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.

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Timmy, Come Home

Published May 5, 2019 · 4,507 words (17 minutes) · 3 likes · 185 views

Science Fiction Fermi Paradox

“Timmy, Come Home” was written ten years ago at the invitation of Gordon Van Gelder for an anthology he was putting together called Is Anybody Out There? All the stories were themed around the Fermi Paradox, which asks the question, “If there are alien civilizations out there, why haven’t we been contacted by them?”


Enemy of the Good

Published Mar 6, 2019 · 11,941 words (44 minutes) · 3 likes · 197 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

Published Feb 7, 2019 · 1,338 words (5 minutes) · 180 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

Published Jan 5, 2019 · 5,741 words (21 minutes) · 1 like · 209 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

Published Dec 5, 2018 · 10,618 words (39 minutes) · 2 likes · 174 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

Published Nov 2, 2018 · 560 words (3 minutes) · 2 likes · 172 views

Fantasy Horror

A little dark fantasy flash.


Wearaway and Flambeau

Published Oct 3, 2018 · 8,862 words (33 minutes) · 3 likes · 593 views

Fantasy Humor


Greeves and the Evening Star

Published Sep 12, 2018 · 10,687 words (39 minutes) · 2 likes · 364 views

Fantasy Humor Science Fiction


Not a Problem

Published Sep 3, 2018 · 1,959 words (8 minutes) · 2 likes · 264 views

Fantasy Humor Satire


The Meaning of Luff

Published Aug 5, 2018 · 3,941 words (15 minutes) · 3 likes · 541 views

Fantasy Science Fiction