Canadian Matthew Hughes has lived in many places. One of them was
Kitchener-Waterloo, which earns him a spot in A
Year of Waterloo Region Speculative Fiction. Hughes
in a wide range of genres, both non-fiction and fiction. To quote
from his site, he has been employed 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
also writes science fiction and fantasy, as well as mystery. He has
Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award and has
been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour,
A. E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards.
these accolades, Hughes is often overlooked. It’s inexplicable,
although his tendency towards humour may explain some of it. Humorous
F&SF, save of the broadest, least subtle sort, is generally not
popular in North America. Perhaps this work, which is more
will appeal to a broader range of readers.
Wizard’s Henchman is
the first volume in Matthew Hughes’ Kaslo Chronicles.
are ten thousand inhabited worlds in the Spray and none of them are
utopias. Problems abound. Erm Kaslo has made a very nice living for
himself as an all-round troubleshooter for rich men who are able to
pay well for services rendered. The rich and powerful don’t get
that way by being ethical or trustworthy—but even the most ruthless
learn that it’s never a good idea to disappoint Erm Kaslo.
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