Tom Arden

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David Rain
Born(1961-05-02)2 May 1961
Mount Gambier, South Australia
Died15 December 2015(2015-12-15) (aged 54)
London, England
Pen nameTom Arden
GenreFantasy, Science fiction

David Rain (2 May 1961 – 15 December 2015), known by his pen name Tom Arden, was a British science fiction and fantasy writer. He was born in Australia. His main work is the five volume Orokon saga, as well as the novels Shadow Black, The Translation of Bastian Test and the Doctor Who novella Nightdreamers.

Arden was born in 1961 and grew up in Mount Gambier, South Australia. He wrote his first unpublished novel, Moon Escape at the age of seven and later studied English at the University of Adelaide, graduating with First Class Honours. Arden completed his Ph.D. thesis on Clarissa, the epic tale by 18th-century novelist Samuel Richardson.[1]

In 1990, he moved to the United Kingdom, living in Northern Ireland and England. He lectured in English at Queen's University of Belfast for seven years. Since 2003, he lectured creative writing at Middlesex University, London.[2]


Arden died of cancer on 15 December 2015.[where?][3]


The Orokon[edit]

  1. The Harlequin's Dance (1997)
  2. The King and Queen of Swords (1998)
  3. Sultan of the Moon and Stars (1999)
  4. Sisterhood of the Blue Storm (2000)
  5. Empress of the Endless Dream (2001)

Other novels[edit]

  1. Shadow Black (2002) – gothic mystery
  2. The Translation of Bastian Test (2005) – science fiction
  3. As David Rain: The Heat of the Sun (2012)
  4. As David Rain: Volcano Street (2014)

Other writings[edit]

  1. Nightdreamers (original novella) based on the television series Doctor Who.
  2. Short stories for UK publication Interzone: "The Indigenes" (IZ 136), "The Volvax Immersion" (IZ 143).
  3. Articles have been published in the British Fantasy Society magazine Prism.


  1. ^ Interview, by Neil Walsh at the SF Site, published April 2001; retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Rain, David". Middlesex University London. Archived from the original on 4 August 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Locus Online News » Tom Arden (1961-2015)". Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.

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