George Mann (writer)

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George Mann
Born (1978-12-22) December 22, 1978 (age 42)
Lincolnshire, England
NationalityBritish
Occupationnovelist and editor
Notable work
Newbury and Hobbes
Ghosts of Manhattan
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction
Doctor Who novel series

George Mann (born December 22, 1978) is a British author and editor, primarily in genre fiction, and is best known for his alternate history detective novel series Newbury and Hobbes (2008-2013) and The Ghosts action science fiction noir novels (2010-2017), a book series set in the same universe.[1]

Mann works in Nottinghamshire and lives in Lincolnshire, England.[2] He is a former editor of Outland Magazine, and has also edited a number of anthologies including The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (Volumes 1, 2 and 3), The Solaris Book of New Fantasy[3] and two retrospective collections of Sexton Blake stories, Sexton Blake, Detective, which has an introduction by Michael Moorcock and Sexton Blake, Crime Fighter.[4]

Mann is the author of The Human Abstract,[5] The Severed Man, a novella in the series the Time Hunter, and co-author of the series finale, Child of Time.[6] He has also written numerous short stories, and original Doctor Who novels. In 2011 he wrote a new Sherlock Holmes audiobook as well.[7] The novels The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual marked the beginning of his Newbury and Hobbes detective series.

Newbury and Hobbes novel series[edit]

Mann has published four novels and several stories subtitled A Newbury & Hobbes or A Maurice Newbury investigation. These are steampunk adventures, set in Victorian England, featuring Sir Maurice Newbury, a gentleman "investigator for the Crown" (reminiscent of Mycroft Holmes), and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes who, unbeknownst to him, is an agent of the Queen as well. This is an ongoing series that will consist of at least six novels.[8][9]

In November 2012, Obverse Books released a Newbury and Hobbes Annual, with contents modelled on the World Distributor Annuals which were popular in the UK in the 70s and 80s. The Annual contains new stories, a boardgame, crossword and a comic strip, in the same manner as those earlier annuals.

The Ghosts novel series[edit]

Although not part of the Newbury & Hobbes franchise, Mann continued to expand upon its setting with the novel Ghosts of Manhattan and its sequels, Ghosts of War, Ghosts of Karnak, and Ghosts of Empire. Set twenty-five years after Newbury & Hobbes, the stories follow a new cast of characters, initially taking place in New York City in an alternate history version of the Roaring Twenties. Ghosts embraces a Decopunk aesthetic, depicting anachronistic coal-powered future technology and pulp heroes battling eldritch horrors and the occult in the shadows of 1920s Manhattan and beyond. Mann has dubbed this series The Ghosts after one of its lead protagonists, Gabriel Cross, a broken World War One veteran-turned-vigilante who assumes an alter ego called The Ghost and battles organized crime corrupted by supernatural forces, while struggling with the horrors of his own past.[10]

On October 15, 2020, Legion M announced they were developing an adult animated television series with Powerhouse Animation based on The Ghosts novels, with Aaron Waltke attached as showrunner and Michael Uslan as executive producer of the project.[11]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The Human Abstract (ISBN 978-1903889657) (Telos, 2004)
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Will of the Dead (ISBN 978-1781160015 (Titan Books, 2013)
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (Titan Books, 2014)
  • Wychwood (2017): a legend of occult practices in the ancient forest of Wychwood is the basis for a modern crime story.[12]

Doctor Who

The Ghosts series

Newbury & Hobbes series

Graphic Novels[edit]

Dark Souls

Doctor Who

Warhammer 40,000

Novellas[edit]

Time Hunter series

Judges series

  • The Storm (forthcoming, January 2019)[16]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Methuselah" in Short Trips: Transmissions (Big Finish, 2008)
  • "The Hambleton Affair" (Newbury and Hobbes short story) (Snowbooks, 2008; appeared in the hardcover edition of The Affinity Bridge]
  • "The Shattered Teacup" (Newbury and Hobbes short story) (Snowbooks, 2010)
  • "The Cull" in The Obverse Book of Ghosts (Obverse Books, 2010)
  • "Annabel Regina" in Iris: Abroad (Obverse Books, 2010)
  • "Rise and Fall" in Short Trips: Volume 1 (Big Finish, 2010)
  • "The Albino's Shadow" in Zenith Lives! (Obverse Books, 2011)

Short story collections[edit]

Non fiction[edit]

Audiobooks[edit]

The Shattered Teacup was offered as a free download by Snowbooks, it has however since been removed from their website

As editor[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spry, Jeff (29 October 2019). "Exclusive Preview: Titan's New Steampunk Fantasy, Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying". Syfy Wire. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  2. ^ Harrison, Adelle (17 January 2011). "Alt Fiction Weekender". Left Lion Magazine. Retrieved 24 February 2012. In February, we have... Nottinghamshire's own steampunk writer George Mann taking part
  3. ^ "authors/". Solaris Books.
  4. ^ "About George Mann /". Snowbooks. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011.
  5. ^ "The Human Abstract". Telos Publishing. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Time Hunter Novellas". Telos Publishing. Archived from the original on 23 April 2011.
  7. ^ "The Reification of Hans Gerber". bigfinish.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  8. ^ "George Mann's Newbury and Hobbes six volumes all contracted for publication". Fantasy Book Critic.
  9. ^ Kelly, James Floyd (25 October 2011). "More Steampunk Conspiracy with the Immorality Engine". Wired. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  10. ^ "The Ghost". George Mann.
  11. ^ Carter, Michelle P. (13 October 2020). "Legion M's New Animated Noir Project... Ghosts of Manhattan!". Official Legion M website. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  12. ^ ISBN 9781783294091
  13. ^ "The Hambleton Affair" (PDF).
  14. ^ "The Shattered Teacup" (PDF).
  15. ^ "What Lies Beneath" (PDF).
  16. ^ Judge Dredd Magazine #396, p. 39

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