Philip Purser-Hallard

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Philip Purser-Hallard (born 1971 as Philip Hallard) is a science fiction and fantasy author described by the British Fantasy Society as "the best kept secret in British genre writing".[1][2]

Prior to 2014, his best known fiction was set in shared universes with origins in Doctor Who licensed fiction. His first original novel, The Pendragon Protocol, the first volume of a trilogy to be called The Devices, is an urban fantasy thriller which combines Arthurian myth with issues of modern British politics and identity.[2] The British Fantasy Society said that the novel's "writing is crisp and clever, the plotting devoid of flab and the cast of characters appealing, interesting and consistent", and that it was based on "that rarest of fantasy beasts – an original idea".[1]

Purser-Hallard received his doctorate in English literature at Oxford University. His DPhil thesis, entitled 'The Relationship Between Creator and Creature in Science Fiction', examined how British and American science fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries eplored the relationship between humanity and a putative creating deity through stories about the creation of sentient individuals by scientists, working from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein through to recent authors like Bruce Sterling, William Gibson and Dan Simmons.[3][4] He also has interests in eschatological science fiction, as seen in his Faction Paradox novel, Of the City of the Saved.

Purser-Hallard has given three talks at the liberal Christian Greenbelt festival, all on the intersections of science fiction and religious themes.[5] Between 2006 and 2009 he wrote a regular column on science fiction and faith for Surefish, the ISP and webzine arm of Christian Aid. From 2009 to 2012 he published regular 140-character microfictions on Twitter, under the username trapphic.

His brother Nick Hallard, an artist, provided endpieces for the More Tales of the City collection and unofficial illustrations for Purser-Hallard's Of the City of the Saved... web pages.



  • Trojans (due from Snowbooks in 2016), the third novel in the Devices Trilogy.
  • The Locksley Exploit (Snowbooks 2015), the second novel in the Devices Trilogy.
  • The Pendragon Protocol (Snowbooks 2014), the first novel in the Devices Trilogy.
  • Of the City of the Saved... (Mad Norwegian Press 2004), a novel in the Faction Paradox series.


Anthologies as Editor[edit]

Short fiction[edit]


  • The Drugs Did Work, an article on Philip K. Dick, in The Guardian (12 August 2006).
  • "Cybernetic godhead": the relationship between creator and creature in the science fiction of William Gibson, in the journal ManuScript (1999).
  • A Momentary Stay Against Confusion, an interview with Dan Simmons (2003).

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Pendragon Protocol by Philip Purser-Hallard. Book review. British Fantasy Society 2014.
  2. ^ a b Purser-Hallard, Philip. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 2014.
  3. ^ "Afterword" and "About the Author" in Peculiar Lives pp132-34.
  4. ^ Abstract on Purser-Hallard's website.
  5. ^ Short biography at the Greenbelt website.