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|Genre||Satirical science fiction and slipstream|
Steve Aylett (born 1967 in Bromley, United Kingdom) is a satirical science fiction and slipstream author (most recently adopted by the bizarro movement). He is renowned for his colorful satire attacking the manipulations of authority, for creating many epigrams and for his non-neurotypical characters who do not react as expected.
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Aylett left school at the age of 17 and worked in a book warehouse, and later in law publishing.
- Accomplice (collected as The Complete Accomplice, 2010, ISBN 0-9565677-0-3):
- Bigot Hall (Serif, 1995), ISBN 1897959206
- The Inflatable Volunteer(1999) (ISBN 1861591233) [+ revised US edn 2010 from Raw Dog Screaming] (ISBN 9781933293943)
- Toxicology (stories) (Four Walls Eight Windows, first edition 1999 (ISBN 1568581319), expanded version 2001 (ISBN 0575071095))
- Shamanspace (2001), ISBN 1899598200
- Tao Te Jinx (quotes)
- Lint (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005 (ISBN 1560256842), Snowbooks 2007 (ISBN 9781905005352))
- And Your Point Is? (2006), ISBN 978-1933293-28-8
- Fain the Sorcerer (2006), ISBN 1904619630
- Smithereens (stories)(2010), ISBN 978-0956567710
- Rebel at the End of Time (written 2007, published 2011), ISBN 978-0956567741
- Heart of the Original (2015) Unbound Books UK http://unbound.co.uk/books/heart-of-the-original/
Only an Alligator, The Velocity Gospel, Dummyland, and Karloff's Circus are set in Accomplice, a suburb on a tropical peninsula in a perhaps nuclear-blasted future, underneath which live demons. Aylett says he is in the tradition of "real satirists" such as Voltaire, Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain. The four books are collected in The Complete Accomplice (2010, Scar Garden Press)
Lint is a satirical, Zelig-like biography of an imaginary author. The book traces his career through thinly disguised satires on a number of well-known writers from the late 20th century, including Philip K. Dick, Hunter S. Thompson and Ken Kesey. A no-budget movie of the book (incorporating the other Lint book And Your Point Is?) has been produced by Aylett, edited by Electric Children - screenings in UK and US commenced in 2011. LINT THE MOVIE on youtube.
He has written issue #27 of Tom Strong and a comic called The Nerve, as well as visual artifacts such as Jeff Lint's comic The Caterer. Newer projects include The Promissory for Arthur magazine’s "mimeo" line, now published independently at lulu.com, and the surreal and colorful Get That Thing Away From Me. A strip titled "Johnny Viable" has appeared in Alan Moore's print magazine Dodgem Logic. The 64-page comic "Johnny Viable & His Terse Friends" was published by Floating World, Portland, in November 2014.
Awards and nominations
Slaughtermatic was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award in 1998.
Winner of the Jack Trevor Story Award in 2006.
Steve Aylett: A Critical Biography
Edited by Bill Ectric and DH Wilson, this book offers a commentary and analysis of Aylett's work, including original essays by D. Harlan Wilson, Spencer Pate, Bill Ectric, Andrew Wenaus, Iain Matheson, Robert Kiely, Jim Matthews, John Oakes, Michael Norris, Tony Lee, Sam Reader; commentary by Alan Moore and Michael Moorcock, and an exclusive interview with Aylett by Rachel Haywire. Steve Aylett: A Critical Biography
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