Ben Peek

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Benjamin Michael Peek
Ben Peek at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention
Ben Peek at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention
BornBen Michael Peek
12 October 1976 (1976-10-12) (age 47)
Sydney, New South Wales
GenreSpeculative fiction

Ben Peek (born 12 October 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian author. His middle name is Michael.[1]

Peek's short stories have been published in a variety of genre magazines, including Fantasy Magazine and Aurealis. His fiction has been reprinted in various Year's Best volumes. In 2000, he created a zine called The Urban Sprawl Project, a black and white pamphlet of photography and prose, and this remains the name of his online journal. In 2006 his autobiography, Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, was published by Wheatland Press with artwork from Andrew Macrae and Anna Brown. In 2007, Black Sheep, a dystopian novel, was published by Prime Books. In 2007, Peek also began collaborating with artist Anna Brown on Nowhere Near Savannah, an online comic that in part follows on from their original collaboration on Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth. Peek has claimed that every incident described in Nowhere near Savannah is true.[2]

Peek holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Western Sydney, and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of New South Wales, during which he wrote the novel A Year in the City. His reviews have appeared on several websites including, PopImage, Sequential Tart, and Strange Horizons. In 2005 he interviewed over forty Australian speculative fiction writers, editors and publishers as part of The 2005 Snapshot: Australian Speculative Fiction.

Peek's writing is best described as speculative fiction. However, he often takes fundamental elements of the genre and combines them into other styles. Recurring themes in Peek's work include the representation of race and multiculturalism. Peek has also written a number of works that play with story form, including Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth and Johnny Cash.

Published fiction[edit]

Novels and longer works[edit]

Award nominations[edit]

Peek has been nominated for the Ditmar Awards (Australian SF Award) nine times. He is the second most nominated individual not to win a Ditmar.[3] He has twice been nominated for the Aurealis Award.[4]


  1. ^ "Authors : Peek, Ben : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Peek, Ben (October 2007). "Nowhere Near Savannah" Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: Ditmar Awards Records and Tallies". Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  4. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees". Archived from the original on 16 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.

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