Luke F.D. Marsden

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Luke F. D. Marsden lives in the South West of England. His books and short stories combine metaphysical and visionary fiction with realism and detailed observation. He has travelled extensively in six continents and brings the cumulative experiences of these journeys to his writing. He is a graduate of Oxford University in Molecular Biology and holds a Master's degree in Computer Science. These fields of study have taught him how little we know about the world and our own minds.

"I think that the ability of literature, at its best, to unlock and engage the power of the imagination makes it the most powerful art form. Two and a half thousand years of philosophy, medicine, biology and psychology since Aristotle have yet to produce even a basi
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Luke F.D. Marsden When someone picks up your book to read it, they are making a personal investment of their precious time in the words that *you* have written, over…moreWhen someone picks up your book to read it, they are making a personal investment of their precious time in the words that *you* have written, over and above everything that everyone else has ever written. That is an incredible honour. Never forget this.(less)
Luke F.D. Marsden I can't remember which climber it was, but they likened rock climbing to art and ice climbing to a craft. It set me thinking about the differences…moreI can't remember which climber it was, but they likened rock climbing to art and ice climbing to a craft. It set me thinking about the differences between the two. I believe writing combines aspects of both. The bursts of inspiration, the creation of the aesthetic, are the art. The discipline needed to overhaul, re-work and do the million tiny adjustments required to bring the work to a finished whole; that is the craft. I'll only write when I feel inspired - I wouldn't expect anybody to read my books otherwise. The more prosaic things like proofreading and copy editing I leave for the between-times.(less)
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Celestial dust devils: The story of a book cover

When creating the cover for my most recent story, The Celestines, I went looking for inspiration among pictures of space. The story is about a race of ghostly beings that derive all of their energy from starlight, dedicating their existences to exchanging ideas which they record in the dust of their planet. To my amazement, I happened across not only some good space images but something that r... Read more of this blog post »
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“The places we visited were always richer and always more intricate than one could imagine. I loved to find out about the world, the good and the bad, in this way. For me, observing things with my own eyes was the only way. My wanderlust was also a wonderlust.”
Luke F.D. Marsden, Wondering, the Way is Made: A South American Odyssey
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“Travelling the dusty highways in the early evenings, just as the light began to fade, I would look out along the perpendicular dirt tracks that joined the road at intervals. They undulated away gently into the distance; slow streams of people in twos and threes and fours walked them, through the haze, talking easily, making their way back from wherever lay beyond. I longed to take every one of these turnings, to step out along every track in the morning, to return at dusk, to see what lay over each of these horizons and to share in the stories of those that returned from them. My trajectory, and that of each one of us, was that of a meteor, shedding millions of tiny sparks of possibility with every passing second, each with the capacity to ignite a flash of experience, but nearly all of which quickly burned up and vanished as it was left behind. The fire that moved forward was the flame of our lives.”
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“You see, mzungus make these programmes because in their countries they know that everything will work correctly. And when they come to Uganda they still make their programmes but they forget that things don't work here like they do when they are at home. And then when something goes wrong, like there's no petrol, or the road has been flooded, or the battery doesn't work, they can't do all the things in their programme. Sometimes, even when they are at home, the programme doesn't work. At these times, when the programme goes bad, it makes them very unhappy. Very unhappy.”
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message 7: by Harry

Harry Whitewolf That's cool mate. I never got quite as far down as Patagonia. Best of luck with the paperback- it look slick!


message 6: by Luke

Luke Marsden Harry wrote: "I'm loving the cover of the new paperback edition of your book Luke!"

Thanks Harry! It's been good to get the paperback out. The cover photo is one I took myself down in Patagonia, not too far from San Martín de los Andes. The flat-topped hill on the horizon was a favoured haunt of condors - they'd jump off and catch the thermals.


message 5: by Harry

Harry Whitewolf I'm loving the cover of the new paperback edition of your book Luke!


message 4: by Luke

Luke Marsden Haha, cheers Rebecca. I was already scraping the barrel of atlatl jokes - I would shortly have been forced to concede defeat! Likewise looking forward to talking books :)


Rebecca Gransden Thanks for the friend request Luke. I suppose it was either that or go on punning on atalatls into infinity. Can't wait for more exciting, generally book themed, discussion :)


message 2: by Luke

Luke Marsden Cheers Leo, or should that be Skål :) The pleasure's mine!


message 1: by Leo

Leo Robertson Hiya Luke, nice to make your acquaintance and it was a pleasure for me to read your ask-the-author responses! Looking forward to your book chat :)


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