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Jeapes, Ben

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(1965-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Digital Cats Come Out Tonight" (in Digital Dreams, anth 1990, ed David V Barrett), and who has since published frequently in Interzone. His novels have been directed to Young Adult markets, and include the His Majesty's Spaceship sequence comprising His Majesty's Spaceship (1998; vt The Ark 2000) and The Xenocide Mission (2002), in which a generally rational human race is brought into an intergalactic Commonwealth full of Alien civilizations, some friendly, some not. Jeapes displays throughout a Xenobiological flair quite evocative of the work of Larry Niven. Singletons include Winged Chariot (2000; vt Time's Chariot 2008), in which a Dystopian Earth, under the control of Time Police, faces the end of temporal stability; and The New World Order (2004), an Alternate History set in a seventeenth-century England invaded by Aliens. Under the House Name Sebastian Rook he wrote the first three Vampire Plagues tales, London (2004), Paris (2004) and Mexico (2005). [JC]

Ben Jeapes

born Belfast, Northern Ireland: 14 February 1965



His Majesty's Spaceship

  • His Majesty's Spaceship (London: Scholastic Press, 1998) [His Majesty's Spaceship: pb/]
    • The Ark (New York: Scholastic, 2000) [vt of the above: His Majesty's Spaceship: pb/]
  • The Xenocide Mission (Oxford, Oxfordshire: David Fickling Books, 2002) [His Majesty's Spaceship: hb/]

Vampire Plagues

Ted Gorse

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