Ben Langdon’s stories reflect the collision between the extraordinary and the ordinary. His short stories have been short-listed for the Chronos Award (Forget, To Live and The Scoundrel’s Wife), as well as appearing in several publications. He has edited two neo-pulp short story anthologies (This Mutant Life and This Mutant Life: Bad Company) and completed his first novel, The Miranda Contract, as part of his Masters in Professional Writing at Deakin University. He co-wrote his second novel (The Adventures of Charlie Conti) with his daughter, Eliza Langdon, and added an extra dimension of storytelling by collaborating with illustrator, Loren Olsen.
Ben is currently working on The Halo Effect which is the sequel to The Miranda Contract and follows the further adventures of Dan Galkin.
THE MIRANDA CONTRACT
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Sometimes the life we’re given isn’t the life we’d choose for ourselves.
For the past five years, Dan Galkin has been lying to everyone about just how ordinary he is. But Dan’s the grandson of The Mad Russian: one of the world’s most powerful (and insane) super villains. And Dan has powers too. He’s a living battery, able to absorb and discharge electricity with his mind. Normally he keeps his powers hidden, but when the old man returns with an offer to make his grandson heir apparent, any chance at an ordinary life is blown apart.
Miranda Brody thought she wanted to be a pop star, but now she’s got the international profile and the entourage, she doesn’t recognise the Miranda she has become. After getting caught up in the cross-fire between Dan and his grandfather, Miranda realises there’s more to life than being famous. Staying alive, for example, becomes a high priority. And not falling in love with the pizza boy comes a close second.
Labelled by society, trapped by expectation.
Dan and Miranda might actually be able to change everything.
As long as they don’t kill each other first.
THE ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CONTI
This isn’t a story about a normal girl.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be a normal girl, but considering my dad is a professional, unionised minion and has worked for such villainous luminaries as the Crash and Burn Twins, Doctor Death (the Third and Fourth versions), Yellow Peril and Captain Calamari; chances of living out my life with any kind of normality are pretty slim. I’m surprised our family has survived this long.
My name’s Charlie Conti and I’m fourteen years old. I’m a bit of a nerd, I guess, because my role models are Marie Curie and Maryam Mirzakhani instead of Miley Cyrus or any of the Kardashians. I guess I have a bit of a mad scientist streak in me, although I have no interest in taking over the world or anything.
I just want to live the regular kind of life.