Hutchinson, David

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(1960-    ) UK writer who published four volumes of stories by the age of twenty-one – Thumbprints (coll 1978), which is mostly fantasy, Fools' Gold (coll 1979), Torn Air (coll 1980) and The Paradise Equation (coll 1981), all as David Hutchinson – and then moved into journalism. The deftness and quiet humaneness of his work was better than precocious, though the deracinatedness of the worlds depicted in the later stories may have derived in part from the author's apparent isolation from normal publishing channels.

After a decade of nonfiction, Hutchinson returned to the field as Dave Hutchinson, assembling later work in As the Crow Flies (coll 2004); tales like "The Pavement Artist" (here published in English for the first time) use sf devices to represent, far more fully than in his early work, a sense of the world as inherently and tragically not a platform for Transcendence. His first novel, The Villages (2001 pod), is Fantasy; The Push (2009 chap), an sf tale set in the Human Space sector of the home galaxy, describes the inception of Faster Than Light travel and some consequent complications (> Colonization of Other Worlds) when expanding humanity settles on a planet full of Alien life. Europe in Autumn (2014), an sf thriller involving espionage, takes place in a highly fragmented and still fragmenting Near-Future Europe, one of whose sovereign mini-nations is a transcontinental railway line (> Transportation); over the course of the central plot – which seems to reflect some aspects of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) – the protagonist becomes involved in the Paranoia-inducing Les Coureurs des Bois, a mysterious postal service which also delivers humans across innumerable borders. [JC/DRL]

David Christopher Hutchinson

born Sheffield: 19 December 1960



  • The Villages (Holicong, Pennsylvania: Cosmos Books, 2001) [pod: pb/Lauren Halkon]
  • Europe in Autumn (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Rebellion/Solaris, 2014) [pb/Clint Langley]

collections and stories

  • (London: Abelard, 1978) [coll: hb/Nick Yates]
  • Fools' Gold (London: Abelard, 1978) [coll: hb/Nick Yates]
  • Torn Air (London: Abelard, 1980) [coll: hb/Nick Yates]
  • The Paradise Equation (London: Abelard, 1981) [coll: hb/Nick Yates]
  • As the Crow Flies (Wigan, Lancashire: BeWrite Books, 2004) [coll: pb/Magdalena Zmudzinka]
  • The Push (Alconbury Weston, Cambridgeshire: NewCon Press, 2009) [novella: chap: pb/Andy Bigwood]


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