Mike French is an author and the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here which has been called many fine things since it started in 2007 including, "Attractive, informative, sparkling and useful" by the late Iain M. Banks and for having a “great passion and drive” by Booker shortlisted Tom McCarthy.

Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French.

Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.

Mike's second novel a dsytopian sci-fi called Blue Friday was released in 2012 by Elsewhen Press and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2013. Convergence, his third book, was released in October 2013 from Elsewhen Press and was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2014. 

Novel #2 Publishing Deal

I signed contracts last week for novel #2.

It's a good feeling: a catherine wheel spinning around in the pit of my stomach - I may spontaneously combust before I get to the end of this post.

I'll be quick.

It's with Elsewhen Press ...


a UK based independent publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction.

Look here I am here!

 And Elsewhen released a press release today here.  Here's a snippet ...

Combining dark humour with a vision of the future that is almost an inverse of
the classic dystopian nightmare of 1984, Mike’s latest novel follows in the tradition of great Speculative Fiction satirists such as Jonathan Swift.

The novel is called Blue Friday and is set in a dystopian society in the future where working hours are strictly controlled by the government: if you're married and work outside the hours of 9 to 5 you're punished: if you're lucky by Enforcment agents if not by the Family Protection Agency (FPA)- who will probably kill you.  There is enforced viewing of family television, monitored family meals times and a coming of age where people reaching the age of twenty-five are married by the state computer if they have failed to marry.  The novel follows Leviticus, the leader of the Underground Overtime Network who fights for the right for people to choose when they can work.

It's a whole different fish from The Ascent of Isaac Steward - with a clipped more cut down style. O and it has characters with great names like Mr Brittle and Mr Stone - you'll like them - not that you should mess with them mind: they are a little touchy at not being the protagonists.  You've been warned.

I'm off to drink a lot of water: still the fire within.

Blue Friday will be published in a digital edition on 1 September 2012 and launched in paperback on the 10 November 2012 at the Novacon science fiction convention.

Picture above: scene from the book.