Matthew Hughes

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The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write science fiction, fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep the genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for sff, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews. I've won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, and have been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour (twice), A.E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. I was born sixty-nine years ago in Liverpool, England, but my family moved to Canada when I was five. I've made my living as a writer all of my adult life, first as a journalist, then as a staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment, and -- from 1979 until a few years back- as a freelance corporate and political speechwriter in British Columbia.

Stories · Posts · Books

Enemy of the Good

Mar 6, 2019 · 11,941 words (44 minutes) · 3 likes · 171 views

Fantasy Humor Archonate

A little philosophical diversion featuring my corpulent master criminal of Old Earth in its penultimate age.

The Devil You Don't

Feb 7, 2019 · 1,338 words (5 minutes) · 158 views

Science Fiction

I was a successful speechwriter because I knew how to paint word pictures, and because I could write in the voice of the person who was going to give the speech. As I wrote, I could hear the speaker's voice in my head. Back in 2003, I decided to write a story in the inimitable voice of one of the 20th century's great speech-makers. I sold it to the late and undeniably great Gardner Dozois, who was then editing Asimov's SF Magazine.

The Gift of Gabby

Jan 5, 2019 · 5,741 words (21 minutes) · 1 like · 176 views

Fantasy Historical

An origin story for Pacific City, a fictional Oregon metropolis that grew up to be the haunt of various superheroes. Find out more here:

A Little Learning

Dec 5, 2018 · 10,618 words (39 minutes) · 2 likes · 159 views

Fantasy Humor

Guth Bandar is an explorer of the human collective unconscious, which the Institute of Historical Inquiry has comprehensively mapped over aeons of Old Earth's ancient civilization. But The Commons, as the Institute's scholars call the noosphere, may still have a few surprises left.

Widow's Mite

Nov 2, 2018 · 560 words (3 minutes) · 2 likes · 151 views

Fantasy Horror

A little dark fantasy flash.

Wearaway and Flambeau

Oct 3, 2018 · 8,862 words (33 minutes) · 3 likes · 574 views

Fantasy Humor

Greeves and the Evening Star

Sep 12, 2018 · 10,687 words (39 minutes) · 2 likes · 336 views

Fantasy Humor Science Fiction

Not a Problem

Sep 3, 2018 · 1,959 words (8 minutes) · 2 likes · 242 views

Fantasy Humor Satire

The Meaning of Luff

Aug 5, 2018 · 3,941 words (15 minutes) · 3 likes · 523 views

Fantasy Science Fiction