Trevor Watts

Author of the New-Classic series of Science Fiction short stories from the lighter side  of the Universe, Trevor lives in Brinsley, Nottinghamshire, UK. His short stories and poems have frequently won prizes, and he has appeared on television discussing local matters.

As well as SF short stories, he has published many reader-friendly books and articles, mostly about volcanoes around the world, and dinosaur footprints on Yorkshire’s Jurassic coast.

He spent fourteen years at the classroom chalkface; sixteen as headteacher of a special school; and sixteen as an Ofsted school inspector to round it off. His teacher wife now jokes that it’s “Sleeping with the Enemy”.

In the 1980s, his Ph.D. research pioneered the use of computers in the education of children with profound learning difficulties.



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Four current Sci-Fi short-story books:

- "Of Other Times and Spaces"

- "Zero 9-4"

- "Orbital Spam"

- "Terminal Space"

Other Sci-Fi Books on the Way

- "The Fractus Project"

- "Further Yet"

Non-Sci-Fi books in the Offing for 2021

(Short stories and poems)

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Trevor W


Of Other Times and Spaces

The Double-sized Anthology

of 39 Sci Fi stories from the Lighter Side



“Absolutely excellent, equal with anything I have read in the genre, including all the old masters when I was a kid.”

“Great entertainment and good stories from start to finish.”

“A sci-fi feast  – I highly recommend it."


If you were spying on another planet, would you do any better than Dicky and Miriam in the snappy two-pager “Air Sacs and Frilly Bits”.

Could you live among the laughs and lovers of “I’m a Squumaid”? Or cope with the heartache of “The Twelve Days of Crystal-Ammas”?


In the novella-length “The Colonist”, how could anyone fault Davvy’s actions in setting up Hill Six-Four-Six with a party of Highraff refugee women and children?

How might you cope in class with the all-knowing “Thank you, Mellissa” and her little yellow ducks?  Would you be the guide for Reju Royalty when they insist on “Watching the Scurrugs”? Are we truly destined for the same fate that awaits this universe in “A Little Co-operation”? 

According to eleven alien species, the Galactic Emperor Kaisak, and the author’s mum, these are the brightest and most varied stories in the universe. With 19 illustrations and two poems to boost your orbit, this is Sci-Fi at its most original


ZERO 9-4

Book 1

In The New-Classic Series

Of Sci-Fi from the Lighter Side



“Loved the sheer variety on offer”

“A great book of short stories to delight any sci-fi reader's palette”

“Go on, give yourself treat!”


Does Cleanup foretell the future of humanity? Or is it in the hands of the scientists who believe the key to space-time manipulation is Zero 9-4? Is They Call the Wind Pariah a premonition of our fate in the grip of the Corona virus?

Are the aliens already among us in Betty? Or in the fire pit of Kalai Alaa? Do they come on a Friday Night in Somercotes?

 Dare you immerse yourself in the laughs and trials to come in It isn’t easy being a Hero, or Holes aren’t my Thing? Are you prepared to join the war of the alien genders in Kjid, or Typical Man?

These twenty-one tales from the lighter and darker sides, illuminated by fourteen quirky illustrations, are predicted to be voted the funniest and most thought-provoking in The Spiral Arm (the famous pub and restaurant on Ganymede) at the 2044 annual all-species barbecue.

Find out more - read the 5* reviews on Amazon - or buy the eBook or paperback



Book 2
In The New-Classic Series
Of Sci-Fi from the Lighter Side



“A great selection”

“A heads up on this third one I’ve read by this author”

“My kind of real characters – I get their humour and dilemmas and problems and solutions – or failures, sometimes.”


What would you do if you suspect your ship’s been dumped in the Orbital Spam folder?


Is there anything you can you do when the Great Pondkeeper up in the sky decides to call time? Or when a trail of disembodied footprints heads straight for you across the wet concrete in Self-Levelling, how do you respond?


Would you answer the Prasap1 call?


From the laughs of To Somercotes and Beyond to the poignancy of What it Takes, these 20+ tales will alter your view of the future. The illustrations will brighten a boring wait at the space-port, or leisurely evening in orbit. Plus one poem: the beautiful, mysterious and stranded child – Mirador.


During his welcoming speech at the Xaatan Peace Conference, Duże Usta, the Galactic High Commissioner described this book as, “The most entertaining read I’ve had in seven millennia… a great step forward for humanity."

Find out more, and Buy the eBook or Paperback


Terminal Space

Book 3

In the New-Classic Series

OUT NOW   -   Dec 2020



“I was completely absorbed in some of these situations – the atmosphere and the so-believable characters – the messes they find themselves in – or twist out of. My wife loved a couple of stories with real “comeuppance” endings.”

“Surprised I was so taken up with these stories – Excellent."

“Fascinating peeks into very possible futures and equally likely presents.”

“5* because it’s basically the best sci-fi I’ve read for years.”


Sci-Fi stories from the here and now, wondering what’s hiding among us; to the far-strewn arms of the galaxy where humans exist no more.

When Prisoner 296 is sent to carry out repairs in the Khuk spaceport’s entrance tunnel at rush hour, will he find out why it’s known as The Terminal Space?

What are her ex’s chances, when she spots him in the queues that she is dealing with?

What on Earth can the alien do when he’s stuck in traffic and going to miss his spaceship home?

Could it be you who writes the heartfelt plea to Agony Aunt, Maar’juh’rih Ghruughs?

When it comes to that vital First Contact moment, would you have a better plan than Polly, in the SS Stella Nova?

If it depended on you, would there Always be an England?

Is it a bird? Is it a bat? Or is it an alien that’s taken up residence at Lake N’kara, right  in the teeth of the rebels’ uprising?

As Princess Porkyu said at the Cygnus Arms in 2929, “Laugh or catch your breath; shed a tear or cheer them on, you’ll soar to the stars with these souls of the universe.”


The Fractus Project

Book 4 of The New-Classic Series is due to emerge from its fractal cocoon in April 2021

Twenty stories of Earth and Space, Now and To Come - Many Illustrated.

Is the human race condemned to remain extinct, or might a radical change to the Fractus Project bring them back?

Which of The New Colonists will the two elderly convict women choose, and what for?

Is this what you expected when you wrote the instructions that included the note Brackets Eradicated Close Brackets?

What would your decision be when the enemy ship comes Barrelling Towards Us?

Keep an eye on the blog for details of timing and contents as they become known.


Further Yet

Book 5
In the New-Classic Series
To be unchained in 2021

Twenty+ short stories - many illustrated.

Would you give up the deadly secret of Vondur'Eye to the unseen interrogators of The Governa?


in Breach – Level 2, is the devastation amidships truly the end of the refugee colonists deep-frozen in the hold?


Terriff only has One Vote, but is he going to make it count when it comes to a decision about the Shinks?


Thrown out The Dome, with no idea why, how are you going to survive in the alien depths of the Agrantius Forest?


What is it that Effo the Maths Genius has forgotten?

Due Summer 2021 - Check the BLOG for details of timing and contents


Of Twists and Turns

Due for Publication Summer 2021

The first anthology of short stories from around the world, when the here-and-now takes a turn for the better… or the worse. Complete with illustrations and a pair of poetic indulgences.
From the delightful Japanese “Festival” and “Haiku Man” to the desperation of walking “The Kalapana lava flow”, or surviving the Appalachians in “Bigfoot and the Bottle”, or northern Canada in “God and the Meteorite”. Try “My LGBGT Sandwich” for a laugh, and “United” for a footballer’s point of view. Or the dubious joys of “Temmer Harbour”, “Anyone for Dominoes”, and “Facing up to it”. Whether you’re into driving, flying or jogging, this is the must-read collection.


The World of Wonders Poetry Book

Due for Publication....

Collected poems that everyone

Can see themselves reflected in,

Of flower-strewn girls, of ponies gone,

A ranch-hand wreaks the deadly sin.

Filling up the parting glass;

Of cats and men and ladies, too.

World War One and graves en masse;

Of dynamite and the Devil’s brew.

Machu Picchu and Galway Town;

Whoever said, ‘Old Men Don’t Fall?’

From Java’s mud to nature’s gown,

The pages here unveil them all.

Minimum arrestable delinquency;

The haggis that truly took my heart;

In elegant idiosyncrasy

I take my leave, I must depart.

Yellow Fabric

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