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About Steve Turnbull


These things are always a bit embarrassing, aren't they? So let me break the ice and tell you a little bit about me:

Not fiction writing

By training I'm a computer programmer (I started when I was 11 in 1969) but by a strange quirk of fate I became an editor and journalist on computer magazines through the 80s and 90s. Then I ran a design agency that continued to produce magazines as well as the usual sorts of things design agencies do. However that stopped me from spending time with my family, so after a few years I stopped.

For a couple of years I eked out an existence doing freelance programming and web content writing. And then I returned to my electronic roots and became a web developer. And a pretty damn good web developer at that. I'm still doing that.

Making stuff up

My fiction writing career ran alongside that. I discovered creative writing at school and after writing two (terrible) novels when I was 15 (banging them out on my Dad's electric typewriter every evening), I switched to poetry which was much quicker and, as it turned out, much more remunerative. Yes indeed, I made £100 in one day writing poetry on commission at an Arts fair.

After years of poetry I switched back to novel writing and wrote a "better" novel over a period of 10 years. Don't get the idea I was slaving over it, re-writing it and honing it. No. I was just slow. It was vastly better than my first efforts and is one of my released works.

Around 2007 I started writing screenplays, this led me to work with a Director on a short film but it just wasn't working until he said "how about we make it steampunk?" So we did and that's how the Voidships universe was born.

The rest is retro-futurism.


Works in Progress

Battle Dragon

60000 of 60000 words


Heretic Dragon

70000 of 70000 words


The Taliesin Affair

107000 of 99000 words