Mind of Ben Cooper
The Creative Stylings of Benjamin Cooper, stories that penetrate the deep recesses of the mind and imagination
I’m a published author of genres ranging from speculative fiction to science fiction. Many of my releases are available online by clicking the titles below. Amongst the long boxes of his comic book collection, aquariums, Union Civil War reenactment gear, and concert posters, Benjamin Cooper concocts his fantastic works of fiction. Having studied creative writing at the University of Iowa, this father residing in Naperville, Illinois aims to open his creative mind to the world.
Stranded, appearing in Space Opera Digest 2021 Fight or Flight
Convicted of a crime he has no memory of, prisoner T196-A3 has been sentenced to solitary labor on an automated penal installation where he must work or starve!
A group of college friends decide to party at a defunct state park. Jake, an unusual character no one seems to know very well, slips something into Mel’s drink. No one else is aware the two are in the throes of their own vastly different trips as Jake unhinges. Mel does his best to keep himself together and bring the pair out of a hell that seems all too real.
The Birds will Fly
Publication: The Centropic Oracle audio podcast
Genre: Ecological Science Fiction
Sometimes the only way to redemption is through self-sacrifice
Struggling to come to terms with a recent breakup, a college student planned the perfect murder, or so he thought.
A Brush with Death
Publication: Broadswords and Blasters Magazine
Detective Sloan just wants to go to the bar and catch the Yankees game. Unfortunately for him, his job involves solving murders.
Can the Provider lead a successful revolution on Saturn’s moon of Titan? Will the colony gain independence from Earth?
Nicholas’s life was is a downward spiral. Just when his luck seemed to be changing, he soon found himself in a heap of trouble with a newfound friend.
The Ruler of Many Destinies
Publication: The Literary Hatchet Magazine
Genre: Creation Myth Speculative Fiction
What if God viewed the world from a video screen room, creating the world is His image from a voice-activated computer?
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Publication: Foliate Oak Magazine and Frontier Tales
Genre: Historical Fiction A courier for the British army during the French-Indian War traverses enemy territory to deliver a letter.
Coming to with amnesia, Bill pieces together his past while struggling to survive on an alien world.
A henpecked husband wants to spend some time away from his suffocating wife, but mysterious forces conspire to amplify his guilty conscience.
Publication: Enhance Magazine
A short story about the uneasy relationship that is between a young boy and his strange and reclusive grandfather.
A short science fiction piece about Roberto who has trained for years to become a gunner on an interplanetary warship.
Haley is at her ex-boyfriend’s bedside as he clings to life in a coma. She’s desperate to communicate, riddled with guilt from their rocky relationship.
A poem exhibiting my affinity for nature.
An unemployed slacker stumbles upon an unexpected discovery while on a job interview. Will it be a blessing or a curse?
More stories to come!