Archonate: the Fiction of Matthew Hughes
This web site offers excerpts, the latest news on my novel and story sales, a bio, and a complete bibliography.
In the near future, it will also host an on-line store where you can buy e-versions of my backlist books and collections of my short stories, both sf and crime. I plan to release one title a month for as long as the supply lasts.
Unlike my old page, this one is set up for comments, though they’ll be moderated. If you’d rather send me an email, I’m always happy to hear from people who have read my work.
If you’re an aspiring author, or an established pro, who needs a copy- or developmental editor, that’s another one of the hats I fit under. I also give evaluations of manuscripts of book-length fiction and short stories.
Praise for the Archonate and other works by Matthew Hughes
“Hapthorn's picaresque adventures, an adroit blend of SF and fantasy, pay homage both to Vance's Dying Earth fantasies and his classic Demon Princes future history... A tremendous amount of fun.”
George R. R. Martin
“Look, Matt Hughes is one of the most entertaining writers in the SF/fantasy field, now or ever -- his writing is reminiscent of Jack Vance at his lightest, P.G. Wodehouse at his least cow-creamer-focused, and Arthur Conan Doyle at his most frivolous. This is not my opinion; it's a fact.”
“Matthew Hughes is one of those writers whose witty, wry writing style is as enjoyable as the story he's writing about. His Archonate universe is a wonderfully compelling far future that mixes fantasy and science fiction.”
John DeNardo, for Kirkus Reviews
“Hughes has effectively captured Vance’s colorfully ironic way of portraying an exotic society and its inhabitants in a few strokes, as in the elaborate dress code on one of the worlds Hapthorn visits. He also has much of Vance’s touch with witty yet highly stylized dialogue. But perhaps the most Vanceian aspect of this series is Hapthorn himself, who may share professions with Sherlock Holmes, but whose overblown ego is more reminiscent of Cugel the Clever, one of Vance’s most memorable protagonists.”
Paul DiFillipo, in Asimov's Science Fiction