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Vast Worlds is a fictional setting based off of a single improbable event in the mid-twenty-first century. The arrival of a massive alien derelict into the solar system which makes a nose dive into the sun. Humanity does manage to pull some technology off the ship before its demise, giving them some technologies that are incredibly advanced for the era. Humanity rapidly adapts these to their use, fuelling a massive space boom, and, with the discovery of a faster than light drive deep in the ruins of the alien ship, humanity quickly spreads to the stars.

The Vast Worlds stories are set at various points within this alternate timeline, and I currently have plot lines centred around the years 2100, 2200, 2400, 2600 and 2800, which probably just shows I have more ideas than I know what to do with. Eventually I will be trying to get these various stories published, and this website is partly an experiment to see if I can get a following pre-publishing, and mostly a place where I can talk about these things without making those around me want to push me out of a window.

So read on if you wish, there are a reasonable number of free stories not of Vast Worlds on the site, though I warn you I was a lot younger when I wrote them and I now can’t read some for cringing. But hey, this is the internet and embarrassment is transient.

Now I will end with my old cliché,


The Author

James Coughtrey, or Vast Distances as he posts, is a student with a keen interest in Sci-fi and way too much time on his hands. He  enjoys writing, world building, and grinding interstellar empires into dust under his heels. Contact on vast_worlds[at]



  1. I just wanted to give a shout-out to you because I remember reading your fanficition story: The Freed a few years ago. And it was pretty much the best fanfiction I’ve ever read. You’ve got real talent, sir.

    And I would definitely read anything you published. So you’ve got a fan out there. Good luck to you!

    • Thanks, it’s always good to know someone would read what I write 😉

  2. Dude, this is serious, isn’t it? I loved your previous works on Fan Fiction. You may recognize my screen name there, Asuterisuku. I borrowed a couple of your characters. If and when these stories do get published, you can expect to have at least one customer overseas (even IF I have to get it imported; I’m Canadian).

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