(1976- ) Australian author whose first work, The Enigma Variant (1999 chap) with Chris Mowbray is horror. He began publishing work of wider genre interest with "Cigarettes and Roses" in Passing Strange: A New Anthology of Australian Speculative Fiction (anth 2002) edited by Bill Congreve; further short stories have been assembled as Dead Americans and Other Stories (coll 2014). Of specific sf interest is his first novel, Black Sheep (2007), set in a distant Near Future Australia where – as in the rest of the world – a system of apartheid divides all Cities into three racially segregated Keeps; the protagonist's punishment, after he crosses a forbidden boundary, is grotesque: he is stripped down to a colour-neutral, Memory-Edited shell, identified only by number.
The Godless (2014) begins an ambitious fantasy series, Children, set in a world still strewn with the corpses of the gods, 15,000 years after the end of an apocalyptic War. [JC]
Ben Michael Peek
born Sydney, New South Wales: 12 October 1976
- Black Sheep (Rockville, Maryland: Wildside Press/Prime Books, 2007) [pb/]
- Above / Below (Yokine, Western Australia: Twelfth Planet Press, 2011) with Stephanie Campisi [coll: dos: pb/Amanda Rainey]
collections and stories
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