights off.

Table of Contents
1. "Zombie Love" by DeAnna Knippling
2. "A Chat Before Dinner" by Michael Kingswood
3. "Love Me, Need Me: A Narcissist's Tale" by Lisa Maliga
4. "Wednesday's Seagulls" by Michael Warren Lucas
5. "My Girlfriend, the Zombie" by Rebecca M. Senese
6. "Six Fantasy Stories Volume Two" by Robert Jeschonek
7. "Zomopolis" by Russ Crossley
8. "Big Hairy Deal" by Russ Crossley
9. "Zombie Nation" by Scott T. Barnes

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Gaia: Shadow & Breath Volume III.
Jacaranda by Scott T. Barnes

by Pantheon MagazineSandi Leibowitz , et al.

Paperback – February 9, 2017


Sandi Leibowitz (Authored by),David Tallerman (Authored by),Tim Major (Authored by),Rose Blackthorn (Authored by),Gwendolyn Kiste (Authored by),Janet Haigh (Authored by),Scott T Barnes (Authored by),H.L. Fullerton (Authored by),Anjali Ravi (Authored by),Ingrid Taylor (Authored by),Luke Spooner (Illustrated by),Matt Andrew (Cover design or artwork by),Sarah Read (Edited by)

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by Sarah Duque and Scott T. Barnes. A Story of California 100 Years Ago, fourth-grade reader, illustrated novel, 2013.

A tale of adventure and an unlikely friendship on one of California's last ranchos. In fourth grade California students study the state's history including the missions and ranchos. However, few tales from this period have been written down. Rancho San Felipe is a true story of a 1905 adventure told by the daughter of the hero. Woman-of-the-year winner Sarah Duque's delightful full-color illustrations make this true story equally appropriate as a fourth-grade reader and a read-aloud book. Includes a map, vocabulary, and brands used to identify cattle. Forty pages.

Rancho San Felipe is available in 11" by 9 1/4" hardcover through the publisher, New Myths Publishing. Discounts available for schools, libraries, bulk sales and other educational institutions.

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Sci-Fi Stories - Space Opera Mashup 

Funeral Sails by Scott T. Barnes

Kindle Edition

Space opera galore! Real planets and star systems as well as made up one, hard SF and science fantasy, mystery and romance. Humans trying to meet aliens for the first time or trying to avoid them. Humans living with aliens in so-called harmony. Earth-based civilizations and alien humanoids.

From Alpha Centauri to Epsilon Eridani and everything in between, the Milky Way in all its glory!

“Murder on Marawa Prime” by Vonnie Winslow Crist
“Astromancer” by Debbie Mumford
“One Universe is Never Enough” by Mary Jo Rabe
“A Little Old Fashioned” by Rita Schulz
“Funeral Sails” by Scott T. Barnes
“Station OSCX-9” by Marcelle Dubé
“GENIE and the LAMP” by Steph Bennion
“Runaway” by Barbara G.Tarn
“Seeking Sky” by Jennifer R. Baumer
“Final Chapter” by Randy Tatano

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(an oral history), nonfiction, 1999

Alice Barnes was a pioneer woman in an era when much of the country had been settled and modernized. One of six siblings, Alice was born outside the Helvitia gold mine in 1906 in the mountain town of Julian, California. A founding member of the Women's Club, Triangle Club, and Stitch and Bitch Club, she lived in the same town for 90 years, taking a hand in its growth and development, witnessing the startling changes the 20th century brought to the world. Alice Barnes—Gold Mines and Apple Pie is an oral history, Alice's story told in her own words in interview format. Anyone with an interest in western history, San Diego County in particular, small towns, or Western Americana will find something to cheer for in Alice's story. Over 200 footnotes and 18 photo pages document the story.

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Insect Sculptor
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Volume 28, anthology of short stories, edited by K.D. Wentworth, 2012.

Adam Clements is a talented insect sculptor but has much to learn. He has traveled thousands of miles in hopes of apprenticing for the Great Gajah-mada, but first he must impress the Hive’s director, the gorgeous Isabella. 

Adam is good, but to be great he will need to overcome his fear wall:  the fear of losing himself in the hive mind.

The premise of Insect Sculptor is intriguing and inventive. The sculptor forms a psychic link with a colony of insects, creating works of art with mass bugs. Adam can do much with his termites, commanding them to facilitate an elephant as his entrance test for Isabella. He quickly learns that his abilities are elementary compared to what Gajah-mada’s troop can do--even mimicing people so well they are passable as living humans.

A fact that has Adam questioning everything he sees.

(Click to see Scott T Barnes' Writers of the Future award ceremony video.)

"The offerings are thought provoking and varied, with a trend towards excellence...The future is in good hands." −Publishers Weekly

"The Writers of the Future ... Long may it continue!" −Neil Gaiman 

Writers of the Future has become the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction. Never before published first-rate science fiction and fantasy stories selected by top names in the field. Authors and artists discovered by Writers of the Future have gone to publish more works than other Writing Contest. It is a leading showcase of creative writing and opens gateways to art.

Recommended for Nanowrimo and Wattpad writers.

Writing Contest Judges: Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, Eric Flint, Brian Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Dr. Yoji Kondo, Anne McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Dean Wesley Smith, K.D. Wentworth, Sean Williams and Dave Wolverton (AKA David Farland).

Illustrating Contest Judges:
Robert Castillo, Vincent Di Fate, Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon, Dave Dorman, Bob Eggleton, Laura Brodian Freas, Ron Lindahn, Val Lakey Lindahn, Stephan Martiniere, Judith Miller, Cliff Nielsen, Sergey Poyarkov, Shaun Tan, H.R. Van Dongen and Stephen Youll.

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Fiction River: 
Pulse Pounders Adrenaline 

by Scott T. Barnes

Book 24 -Kindle Edition

Ranging from straight thriller to science fiction and fantasy to mainstream crime, these fifteen stories promise to make your pulse pound. Join an ex-president as he tries to escape the mother of all assassination attempts, a heroine on a mission straight from Hell, and a story of war so powerful it will burn into the memory. Strap in and find out why Adventures Fantastic says Fiction River “is one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”

“… fans of the unconventional will be well satisfied.”
—Publishers Weekly on Fiction River: Pulse Pounders

Table of Contents
“The Wrong Side of the Tracks” by Kelly Washington
“The Ex” by Michael Kowal
“The Demon from Hell Walks into a Speakeasy” by Ron Collins
“Blood Storm” by Bob Sojka
“So Many Ways to Die” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Egg Thief” by Debbie Mumford
“Dust to Dust” by Annie Reed
“O’Casey’s War” by Patrick O’Sullivan
“Looting Dirt” by David Stier
“The Mark of Blackfriar Street” by Scott T. Barnes
“Death in the Serengeti” by David H. Hendrickson
“Rude Awakening” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Cleaning up the Neighborhood” by Dæmon Crowe
“Redline” by Travis Heermann
“L.I.V.E.” by Eric Kent Edstrom

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by Scott T. Barnes ( Full Story Link )

Bewildering Stories, Issue #254, September 2007

Productivity is the ultimate goal--increased productivity equals increased wealth, but humans have reached their limits. Bots are the future, and Doug Haines is the Last American to have a job. 

- I chopped, diced, sprinkled, stirred, simmered and baked like Houdini’s assistant, hiding my movements from Big Brother. Everything I did would be programmed into the Martha-bots by morning, “The Last Human-Cooked Meal Recipe,” so I wanted them to blow it. I even went so far as to sand the interior of my pans so they would heat more quickly, and the Martha-bots would scorch their coriander cream sauce. “For dessert,” I announced, “Chocolate Ganache with rum-soaked raisins in English cream.” With a flourish, I sprinkled the top with a final, secret ingredient. My best friend Henry had helped me make it that very morning.

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Reflection's Edge
, September 2007 and Midnight Times, Winter 2009

A ghost story set in beautiful Nova Scotia. Ghost Lady said that Mary-Anne was born with a slide rule instead of a brain, meaning that she was practical and didn’t believe in magic or fey creatures.  But when Mary-Anne hears Ghost Lady’s legend of the Mi’kmaq warrior and his bride, she is spun into a paranormal web which spans 14 years – from her young life in Charlotte’s Cove when Leviathan snatches away her best friend, until she returns years later to confront a ghost and a friend driven mad from loss. 

Charlotte's Cove was accepted by both Reflection's Edge (September 2007 issue) and Midnight Times for its winter issue. I named it for my grandmother, Charlotte Moulton Mathis. 

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by Scott T. Barnes ( Full Story Link )

BuzzyMag  On Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Stories  June, 2012

- Carlyle couldn’t help gaping at the jade dragon. The beast’s neck curved along the vaulted ceiling then sloped downward twenty feet to a carriage-sized head. A burning haystack balanced on its tongue and the dragon sucked air through the flames, showering its throat with sparks. Pages climbed over its back, polishing the scales with soapstone. They were in a tunnel under the massive stadium. Chants from the audience packing the bleachers overhead vibrated through the limestone and thrummed against Carlyle’s heart. But still he could hear the dragon scales rubbing against each other as it swiveled its head, like a whetstone against a blade.

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The Photographer and the Balloon 
by Scott T. Barnes ( Full Link )

San Diego Writers ink: A Year in Ink, anthology of short stories, December 2007

The last day of an affair, published in the 2008 San Diego Writer's Ink anthology. In The Art of Fiction, John Gardner says that details in fiction are "proofs." One of the reasons my stories have been improving over the last few years is that I allow more of my personal life to show in my fiction - thus it feels more authentic. I wrote The Photographer and the Balloon at a difficult time. It is my only story that I don't enjoy rereading from time to time. Nevertheless, it is a good one and I am proud that it is in San Diego Writer's Ink 2008 Anthology. 

The story chronicles the last day of a love affair in Paris, France, as captured by a still photo. As a resident of Paris for eight years, a lot of me went into this story, memories, feelings, sensory input, truths and lies all melded together. As it should be in all good fiction. 

The contact sheet hung orange in the safelight, like a shot from a Lauren Bacall movie, pre-restoration, two photos circled in grease pencil and cropped with crude strokes. He placed the test strip diagonally across the easel, shadowing all but one inch with cardboard to expose a small part. How many thousands of photos had he developed over the years with this same Beseler 67XLC? He slid a medium yellow filter into the enlarger, so the cobblestones and the shadows would stand out. This, he knew, was a great shot. He could nearly smell the musty age of Paris in the print.

The Fey Prison Warden 
by Scott T. Barnes (Full Story Link )

Aphelion Webzine, The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantacy, 2008

I once read about a prison in England which let its prisoners out at night in order to be able to pay rent. (Yes, prisoners had to pay room and board.) Some may have held legitimate jobs or had family members pay for them, but the assumption was that they would commit petty crimes to collect their dues. I have never found reference to this prison again and am not sure if it is a myth or not, however I took the concept and moved it to 20th century San Diego. The Warden, Brooder Maddick, is a half-giant, amateur detective who falls in love with an inmate. He is a very fun character and I may be writing about him in the future. This story was accepted in The Lamp-Post Literary Journal, a print magazine primarily dedicated to the work of C.S. Lewis, but never appeared there. I believe they stopped publication. Later, it was accepted and appeared in Aphelion.

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Diggory and the Privileges of Man 
by Scott T. Barnes ( Full Story Link )

The Rose and Thorn,
a literary ezine, May, 2008

- Diggory knew he was in trouble. His simulacrum stood side by side with his opponent’s in a shifting cloud of light; two faceless, gray men floating in a sea of velvet pinpricks. They were representations, of course, zeros and ones stored on a server somewhere in cyberspace. Each point of light represented the vote of one member, and Diggory’s solid sheen of red had been shifting inexorably towards green throughout the debate. Nothing could be more important, for he who presided over the super-secret Order of The Privileges of Man controlled the destiny of millions of hapless females, while bettering the state of Man. 

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Fire Bugs 
by Scott T. Barnes 

Static Movement, April 2008

Fire Bugs asks the question:  What if fire bugs were real? I wrote it after two major fires swept through the small town where I grew up, destroying one home in three. 

"The Witch Fire waltzed across California and destroyed 1,650 houses, sweeping across much the same ground the Cedar Fire had blackened four years earlier. The farmer’s fence posts burned and his fences fell. His barn crumpled and his burned-out tractor looked like the husk of an insect. No one knew exactly what caused the blaze, though it appeared to be a copycat incident. A transformer had exploded nearby setting the brush afire, and within hours flames had sprung up in a half dozen areas throughout southern California..."

History and Horror, Oh My!  
anthology of short stories
by Scott T. Barnes ( Interview Link 

Kindle Edition

Twenty historical horror stories presented for your consideration. Learn the real reasons behind the trial of Socrates, the curse of Glamis Castle, and the writing of the Book of the Dead. Discover the horrors of the American Civil War and the English Civil War. Meet a vampire during the Dust Bowl and a Sasquatch traveling among the fur trappers of Canada. Featured authors include T. Fox Dunham, Kevin Wetmore, Gwendolyn Kiste, Guy Burtenshaw, and Scott T. Barnes.

In 1864, at loose ends between gold strikes, Newell takes a job shearing and castrating sheep on the Stanton Ranch, a sand and chaparral wasteland hundreds of miles from nowhere. When the owner's wife arrives from the orient, full of seduction and spirit magic, Newell's ride takes a turn down the dusty trail to hell. Can he get off the trail in time? 

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