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Steve Aylett

His writing is a multigeneric tapestry of science fiction, horror, fantasy and detective fiction.

“One of the most original and most consciouness-altering living writers in the English language, not to mention one of the funniest.” -Alan Moore

“Aylett’s steady output of ribald, unpredictably plotted novels has earned him a reputation as one of sf’s true mavericks.” – Booklist

“Not only conceptually brilliant and satirically walloping, but stylistically innovative … ” – Paul DiFilippo, Asimov’s Science Fiction

“If Raymond Chandler had gulped a handful of hallucinogens before sitting down to write a whodunit, something like Atom would likely have resulted.” – Washington Post



Steve Aylett is perhaps Bizarro’s most accomplished author. The Dream People has said “his writing is a multigeneric tapestry of science fiction, horror, fantasy and detective fiction.” Renowned for his colorful satire attacking the manipulations of authority, and for having reams of amusing epigrams and non-sequiturs only tangentially related to what little plot the books possess. He claims to have books appear in his brain in one visual “glob” which looks like a piece of gum (but denies it’s “channelled”).

He’s published by Orion in the UK, and Four Walls Eight Windows and Avalon in the US, and was a finalist for the 1998 Philip K Dick Award (for Slaughtermatic) and won the Jack Trevor Story Prize in 2006.

Aylett was born in Bromley, England. He left school at 17 and worked in a book warehouse, and later in law publishing, where he invented the concept of “fractal litigation,” whereby the flapping of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world results in a massive compensation claim on the other. His first book “The Crime Studio” was generally regarded as a cry for help.