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M John Harrison

(Michael John Harrison)
UK flag (b.1945)

aka Gabriel King

Michael John Harrison was born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1945 and now lives in London.
Harrison is stylistically an Imagist and his early work relies heavily on the use of strange juxtapositions characteristic of absurdism.

Genres: Science Fiction
   1. The Pastel City (1971)
   2. A Storm of Wings (1980)
   3. In Viriconium (1982)
     aka The Floating Gods
   4. Viriconium Nights (1984)
   1. Light (2002)
   2. Nova Swing (2006)
   3. Empty Space (2012)
Anthologies containing stories by M John Harrison
Short stories
The Incalling
The New Rays
The Macbeth Expiation (1968)
Visions of Monad (1968)
Green Five Renegade (1969)
Lamia Mutable (1972)
Absorbing the Miraculous (1974)
'The Wolf that Follows' (1974)
Running Down (1975)
Settling the World (1975)
The Ice Monkey [short story] (1980)
The Quarry (1983)
The Luck in the Head [short story] (1984)
The Dancer from the Dance (1985)
Small Heirlooms (1987)
The Great God Pan (1988)
Anima [short story] (1992)
The Dead (1992) (with Simon Ings)
Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring (1994)
Empty (1995)
Seven Guesses of the Heart (1996)
Suicide Coast (1999)

World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1985) : Viriconium Nights
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1997) : Signs of Life
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (2001) : Travel Arrangements
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book winner (2002) : Light
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2003) : Light
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel nominee (2006) : Nova Swing
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book winner (2007) : Nova Swing
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2007) : Nova Swing
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : Nova Swing
Philip K Dick Award Best Book winner (2007) : Nova Swing
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2013) : Empty Space

M John Harrison recommends
Tunnel Through the Deeps (1972)
Harry Harrison
"A genuine flavour of Verne ... very enjoyable."
Perdido Street Station (2000)
(New Crobuzon, book 1)
China Miéville
"Energetic, thuggish, constantly inventive China Mieville continues his project of rebuilding fantasy from the sub cellar up. New Crobuzon, city of clockwork engine and subterranean punishment factory, has the architectonics of a living thing. It is a site of elation, dispute, danger and change: a city raucous with dreams."
The Quality of Light (2001)
Christopher Kenworthy
"A curious and powerful novel. Magic and rage among people trapped in the sticky residues of their own needs."
The Western Wind (2018)
Samantha Harvey
"[Harvey’s] prose is as rich as ever, her structures clever and efficient … we daren’t put the book down … it’s a historical novel full of the liveliness and gristle of the period it depicts; an absorbing mystery with an unpredictable flurry of twists in its last few pages; a scarily nuanced examination of a long-term moral collapse; a beautifully conceived and entangled metaphor for Britain’s shifting relationships with Europe. But most of all it’s a deeply human novel of the grace to be found in people."
The Heavens (2019)
Sandra Newman
"The Heavens, shifting restlessly between worlds, gently encouraging Elizabethan England into eccentric New York, rolling everything into a dreamy, desperate new reality, is everything we expect from Sandra Newman. It's strange but focused, beautifully written and put together, dangerously benign, comic and clever, bright as a knife."
Outside Looking In (2019)
T C Boyle
"Funny, but not always in a way you can laugh at. Boyle's dissections are far too accurate. One moment you're watching the antics of a narcissistic cast; the next you're finding it all heartbreakingly human."

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