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Richard Morgan - Author

About the Author

Richard Morgan is 39 and was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Below is a Q & A with this author.

 

Who’s your favourite author?
Haruki Murakami.

What’s the first book you remember reading?
First adult book – Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love.

What's the greatest influence on your writing?
Probably the noir crime tradition. That, coupled with an intense political rage at the way the world is run.

What is your philosophy for life?

As summed up in the Milcho Manchevski movie Dust – "Live your own life – because you die your own death."

Did you always want to be an author? If not, what did you originally want to be and when and why did you change your mind?
Yep – been scribbling stories since I was about eight or nine. Only took me the best part of the next thirty years to get published!

Who do you most admire and why?
My father – because he's worked hard all his life, often under conditions of crushing adversity, has never once backed away from his obligations and responsibilities, and has still managed to retain an incredible generosity of spirit that I've rarely seen equalled.

What jobs did you have before you started writing?
In my time I've been a rent collector, a furniture mover and a barman, to name but three of the more interesting. Mostly, though, I worked as a globe-trotting English as a Foreign Language teacher, with spells in Istanbul and Madrid.

Tell us about your best or worst holiday experience.
Best so far has to be walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu – I'd wanted to do it ever since I was a kid and my expectations were huge, but it still more than lived up to them. One to remember when you're old.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
As a young man, sidling up to an older woman I thought fancied me, putting a hand on her leg and discovering I had utterly, utterly misread the signals. Cringe!!!! Happened long ago when I was young and inept, but it still makes me blush to recall it nearly two decades later.

What is a typical writing day?
An impossible dream – I seem either to sit around staring into space and writing nothing, or lock on obsessively and spend dawn 'til dusk scrawling without a break. You'd think at my age I'd have learnt a little moderation (and time management), but sadly, no.

What single thing might people be surprised to learn about you?
That my violent tendencies are limited to non-existent.

Featured books by Richard Morgan

Thirteen Previously published as BLACK MAN

Thirteen Previously published as BLACK MAN

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

One hundred years from now, and against all the odds, Earth has found a new stability; the political order has reached some sort of balance, and the new colony on Mars is growing. But the fraught years of the 21st century have left an uneasy legacy ... Genetically engineered alpha males, designed to fight the century's wars have no wars to fight and are surplus to requirements. And a man bred and designed to fight is a dangerous man to have around in peacetime. Many of them have left for Mars but now one has come back and killed everyone else on the shuttle he returned in. Only one man, a genengineered ex-soldier himself, can hunt him down and so begins a frenetic man-hunt and a battle survival. And a search for the truth about what was really done with the world's last soldiers. BLACK MAN is an unstoppable SF thriller but it is also a novel about predjudice, about the ramifications of playing with our genetic blue-print. It is about our capacity for violence but more worrying, our capacity for deceit and corruption. This is another landmark of modern SF from one of its most exciting and commercial authors.

The Steel Remains

The Steel Remains

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/07/2009

The Tarantino of British SF, Morgan moves like a magician between dark fantasy and hard SF, from Conan characters with 4 letter words to rough and tough space mercenaries and private eyes, but my own favourite is MARKET FORCES, which presents an almost world gone bonkers, where business corporations dominate with a chilling sense of evil afoot.   Lovereading view... There was a lot of hype around this book as Richard Morgan moved away from his usual science fiction and in to the fantasy realm but the hype is pretty well justified. This may be a little too hard hitting for some, with very strong language and graphic sex scenes not necessarily for the faint hearted, but it is a brilliant story and thoroughly enjoyable.

Woken Furies

Woken Furies

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2008

This is high action, ideas driven, noir science fiction but I believe lovers of action adventures could enjoy it too.Comparison: Michael Marshall Smith, Neal Asher, Nick Sagan.Similar this month: None.

Market Forces

Market Forces

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2008

In a near future London dominated by the power of multi global corporations, business executives fight each other not just in the boardroom but also on the roads in deadly reinforced vehicles. White collar wars against a background of shadowy conspiracies make this one of the best ‘what if’ examples of recent science fiction.

Market Forces

Market Forces

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Richard Morgan, through his novels has created a technologically advanced but amoral human race whether set in the far future as with Altered Carbon or near future as with Market Forces they are absolutely gripping and whenever I read one I regularly miss my stop on the tube!

Market Forces

Market Forces

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2004

In a near future London dominated by the power of multi global corporations, business executives fight each other not just in the boardroom but also on the roads in deadly reinforced vehicles. White collar wars against a background of shadowy conspiracies make this one of the best ‘what if’ examples of recent science fiction.

Market Forces

Market Forces

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2004

Richard Morgan, through his novels has created a technologically advanced but amoral human race whether set in the far future as with Altered Carbon or near future as with Market Forces they are absolutely gripping and whenever I read one I regularly miss my stop on the tube!

The Dark Defiles

The Dark Defiles

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Compared to Michael Moorcock and Joe Abercrombie alike, Richard Morgan's fast moving and brutal science fantasy reaches its final volume as Ringil comes to his final reckoning and sees the world tipping into another war with the dragon folk. And, most terrifying of all, the prophecy of a dark lord come to rule may be coming true very close to home... THE DARK DEFILES is a supremely fast moving 240,000 word epic. A massive yet tight story that both shines a light on some mysteries from earlier volumes and reveals deeper mysteries yet. We encounter the artifacts of an ancient race, learn the true story of the ghostly Dwenda and follow three old friends as they face their greatest test yet.

Other books by Richard Morgan

The Making of Kropotkin's Anarchist Thought

The Making of Kropotkin's Anarchist Thought

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2020

This book argues that the Russian thinker Petr Kropotkin's anarchism was a bio-political revolutionary project. It shows how Kropotkin drew on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European and Russian bio-social-medical scientific thought to the extent that ideas about health, sickness, insanity, degeneration, and hygiene were for him not metaphors but rather key political concerns. It goes on to discuss how for Kropotkin's bio-political anarchism, the state, capitalism, and revolution were medical concerns whose effects on the individual and society were measurable by social statistics and explainable by bio-social-medical knowledge. Overall, the book provides a refreshing, innovative approach to understanding Kropotkin's anarchism.

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2020

Black Widow: Welcome To The Game

Black Widow: Welcome To The Game

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2020

Thin Air

Thin Air

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work. And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years . . . and it promises to be a publication to remember. An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.

Place-Names of Glamorgan

Place-Names of Glamorgan

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2018

What on earth do Blaenegel, Gwauncaegurwen and Mawdlam mean? Is Brynsadler named from someone who made saddles or someone called Sadler? Are there really `high lights' in Highlight, worms at Worms Head and butter at Brynmenyn? Scarcely a week goes by without hearing arguments about how we should spell or say a particular name but finding answers to your questions isn't always easy and what you find in dictionaries, local histories and websites may leave you with lingering doubts. Based on many years of detailed research, Place-Names of Glamorgan investigates the historical evidence and meanings of more than 1,100 place-names in the historic county of Glamorgan, stretching from Rhossili to Rumney and Rhoose to Rhigos. The illustrated volume contains a concise introduction to the subject, a bibliography, a glossary of common place-name elements, and a close examination of individual place-names and their historic forms.

Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2018

MAJOR NEW NETFLIX SERIES This must-read story is a confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel from a multi-award-winning author. Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn?t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.

The Global Child Poverty Challenge

The Global Child Poverty Challenge

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2016

Cambridge IGCSE (R) Computer Science Programming Book

Cambridge IGCSE (R) Computer Science Programming Book

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

This programming book accompanies Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science introducing and developing the practical skills that will help readers to develop coding solutions to the tasks contained within. Starting from simple skills to more complex challenges, this book shows how to approach a coding problem using Structure Diagrams and Flow Charts, explains programming logic using pseudocode, and gives full solutions to the programming tasks set.

Complete SF Collection

Complete SF Collection

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/11/2013

Richard Morgan blazed onto the SF scene in 2002 with ALTERED CARBON, which won the Philip K. Dick award and was optioned by Hollywood. He followed this up with two further novels continuing the adventures of Takeshi Kovacs - BROKEN ANGELS and WOKEN FURIES. He also wrote two further standalone SF novels, MARKET FORCES and BLACK MAN (which won the Arthur C. Clarke award).All five of these novels are collected here as the perfect introduction to Richard's work, or a welcome reminder of his power as a writer. Richard has also written two computer games (CRYSIS 2 and SYNDICATE), comics for MARVEL and is currently working on a fantasy trilogy comprising OF THE STEEL REMAINS, THE COLD COMMANDS, THE DARK DEFILES.

The Cold Commands

The Cold Commands

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2012

Ringil Eskiath, scarred wielder of the kiriath-forged broadsword Ravensfriend, is a man on the run - from his past and the family who have disowned him, from the slave trade magnates of Trelayne who want him dead, and apparently from the dark gods themselves, who are taking an interest but making no more sense than they ever have. Outlawed and exiled from his ancestral home in the north, Ringil has only one place left to turn - Yhelteth, city heart of the southern Empire, where perhaps he can seek asylum with the kiriath half-breed Archeth Indamaninarmal, former war comrade and now high-up advisor to the Emperor Jhiral Khimran II. But Archeth Indamaninarmal has problems of her own to contend with, as does her house guest, bodyguard and one time steppe nomad Egar the Dragonbane. And far from gaining the respite he is seeks, Ringil will instead find himself implicated in fresh schemes and doubtful allegiances no safer than those he has left behind. Old enemies are stirring, the old order is rotted through and crumbling, and though no-one yet knows it, the city of Yhelteth is about to explode ...

Sailing Away

Sailing Away

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/02/2012

The moment you think you see where Sailing Away is going to take you, I promise: you don't. These deft, sometimes daft, consistently darksome stories are as impossible to outguess and bewilderingly interesting to ride as the postmodern Pacific that inspires them. --David James Duncan

I Am Sea Glass

I Am Sea Glass

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2011

The Fourth Witch

The Fourth Witch

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2008

Former Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Richard Morgan's memoir about his thirty years in politics.

Broken Angels

Broken Angels

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Fifty years after the events of ALTERED CARBON, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless -- and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink. A breakneck-paced crime thriller, ALTERED CARBON took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. BROKEN ANGELS melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars. This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.

The Magic Box

The Magic Box

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2007

The Magic Blanket

The Magic Blanket

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2007