Jaine Fenn

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Jaine Fenn
GenreScience fiction

Jaine Fenn is a British science fiction author.

Fenn is the author of the Hidden Empire and Shadowlands series of novels. She studied linguistics and astronomy at the University of Hertfordshire, where she became the president of PSiFA (the local student Science Fiction society) from 1985-1986. She also helped organised Shoestringcons and edited their newsletter/fanzine, Hypo-Space, for a period.[1]


Fenn has had numerous short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and has won the BSFA Award for Shorter Fiction. Her debut novel, Principles of Angels was published in June 2008 (United Kingdom)[2][3] and is the first of the Hidden Empire series.[4] Her second novel, Consorts of Heaven, published in June 2009, mixed elements of fantasy with science fiction and was not a direct sequel. The third book, Guardians of Paradise (2010) brings together threads from the first two and the fourth and fifth, Bringer of Light (2011) and Queen of Nowhere (2013) take the story in a new direction. In 2012, Fenn published the short story collection Downside Girls. It features interlinked stories set in the universe of her Hidden Empire series.[5]

Her science fantasy duology, Shadowlands, set on a divided world, starts with Hidden Sun (2018) and concludes with Broken Shadow (2019). She has also written for video-games in the Halo and Total War franchises.

Jaine Fenn has been guest of honour at

  • Picocon 34 in February 2017
  • Satellite 5 in May 2016
  • BristolCon in September 2015
  • Andromeda One in September 2013
  • Novacon 42 in November 2012
  • Picocon 27 in February 2009


  • Downside Girls (short fiction collection, 2012)
  • The Martian Job (novella, 2017)
Hidden Empire series
  1. Principles of Angels (2008)
  2. Consorts of Heaven (2009)
  3. Guardians of Paradise (2010)
  4. Bringer of Light (2011)
  5. Queen of Nowhere (2013)
Shadowlands series
  1. Hidden Sun (2018)
  2. Broken Shadow (2019)


  1. ^ "Forthcoming Attractions". Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Jaine Fenn - An Orion Author". Orion Publish Group. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  3. ^ Tuttle, Lisa (1 August 2008). "Best of the month's science fiction" (Book review). London: Times Online. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  4. ^ "New author Jaine Fenn sells three novels to Gollancz". SF Scope. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  5. ^ Upcoming4.me. "Downside Girls, short story collection by Jaine Fenn cover art and synopsis details". Upcoming4.me. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.

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