Matt Hughes (writer)

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Matthew Hughes (born 1949) is a British-born Canadian author who now lives wherever his secondary career as a housesitter takes him, while continuing to write science fiction under the name Matthew Hughes, crime fiction as Matt Hughes and media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews. Prior to his work in fiction, he was a freelance speechwriter for corporate executives and politicians in British Columbia.

His Archonate stories and novels have been compared to the works of Jack Vance. Booklist has called him Vance's "heir apparent." (Review by Carl Hays of The Gist Hunter and Other Stories, Booklist, August 2005)



  • Fools Errant (1994) and (2001)
  • Downshift (writing as Matt Hughes) (1997)
  • Fool Me Twice (2001)
  • Gullible's Travels (SFBC omnibus of Fools Errant and Fool Me Twice, 2002)
  • Black Brillion (2004)
  • Majestrum (Tales of Henghis Hapthorn, Book 1, 2006)
  • Wolverine: Lifeblood (writing as Hugh Matthews) (2007)
  • The Spiral Labyrinth (Tales of Henghis Hapthorn, Book 2, September 2007)
  • The Commons (October 2007)
  • Template (May, 2008)(August 2010)
  • Hespira (Tales of Henghis Hapthorn, Book 3, 2009)
  • Quartet & Triptych (first of three Luff Imbry novellas), (Summer, 2010)
  • The Damned Busters (To Hell & Back, volume 1, 2011)
  • The Other (a Luff Imbry Novel), (2011)
  • The Yellow Cabochon (second of three Luff Imbry novellas), Summer, 2011)
  • Costume Not Included (To Hell & Back, Volume 2, 2012)
  • Hell to Pay (To Hell & Back, Volume 3, Summer, 2012)
  • Song of the Serpent (writing as Hugh Matthews) (2012)

Short fiction[edit]


  • The Gist Hunter and Other Stories (2005)


  • Bearing up (2005)
  • The Helper and His Hero (2007) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Guth Bandar)
  • "The Ugly Duckling" (2013) in Old Mars (anthology)[1][2]
  • "The Inn of the Seven Blessings" (2014) in Rogues (anthology)
  • "Greeves and the Evening Star" (2015) in Old Venus (anthology)[3]
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
And then some 2013 Hughes, Matthew (February 2013). "And then some". Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (2): 12–31. 

Nonfiction (Ghostwritten)[edit]

  • Breaking Trail (2000)
  • What's All This Got To Do With The Price of 2x4s? (2006)


  1. ^ DeNardo, John (February 14, 2013). "TOC: Old Mars Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". SF Signal. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ Bedford, Robert H. (October 8, 2013). "Mars as We Thought it Could Be: Old Mars, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Not A Blog: Venus In March". June 19, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 

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