Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

Archonate: the Fiction of Matthew Hughes

elcome to the web page of Matthew Hughes, science fiction and fantasy author. If you’re looking for Matt Hughes, the crime writer, you’re in the right place. Same goes for Hugh Matthews, who writes media tie-ins.

This web site offers excerpts, the latest news on my novel and story sales, a bio, and a complete bibliography.

You can also buy my books (in digital form or in paperback) directly from me in the Archonate Bookstore. The excerpts and posts here often also link to the books for sale elsewhere on the web; just bear in mind that when you buy direct from the author, the author gets a much larger share of the price of the book.

Posts filed under News and On Writing are open for comments (which are 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.”

Andrew Wheeler

“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

Featured Post:

Where I’ll be next year

From late January through the end of April, I’ll be housesitting in Tipperary, Ireland.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  Of course, it will actually be during the tail end of a North Atlantic winter, but the Guinness will be good.

Starting in mid-May, I’ll be in Washington State until December, just a ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Vancouver Island.  I’ll be able to observe the American election at close range and I can run for the border if civil war breaks out.

Since I’ll be close to BC, I’ll visit family and friends.  I’ll also attend the Creative Ink Festival, a writers conference, in Burnaby (where I went to high school) May 6th through 8th.  I’ve give a presentation, probably on story mechanics, and do some blue pencil cafe sessions.

And, god help me, I will attend the 50-year class reunion of Burnaby South High School’s class of 66.  The only reason I attended BSHS that year was because I was thrown out of Burnaby Central for unacceptable behavior, but I actually do remember some of the people I went to school with.

In August, I’ll be at WorldCon in Kansas City, if the aforementioned civil war hasn’t broken out yet.  If you’re going and you’ve got books you’d like signed, bring then along.

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