By day, Vaughan Stanger works as a research project manager for a major engineering company. This is less interesting than it sounds, which may explain why, ten years ago, he started setting himself homework. The resulting short stories have been published in Postscripts, Interzone, Hub, 3SF, Oceans of the Mind, and Neo-opsis, amongst others. One day, real soon, he intends to write a novel; “real soon” meaning sometime before 2017. He maintains a blog at


“Family Tree” (January 2008)