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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 seventy 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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By Matt Hughes
In 1997, I had a mystery novel out from Doubleday Canada, Downshift, that was ill-fated. The editor who wanted the book had to win a five-month argument with the marketing department. Then she left to go to another publisher three months before the novel’s release. Not good. Old Growth would have been the sequel.
By Matt Hughes
It’s the late 20th century, the dawn of the computer age. A serial rapist is targeting senior women executives in Vancouver’s major banks and corporations. Oddball Detective Sergeant Harry Lukovitch and his female partner, Detective Constable Mack Sinclair, are hunting the attacker.Their search will lead them into the unknown territory of the emerging internet, where E.F.T. – the electronic transfer of funds – is dealt with at only the highest levels of the corporate and banking sectors.