I’m Matthew Samuels, a science fiction and fantasy writer based in London, UK. I’m the author of the Sci-Fi Solarpunk / Hopepunk adventure story Parasites, the first book in the Navigator Series, which you can buy on Amazon or read more about on Goodreads.
I’ve recently finished an urban fantasy title Small Places, which I’m currently setting loose on a couple of beta readers.
I’m also writing the sequel to Parasites, Dusk, and have an on-off relationship with the low fantasy title I started writing in 2018, Wild Court, which takes a fantastical look at the effect of declining empathy in our society. We’ll get there. Eventually.
Similarly, I’d like to do a re-write of the other urban fantasy title, Aenigma, that I wrote and decided not to publish, and am also looking at a high fantasy title, The Witch-Lord’s Apprentice, which might alternate between Grimdark and a playful look at the angels / demons / humans-in-the-middle trope – but stay tuned!
What am I working on at the moment?
Small Places:Final checks – post-beta readeredits
Dusk (The Navigator Series 2 – Parasites sequel): 61% written (In progress)
The Navigator Series 3:Planning
The Witch-Lord’s Apprentice (High Fantasy): Concept
Aenigma re-write: Not started
I enjoy reading, gaming, walking and quiet.
Parasites is a science fiction, solarpunk / hopepunk exploration novel that takes place at the end of the universe, just as it slowly starts to contract in the ‘big crunch’. On the planet Lyra, humans evolved late, on a resource-poor world, in a resource-poor solar system. The Lyrans master space flight, only to discover that their nearest worlds have also been stripped of resources. The population begins to decline, until a scientist discovers a technology allowing people and vehicles to travel through ‘thinnings’ – patches of space linking universes.
Kael and Alessia are explorers, charting where the thinnings go and bringing valuable resources back to Lyra, trying desperately to extend the lifespan of their home world. Alessia’s father, Ben, set out two years ago to uncover another species’ reference to a ‘solution’ to the big crunch problem – but never returned. A chance discovery leads Kael and Alessia to a clue, prompting another expedition to see if they can avoid the mistakes of the past and help to unravel the mystery.
The book accompanies Kael, Alessia and their gruff bodyguard Basteel as they retrace Ben’s steps, seeking closure for Alessia, a solution for Lyra and together begin a voyage through wild, weird and wonderful planets.
Parasites is the first book in The Navigator series.
“This was a really good book, expertly written by author Matthew Samuels. I like the characters a lot … When you set it up so that your characters can travel to other, unexplored universes it pretty leaves the author with a blank slate to do whatever they want. And this author takes advantage of that fact, creating unique worlds rich with alien species and different features”
An introverted librarian and his laddish best friend. An old-world victim of a train accident, now worshiped by her own cult. An antisocial archaeologist and her eccentric prepper sponsor, determined to reveal apocryphal mysteries. As the empathy levels of the world decline, the risk of an otherworldly disaster rises, leading the librarian to a surprisingly modern ghost-hunting taskforce.
Wild Court explores friendship, magic and desperate measures as these five characters try to tolerate each other and rescue a rapidly sinking world.
Small Places: The Best of Intentions, The Blackest of Magic(in final edits)
A childhood encounter with a witch. A tragic loss in the family. The earth itself sick. Small Places is a modern-day fairy story twisting the usual roles of good and evil as Jamie, a shy researcher, and Melusine, an ancient witch, hurry to uncover why Gaia, the earth spirit, is sickening, as the ripples are felt across England.
Aenigma(re-write in progress)
Aenigma is set in an alternative modern England where
regular people, the fey, and the factions – who are somewhere in between –
coexist uneasily. While cities are relatively ‘safe’ from faery influence, the
rules apply far less in the countryside, where farmers still disappear after a
walk in the woods and appear a hundred years later. Brownouts from the chaotic
impact of dryads, behemoths or bogans are common, and in many cases, the
long-standing fear of the supernatural has hardened into a resilient hatred.
Ben is a skinny, geeky, angry teenager, overlooked by his school, certain that he’ll wind up flipping burgers all his life. But when he’s chosen to train at a faction facility where the fey are studied in their natural habitats, and enters a national competition for schools, little does he know that he and his friends will be pulled into solving the mystery of a covert war which has been fought for decades.
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