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Stephen Hunt has written one previous book, the fantasy novel For the Crown and the Dragon, which won the WH Smith New Talent Award in 1994 and was published by the UK's largest bookseller under the auspices of their New Talent Initiative. It went on to get praise in reviews as diverse as Locus, the Guardian, Science Fiction Chronicle, Arcane, Broadsword and various other newspapers and genre titles.

Stephen Hunt set up one of the first science fiction and fantasy web sites, www.SFcrowsnest.com, in 1994, the same year Netscape was launched as a graphical web browser. Today Stephen Hunt's SFcrowsnest.com â„¢ has 340,000 readers a month and is PageRanked as the second most popular science fiction site on the internet (the first being SciFi.com, the web site of the SciFi television channel).

Originally set up to help promote Hunt's fiction, the site has expanded into an online magazine featuring SFF book and movie reviews, editorials, fiction, articles and news. Contributors include authors such as Ken Macleod and Stephen Baxter, as well as hundreds of science fiction and fantasy fans around the world.

Stephen Hunt lives in Surrey with his wife and children.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

1) When do you find time to write while fitting in a job, family, hobbies the website and “nerding about on your PC”?

The trick here is to make the best use of your dead time – that hour both ways on the train becomes liquid gold when you pull out your laptop or notepad to get jiggy with the wordage. The hour at lunch becomes a creative opportunity, rather than just sixty minutes of bored meandering around Pret in the hopeless search for a new sarnie you haven’t tried before. Getting up early helps, too, so you can fit in some coffee shop time before the day job; hey, if it was good enough for JK Rowling… I’m usually up around 5.50am each morning.

2) Who or what has been the biggest influence on your writing?

For me this is always a difficult question, because I’ve read so many science fiction and fantasy books when I was younger, plundering my father’s library – he was an early genre fan, and we had thousands of SFF titles knocking around. Influences would have to include authors like Jules Verne, Arthur C. Clark, Jack Vance, Iain Banks, Sheri S. Tepper, Samuel R. Delany, Gene Wolfe, James Blish, C. J. Cherryh, Ben Bova, William Gibson, H.G. Wells, Greg Bear, Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven, Joe Haldeman, Frederik Pohl, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jerry Pournelle, Michael Moorcock, J.R. Tolkien, Clifford Simak, Douglas Adams, Dan Simmons, Isaac Asimov, John Wyndham, Piers Anthony, Harry Harrison, Robert Heinlein, Robert Silverberg, Ray Bradbury, A. E. van Vogt, Kurt Vonnegut, Alec Effinger.

3) Stuck alone on a desert island would you rather have one good Scifi novel to read or your favourite Scifi TV series (plus battery powered TV to watch on)?

I’d go for a book every time. If I absolutely had to go for a TV set though, I’d ask for Bladerunner on DVD. That’s one of the few science fiction movies I can watch more than once and never get tired of seeing it.

4) What is your favourite book outside the Scifi Fantasy genre? Or What is your favourite book? Or both??

Outside the genre, it would be a toss up between Martin Amis’s Money or A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe. I suspect if I had to make the dreaded Desert Island Disc choice now, my book would be outside the science fiction and fantasy genre, just because once you start writing books in the SFF genre, it becomes much harder to (re)read genre novels without bringing a much more critical eye to the novels. I’m reliably told by someone in the business that chefs feel the same when they eat in someone else’s restaurant. It kind of ruins the experience.

5) What is it about the Victorian era that particularly interests you?

I’d stretch my own period feel back a little earlier to encapsulate the Regency/Georgian period, too. Both that and the Victorian era just have so many plot possibilities, you can have endless fun stretching around the borders of history and playing with the stereotypes of the period. It was the time when the Great was slipped in before the Britain, and there’s still a lot of nostalgia for that period in the UK. I think it’s a historical fascination that stretches beyond just my own – you only have to look at the popularity on television of costume dramas, which are invariably set in the world of Jane Austin/Dickens, or subtly aping them in TV series like Tipping the Velvet (from Sarah Waters’ book, of course). When you get into the military side of things, there’s Sharpe’s Company, Hornblower, Patrick O'Brian’s Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin characters. All books. All TV series or movies, too.

6) What advice would you give to writers wanting to break in to Science Fiction writing?

I think the best advice is just keep at it, book after book, getting better with each work, published or no, and avoid anything that distracts from the actual tedious act of locking yourself away from the world and just writing it out (such as writers’ circles, hobby magazines on writing from WH Smith, and writer’s classes: all useless, and all the kiss of death to any burgeoning artist).

If you like Stephen Hunt you might also like to read books by Col Buchanan, Scott Lynch and William Gibson.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Stephen Hunt

The Stealers' War by Stephen Hunt
The Stealers' War
Stephen Hunt
Weyland has been at war. Invaded by a technologically advanced enemy, the cities sacked, and what fragile peace remained torn apart by a civil war. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter. Jacob Carneham's son is trying to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/03/2016
In Dark Service by Stephen Hunt
In Dark Service
Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt is a masterful writer and I don’t know why he is not more popular. Well, this is the book to launch him to new heights. Old fans, here’s the new one, you’ll love it. Newcomers, this is the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
In Dark Service by Stephen Hunt
In Dark Service
Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt is a masterful writer and I don’t know why he is not more popular. Well, this is the book to launch him to new heights. Old fans, here’s the new one, you’ll love it. Newcomers, this is the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2014
From the Deep of the Dark by Stephen Hunt
From the Deep of the Dark
Stephen Hunt
The sixth marvellous tale of high adventure and derring-do from the master of steampunk literature, set in the world of The Court of the Air.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/09/2012
Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt
Secrets of the Fire Sea
Stephen Hunt
The fourth volume in Hunt’s fascinating Jackelian fantasy series has unbridled imagination to spare, as cyberpunk landscapes conjugate to perfection with a Sherlockian mystery investigation of the highest calibre led by Boxiron and Jethro Daunt. Wildly entertaining and with the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt
Secrets of the Fire Sea
Stephen Hunt
The fourth volume in Hunt’s fascinating Jackelian fantasy series has unbridled imagination to spare, as cyberpunk landscapes conjugate to perfection with a Sherlockian mystery investigation of the highest calibre led by Boxiron and Jethro Daunt. Wildly entertaining and with the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2010
The Kingdom Beyond the Waves by Stephen Hunt
The Kingdom Beyond the Waves
Stephen Hunt
One of the best of a group of writers who return to Victorian storytelling values for vigorous steampunk tales of dastardly deeds, cliffhangers and intrigue. The Kingdom of Jackals series is already into 3 books, the latest being
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2008
The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt
The Court of the Air
Stephen Hunt
A compelling fantasy set in a Victorian-style world of airships and intrigue, this book is a real gem. One of those where to talk about it is to spoil it. A big book that rattles along excitingly and contains a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2007
The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt
The Court of the Air
Stephen Hunt
This is a tale of intrigue and drama with thoroughly likeable characters who you are rooting for all the way through their various adventures. If Philip Pullman is your kind of author then give Stephen Hunt a try, he wonât...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2007

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