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Gateway Essentials: Michael G. Coney

Michael Greatrex Coney was a British-born author who spent the last three decades of his life in Canada – including 16 years in the British Colombia Forest Service. His early work carried a sense of Cold War-inspired paranoia, but his repertoire was wide and perhaps his best novel, Hello Summer, Goodbye, is a wistful story of adolescent love on a far-distant planet.

Sadly, we didn’t manage to acquire the rights to Hello Summer, Goodbye, but you shouldn’t let that stop you exploring Michael G. Coney’s work. We recommend Mirror Image (the first in his ‘Amorphs’ duology, the second of which, Brontomek!, won the BSFA Award), over-population novel Friends Come in Boxes, or Cat Karina, the first novel in his ‘Song of the Earth’ sequence.

You can find more of Michael G Coney’s work via his Author page on the SF Gateway, and read about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.