Search SFE    Search EoF

  Omit cross-reference entries  

Caselberg, Jay

Entry updated 29 January 2024. Tagged: Author.

Icon made by Freepik from


Working name of Australian author James Caselberg (1958-    ), mainly resident in the UK from the 1980s; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Photosynthesis" for The Pedestal Magazine in 2001 as by James A Hartley. Both his surnames are real – the first being Caselberg; on remarriage his mother took the name of Hartley – though he now uses Caselberg only. His Jack Stein sequence – comprising Wyrmhole (2003), Metal Sky (2004), The Star Tablet (2005) and Wall of Mirrors (2006) – places its noir detective into various venues requiring the use of his Psi Powers to solve crimes. In Wyrmhole, a mysteriously evacuated mining planet turns out to be the focus of complex interstellar corporation villainies; Metal Sky rather more traditionally puts Stein into problematic relations with a largish Mean Streets cast, the claustrophobia of this generic choice being loosened by the uncertainties imported by the overall sf context. This context most interestingly includes a city described in terms which combine Virtual Reality and Nanotechnology. There is a sense in the series that almost anything can happen, and can be explained. [JC]

James A Hartley/James Caselberg

born Camden, New South Wales: 11 March 1958



Jack Stein

  • Wyrmhole (New York: Roc Books, 2003) [Jack Stein: pb/Christian McGrath]
  • Metal Sky (New York: Roc Books, 2004) [Jack Stein: pb/Christian McGrath]
  • The Star Tablet (New York: Roc Books, 2005) [Jack Stein: pb/Christian McGrath]
  • Wall of Mirrors (New York: Roc Books, 2006) [Jack Stein: pb/Christian McGrath]

individual titles

  • The Wind (Alconbury Weston, Cambridgeshire: Newcon Press, 2017) [novella: chap: hb/Vincent Sammy]


previous versions of this entry

This website uses cookies.  More information here. Accept Cookies