Hello and welcome to ejswift.co.uk. I’m a fiction writer represented by the Zeno Agency (zenoagency.com).
About my work
I’m the author of The Osiris Project, a speculative fiction trilogy published by Del Rey UK and Jabberwocky (US) that explores the geopolitical impacts of climate change. Book One, Osiris, is set in a future ocean metropolis, a failed utopia whose inhabitants believe they live on the last city on earth. The second book, Cataveiro, is set in South America, and expands the series to explore the world beyond Osiris. The series concludes with Tamaruq.
My latest novel, Paris Adrift, a tale of bartenders, time travel and the City of Light, is published by Solaris.
My short fiction has appeared in Interzone magazine and in anthologies from Salt Publishing, Jurassic London and NewCon Press. My short story “Saga’s Children” (The Lowest Heaven, 2013, Jurassic) was shortlisted for a BSFA Award. You can read it online for free here. “The Spiders of Stockholm” (Irregularity, 2014, Jurassic) was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
I’m inspired by writers who find the extraordinary in the ordinary. The list below is just a few examples of writers and works I love:
Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin; Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum; Teju Cole’s Open City; Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad; Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love; Angélica Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial; Sarah Hall’s The Wolf Border; Samantha Harvey’s Dear Thief; Peter Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow; Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters; Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian; David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas; Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Christopher Priest’s The Islanders, Alastair Reynolds’ House of Suns; Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven; Lavie Tidhar’s Osama; Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book.
When not writing
I’m an advocate of pole and aerial fitness, gardens and gardening.
[Image: Michael Leckie]