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Eric Brown was born in Haworth, Yorkshire, in May 1960, and lived in Melbourne, Australia, for four years in the seventies, where he played league football for Prahran City and began writing in 1975. In the eighties he travelled extensively throughout Greece and Asia. His first publication was in 1982, when his play for children, Noel's Ark, appeared.

His career took off in the late eighties with a succession of short stories in Interzone, Zenith, and Other Edens, among other publications. His story 'The Time-Lapsed Man' won the Interzone readers' poll for the most admired story of '88, and an Eastercon short text award in '95. He was voted the Best New European SF writer of the Year in the early nineties and has subsequently won the British Science Fiction Award. (And his marrows and potatoes have won awards at the annual Haworth Flower and Vegetable show.)

His books include the novels Penumbra, Meridian Days, Engineman, the Virex trilogy, the young adult novel Untouchable, and the collections The Time-Lapsed Man and other stories, Blue Shifting, and Deep Future. His stories continue to appear in magazines and anthologies in Britain and the US, and he's even written stories and a novel in collaboration with some guy called Keith Brooke.

Eric lives surrounded by books and his collection of yeast extract jars in Haworth, and is an excellent guide to the pubs and curry houses of West Yorkshire.

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