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J P Smythe

(James P Smythe)
UK flag (b.1980)

James Smythe was born in London and now lives in West Sussex. Since receiving a PhD from Cardiff University, he has worked as both a Creative Writing teacher and as a writer/narrative designer of video games.

His debut novel, Heredition, was published as part of Parthian's Bright Young Things series in 2009. His next book, The Testimony, a novel about the voice of God, terrorism and the apocalypse, was published in April 2012 by HarperCollins (Blue Door). In December 2012, HarperCollins (Voyager) published The Explorer, a science fiction novel in the vein of 2001 and Solaris.

Genres: Science Fiction
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2014) : The Machine
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2016) : Way Down Dark

J P Smythe recommends
Control (2013)
(Shift, book 2)
Kim Curran
"Exciting, funny, clever, scary, captivating, and really, really awesome."
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (2014)
(Wayfarers, book 1)
Becky Chambers
"One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realized spacey SF novels I’ve read in ages."
The Deadlands (2015)
Benjamin Percy
"Brooding, dark and brilliant."
After the Fire (2017)
Will Hill
"One of the most brilliantly realized characters in contemporary YA."
Suicide Club (2018)
Rachel Heng
"I always love novels that can combine powerful writing with massive levels of compassion and heart, and SUICIDE CLUB is one such book. Its genre-straddling dark heart can't fail to impress."

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