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. 

Blue Friday nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award

Well publically I've had to keep this under wraps until now but I can now reveal that my novel Blue Friday has been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award - the top sci-fi award in the UK.

I'm up against 82 other novels including novels from such greats as Terry Pratchet and Iain M. Banks - gulp!

Shortlist will be announced on Thursday 4 April, with the winner being announced in a special ceremony hosted by The Royal Society in London on Wednesday 1 May

The list was announced at the sfx magazine - for a full list click here