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Matthew Hughes
The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write science fiction, fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for sff, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews. I've won the Crime Writers of Canada's... show more

The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write science fiction, fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for sff, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews. I've won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, and have been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour, A.E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. I was born sixty-fiveyears ago in Liverpool, England, but my family moved to Canada when I was five. I've made my living as a writer all of my adult life, first as a journalist, then as a staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment, and -- from 1979 until a few years back- as a freelance corporate and political speechwriter in British Columbia. I'm a university drop-out from a working poor background. Before getting into newspapers, I worked in a factory that made school desks, drove a grocery delivery truck, was night janitor in a GM dealership, and did a short stint as an orderly in a private mental hospital. As a teenager, I served a year as a volunteer with the Company of Young Canadians (something like VISTA in the US). I've been married to a very patient woman since the late 1960s, and I have three grown sons. In late 2007, I took up a secondary occupation -- that of an unpaid housesitter -- so that I can afford to keep on writing fiction yet still eat every day. These days, any snail-mail address of mine must be considered temporary; but you can send me an e-mail via the address on my web page: www.matthewhughes.org. I'm always interested to hear from people who've read my work.
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A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it 5 years ago
Well, it took me almost nine years to get there, but now I am all up to speed on which fantasy was hot in 2006!I don't often read short story collections, so this was a nice change of pace for me. I liked the low-level commitment, and the fact that if I didn't like one story, it wouldn't take long f...
Rrain Reads
Rrain Reads rated it 8 years ago
I would like to come here and unreserved rec this one because it was fun and quick and had an interesting premise. But I can't because the female characters were uniformly awful, existing solely to be victims and love interests, and often both at the same time. The protagonist seemed to be to be som...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 8 years ago
Contains the story "Pervert" by Charles Coleman Finlay, recommended by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Bookloving writer rated it 8 years ago
Just like when I had read the first book in this series (Majestrum), I find myself hesitating over what rating I should give this book. I think I like it. It's definitely interesting. The setting is fascinating, and the characters are - different. The plot - I'm not sure about that, but still, after...
Dantastic Book Reviews
Dantastic Book Reviews rated it 9 years ago
While acting as a middleman on a ransom case, Henghis Hapthorn runs into an amnesiac woman calling herself Hespira. Hapthorn's attempts to restore her memory take them all over the Spray. Meanwhile, the ransomer and the ransomee both have Hapthorn in their sights. Can Hapthorn restore Hespira's m...
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