Colin Greenland has been described as 'one of the most distinctive
and best loved of British sf writers'. He has also been described,
by Neil Gaiman, as 'looking a little like Gandalf's rock-and-rolling
youngest brother would, if he were secretly a pirate'. To this
uncertain tribute, Colin's only recorded response was: 'A-ha,
Frodo me lad, don't step on my blue suede sandals.'
Colin was born in Dover, Kent in 1954. He wrote his first book,
about a fire engine that laid an egg, five years later. His first
novel, Daybreak on a Different Mountain, took two years
to write and seven years to sell, finally appearing in1984 from
Allen & Unwin, who had already rejected it a few years earlier.
Colin made his name in the columns of the New Statesman,
The Face and the Sunday Times, where he patiently
explained to a sceptical world about sf and fantasy. For two years
he was Arts Council Writer in Residence at the Science Fiction
Foundation. He wrote the words for Magnetic Storm, a book
of works by the fantasy artist Roger Dean, and his interviews
with Michael Moorcock have been collected and published under
the title Death is No Obstacle.
Colin's fourth novel, Take Back Plenty, began the tale
of the cantankerous and resilient space trucker, Captain Tabitha
Jute. It appeared in 1990, to immediate and lasting acclaim. Take
Back Plenty has been praised by authors and critics from Iain
Banks to Ursula Le Guin, and remains the only novel ever to have
won all three British sf awards: the Eastercon, the British SF
Association, and the Arthur C. Clarke. Take Back Plenty
was also the first novel nominated by the SF Fan Fund to be recorded
as a Talking Book for the Blind, with Colin reading his own words.
Take Back Plenty was followed in 1995 by a sequel,
Seasons of Plenty. The Plenty Principle, a collection
of short stories featuring a previously untold adventure of the
young Captain Jute, appeared in 1997, and Mother of Plenty completed the trilogy in July 1998.
Colin Greenland's work has been translated into nine languages
and broadcast on BBC radio. In 1996 he was Guest of Honour at
the annual British national sf convention.
After eight years at Ortygia House, famous freezing cold palatial
home of sf writers, in April 1996 Colin Greenland moved to Cambridge,
where he now lives with his partner, the writer and editor Susanna
'A Passion for Lord Pierrot' and eighteen others of the best stories
of Colin Greenland can be found in:
- The Plenty Principle
HarperCollins, ISBN 0 00 649906 6, £5.99
(reviewed elsewhere in infinity plus)
'Exceeds even the wildest hopes' - Peter Crowther, Interzone
'Indelibly entertaining' - Vector
'Testament to the man's unique gift of story telling' - SFX
- The Tabitha Jute Trilogy
- Take Back Plenty, HarperCollins, ISBN 0 586
21339 2, £5.99
- Seasons of Plenty, HarperCollins, ISBN 0 00
647344 X, £4.99
- Mother of Plenty ("...a seriously strange load of old
guff..."), HarperCollins, ISBN 0 00 649907 4 £5.99
not available in bookshops:
- Harm's Way
'Tremendous fun... Colin Greenland has recreated the universe'
'A charmer...deserves the label of tour de force' - Analog
'SF will never be the same again' - Starburst
- The Hour of the Thin Ox
- Other Voices
for autographed paperback copies at bargain prices
and small numbers of other titles, editions & formats, email requests
Colin Greenland: bibliography
- "Miss Otis Regrets" 2nd prize,
The Fiction Magazine/Faber & Faber competition.
- The Entropy Exhibition: Michael Moorcock and
the British "New Wave" in Science Fiction
(Routledge) - Eaton Award for S.F. Criticism, 1985.
- Daybreak on a Different Mountain
(novel - Allen & Unwin).
- "A House of Straw and Paper", Imagine.
- Magnetic Storm: The Work of Roger and Martyn
Dean (Dragon's World).
- Co-author: Album Cover Album vol. 3 (Dragon's
- Co-editor: Interzone: The First Anthology (J.M. Dent;
St. Martin's Press, New York).
- Rückkehr im Morgenrot
- Co-author: The Freelance Writer's Handbook
- The Hour of the Thin Ox
(novel - Unwin Hyman).
- "The Living End", The Fiction Magazine.
- Co-editor: Storm Warnings: S.F. Confronts
the Future (essay collection - S.Illinois University Press).
- Other Voices (novel
- Unwin Hyman).
- "The Wish", Other Edens II (Unwin
- "Off the Case" and "The Disemboguement",
The Drabble Project (Beccon).
- Video, ICA Guardian Conversation with
- "The Traveller", Zenith: The Best
in New British S.F. (Sphere).
- "In My View" (opinion article), Sunday
Times, 10 Sep.
- Take Back Plenty (novel
- Unwin Hyman) - Arthur C. Clarke Award and B.S.F.A. Award for
Best Novel, 1991; Eastercon Award, 1992.
- "A Passion for Lord Pierrot", Zenith
2: The Best in New British S.F. (Sphere).
- "Best Friends", More Tales from
The Forbidden Planet (Titan).
- "Science Fiction 1990" (supplement),
Sunday Times, 9 Sep.
- "The Carve-Up", Journal Wired.
- "Nothing Special", Temps (Penguin).
- "The Stone Face", Final Shadows
(New York: Doubleday).
- "In the Garden", Novacon chapbook.
- Take Back Plenty (New
- [Daybreak on a Different Mountain] (Tokyo
- "Going to the Black Bear", The Weerde
- Michael Moorcock: Death is No Obstacle
- "Candy Comes Back", In Dreams
- "Seasonal Greetings from Bacup", R.E.M.
- "The Foreign Post", Eurotemps
- "Jen ctete dál...", Ikarie.
- Variété Tussen de Sterren
- Reconquistar Plenty
(Barcelona: Martínez Roca).
- Den Ny Alice (Århus:
- [Take Back Plenty] (Moscow: Gryph-F).
- Harm's Way (novel
- HarperCollins and Avon).
- Begegnungen auf dem Möbiusband
- "The Girl who Changed Everything",
The Weerde 2 (Penguin).
- "Lodgings", Touch Wood (Little,
- "Temptations of Iron", Michael Moorcock's
Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (Stone Mountain, GA: White
- "The Station With No Name", 13 More
Tales of Horror (Scholastic).
- "The Travelling Companion", Strange
- "Station of the Cross", Tombs
(Stone Mountain, GA: White Wolf).
- Seasons of Plenty
(novel - HarperCollins).
- "Grandma", 13 Again (Scholastic).
- "The Suffer the Children Man" (BBC
- Seasons of Plenty
- "Masquerade and High Water", The
Sandman Book of Dreams (New York: HarperCollins).
- Sophies Kurs (München:
- "A Bit of Company" (BBC Radio 4).
- "Pokusení oceli", Ikarie.
- Harmin Tiellä
- "Fiery Spirits", Pawn of Chaos:
Tales of the Eternal Champion (Stone Mountain, GA: White Wolf).
- The Plenty Principle
(collection - HarperCollins).
- Problemen in Overvloed
- "Christmas with Mary", Interzone.
- "Emergency Exit" (extract from Mother of Plenty), Interzone.
- Mother of Plenty (novel - HarperCollins and Avon).
- "Miss Becky Laban and the Galactic League", Albedo.
- "The Way to Norwich", Moonshots (DAW, 1999).
- children's novel, Dreamtime series, title to be announced (Orion, 1999).
- Take Back Plenty (Milan: Perseo; Portugal; Bulgaria).
- Harm's Way (Paris: J'Ai Lu).
Work in progress
- Tempesta (graphic
novel - with Dave McKean).
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