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. 

An Android Awakes

From the author Mike French and artist Karl Brown, An Android Awakes is clever, intriguing, compelling and very cool.

'The professor then desired me “to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work." At every turn, the engine was so contrived, that the words shifted into new places, as the square bits of wood moved upside down.' Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

'She worked, as he had guessed, on the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department.' 1984 by George Orwell.

An Android Awakes :The struggle for survival and the fate of a story teller.

In the future some of us will become great writers, renowned artists, visionary filmmakers and talented photographers. Most of us though will just have more sex. Go forward a few more generations and none of us are creative save that of our procreation. Our culture is shaped by machines. The novel has become a 1000 words.

Android Writer PD121928 is part of the Publishing Android Program. To replicate their idea of a writer's life, his partner has been forcibly removed and he lives in soltitude with an allowance for drugs and prostitutes.

He also has just had his novel The Eating of Citizen Kane rejected. He has 14 more attempts to get a novel accepted by the Publishing Android Programme or he will be deactivated.

Can one of his characters and their story save him?

Introducing ...

The Locust Wife
Abel Ford
Angel UK
Cai Lun
Richard Steinberger
The Great Explorer Umberto Amunsden
Commander Oleg
Aedus Cricklewood
The Amazing Arctic Sinking Man
The Detective

Featuring Absolute Zero (the coolest spaceship ever built - literally ), an ocean in the sky, sub-atomic particles, a Märchen zoo, android communion, naked angels and mockingbirds, An Android Awakes hurtles towards the shocking conclusion of Android Writer PD121928's fate.