Christopher Priest





Christopher Priest

Author profile


born
in Cheadle, England, The United Kingdom
July 14, 1943

gender
male

website

genre


About this author

Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968.

He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In 2006, The Prestige was made into a major production by Newmarket Films. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige went straight to No.1 US box office. It received two Academy Award nominations. Other novels, including Fugue For a Darkening Island and The Glamour, are currently in preparation for filming.

He is Vice-President of the H. G. Wells Soc
...more


Christopher Priest isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but he does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from his feed.

This is a public service entry:


Oh, my God. / Cooper, there’s no point using our fuel to – / Just analyse the Endurance’s spin – / What’re you doing?! / Docking. / Endurance rotation is 67, 68 RPM – / Get ready to match it on the retro-thrusters – / It’s not possible – / No. It’s necessary.


When I wrote the blog entry immediately below this one I had been planning to write a review of Christophe...

Read more of this blog post »
 •  flag
0 comments
1 like · like  • 
Published on November 19, 2014 12:47 • 46 views
Average rating: 3.80 · 17,614 ratings · 2,064 reviews · 82 distinct works · Similar authors
The Prestige
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 9,505 ratings — published 1995 — 49 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Inverted World
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,964 ratings — published 1974 — 31 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Affirmation
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 720 ratings — published 1981 — 19 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Islanders
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 653 ratings — published 2011 — 13 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Glamour
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 475 ratings — published 1984 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Separation
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 568 ratings — published 2002 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Adjacent
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 445 ratings — published 2013 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Extremes
3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 237 ratings — published 1998 — 13 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Dream of Wessex
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 1977 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Space Machine
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 195 ratings — published 1976 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Christopher Priest…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige".”
Christopher Priest, The Prestige

“The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you wont find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.”
Christopher Priest, The Prestige

“Magicians protect their secrets not because the secrets are large and important, but because they are so small and trivial. The wonderful effects created on stage are often the result of a secret so absurd that the magician would be embarrassed to admit that that was how it was done.”
Christopher Priest

Polls

NOVEMBER SCIENCE FICTION: This poll decides which two books will go on to the run-off poll for the November Science Fiction Book-of-the-month.

 
  28 votes, 31.5%

 
  17 votes, 19.1%

 
  14 votes, 15.7%

 
  12 votes, 13.5%

 
  11 votes, 12.4%

 
  7 votes, 7.9%

6 comments
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Beyond Reality: Nominations for September! 20 126 Jun 20, 2009 09:29AM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: This topic has been closed to new comments. November Sci Fi Theme Book Nominations 124 229 Nov 03, 2009 11:30PM  
The Book Challenge: Mel's 2009 Book Challenge 70 163 Dec 24, 2009 05:20AM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: What are you reading in April 2010? 81 216 Apr 28, 2010 08:56AM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Christopher to Goodreads.