Jonathan Green (speculative fiction writer)

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Jonathan Green
Notable worksFighting Fantasy
  • Spellbreaker
  • Knights of Doom
  • Curse of the Mummy
Pax Britannia

Jonathan Green is a freelance writer. He writes science fiction and fantasy novels (e.g. Pax Britannia), adventure gamebooks (e.g. Fighting Fantasy), and non-fiction books for all ages. He has written for various franchises, from Sonic the Hedgehog and Doctor Who (The Horror of Howling Hill), to books set within Games Workshop's Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 game universes.


Before becoming a full-time writer, Green was a teacher and Deputy Headmaster of a school in London.[1]

He is known for having written three gamebooks in the original Fighting Fantasy series (Spellbreaker, Knights of Doom and Curse of the Mummy) as well as the long-lost 50th gamebook Bloodbones which has now been published as part of the new Wizard series. He has also written a number of other novels and gamebooks.[2][3] He also successfully raised funds through Kickstarter for You Are the Hero, a non-fiction book unearthing the history of Fighting Fantasy books.[3][4]

Green has also written a number of novels for the Games Workshop Black Library label, on similar themes. These include Necromancer, Magestorm, The Dead and the Damned, and Iron Hands (set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe). He co-authored several Sonic the Hedgehog gamebooks for Puffin Books with Marc Gascoigne.

In 2003 Green co-created the Pax Britannia science fiction steampunk setting for Abaddon Books' new novel line. He wrote the first book in the series Unnatural History, which features a Victorian Bond-style dandy adventurer called Ulysses Quicksilver, and is now the sole writer on the Pax Britannia line.[5] The eight novel in the series. Times Arrow was inspired by his work on gamebooks – it was serialised as an ebook, and readers could vote on the direction the next segment would take.[6]

His gamebook knowledge has also been used in other areas of his work, producing two gamesbooks, one each Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000. Green also wrote The Horror of Howling Hill, a gamebook in the Decide Your Destiny series of Doctor Who and a Star Wars: The Clone Wars gamebook Crisis on Coruscant. He also wrote an electronic interactive gamebook for Tin Man Games, Temple of the Spider God.[7]

Many of Green's books operate on the intersection between fantasy and horrorSpellbreaker uses a religious rather than mythological setting including herblore, Curse of the Mummy imitates ancient Egyptian tropes, Bloodbones is pirate-themed with undertones of chaos-worship and undeath, Knights of Doom borrows Warhammer Fantasy Battle's chaos imagery, and a number of his Pax Britannia books fall into the horror genre, as well as being Steampunk.[8]



  • Go Gos Are Go Go (1997, ISBN 0-14-038675-0)
  • Match Wits with the Kids (June 2008, ISBN 978-1848310001)[1]
  • What is Myrrh Anyway? (October 2008, ISBN 978-1848310278)[1]
  • YOU Are The Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (September 2014, ISBN 978-1-909679-38-2 and ISBN 978-1-909679-36-8)



  1. ^ a b c "Icon Books > Jonathan Green". Icon Books. Retrieved 28 June 2013. Jonathan Green has worked as a teacher for the last thirteen years, four of those as a deputy head teacher.
  2. ^ Daniel Lee Salter (18 September 2009). "Jonathan Green (Author) – Fighting Fantasy". sci-fi online. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b Fortune, Ed (28 December 2012). "Interview: Author Jonathan Green | YOU ARE THE HERO". Starburst. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  4. ^ Jaen, Paco Garcia (23 December 2012). "Interview with Jonathan Green–YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter project". GMS Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Pax Britannia: Jonathan Green Interview". SFX. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  6. ^ Edwards, Richard (30 November 2011). "Pax Britannia Novel Needs You!". SFX. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  7. ^ Squires, Jim (16 March 2011). "Fighting Fantasy author Jonathan Green to join Gamebook Adventures". Gamezebo. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Meet the Writer: Jonathan Green". This is Horror. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  9. ^ Brazil, Nathan. "The SF Site Featured Review: The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus". SF Site. Retrieved 28 June 2013.

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