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Matthew Hughes

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in Liverpool, The United Kingdom
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Jack Vance, Joseph Campbell, P. G. Wodehouse, Oscar Wilde, Gene Wolfe

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May 2008


Born in Liverpool, his family moved to Canada when he was five years old. Married since late 1960s, he has three grown sons. He is currently relocated to Britain. He is a former director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

A university drop-out from a working poor background, he 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, he served a year as a volunteer with the Company of Young Canadians.

He has made his living as a writer all of his adult life, first as a journalist in newspapers, then as a staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment, and, since 1979, as
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I'm not doing any planning at this stage. These things always depend on the numbers. My PS limiteds sell out, but there are only 100 copi…more
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I'm not doing any planning at this stage. These things always depend on the numbers. My PS limiteds sell out, but there are only 100 copies of those. This book is out in a trade hc edition and an ebook as well, which is a first. There may also be a paperback in a year or so. If it sells enough copies, PS will see sense in commissioning a sequel and I'll write one.(less)
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First draft of The Pelerin's Eye in the can

I’ve finished the first draft of The Pelerin’s Eye, a Dying Earth novel about a necromancer who stumbles into a career as a diplomat for the Duke of Golathreon, the city on the south shore of the Sundering Sea where Baldemar retired after his stint as a wizard’s henchman.

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Sent out ARCs and have strong positive blurbs from George R.R. Martin, David Gerrold, Robert J. Sawyer, Gle
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“What are you about?" said the vehicle as a panel popped open to reveal delicate components. "I am not accustomed to such usage."

The little man said nothing, but began to rearrange connections and sever some linkages within the autocab's mechanism. The vehicle lurched and then spiraled down to a meadow bordered by trees.

"I will be compelled to summon assist-" said the car, then broke off as Gaskarth made a final adjustment. The autocab dropped the remaining few inches to the grass, and the dwarf twisted the emergency release handle to open the doors. Filidor followed him out of the autocab.

"Who am I?" inquired the car. "Have I a function?"

"Perhaps you are a type of bird," said Gaskarth. "If so, it is your function to fly."

The autocab digested this information briefly, then lifted slightly. "Experimentation tends to support the hypothesis," it said, and flew in widening circles out of their ken.”
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“a blossom past its perfection, shedding petals like a sad metaphor”
Matthew Hughes, The Damned Busters

“Yes," said Hardacre, "but it's not real. We're not real. And when the story is all told, when He writes 'The End' at the bottom of the last page, then all this will wrap up. No more Hell, no more Heaven, no more angels, devils, saints or sinners. The story's done. It will be as if we never were”
Matthew Hughes, The Damned Busters

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