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Chris Beckett (2) (1955–)

Author of Dark Eden

For other authors named Chris Beckett, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Chris Beckett is lecturer in Social Work at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge


Works by Chris Beckett

Dark Eden (2012) 821 copies
Mother of Eden (2015) 215 copies
The Holy Machine (2004) 152 copies
Daughter of Eden (2016) 103 copies
The Turing Test (2008) 99 copies
America City (2017) 62 copies
Beneath the World, a Sea (2019) 57 copies
Marcher [original text] (2008) 40 copies
Two Tribes (2020) 34 copies
The Peacock Cloak (2013) 32 copies
Tomorrow (2021) 20 copies
Spring Tide (2018) 14 copies
Marcher (2009) 12 copies
Atomic Truth 6 copies
Piccadilly Circus (2005) 4 copies
The Welfare Man 4 copies
Greenland 4 copies
Poppyfields 3 copies
Rat Island 3 copies
Tammy Pendant 2 copies
The Perimeter 2 copies
Valour 1 copy
Sons of Eden 1 copy

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection (1992) — Contributor — 413 copies
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contributor — 277 copies
Year's Best SF 5 (2000) — Contributor — 251 copies
The Best of Interzone (1997) — Contributor — 99 copies
A.I.s (2004) — Contributor — 42 copies
Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2014) — Contributor — 40 copies
Robots, A Science Fiction Anthology (2005) — Contributor — 30 copies
Best of British Science Fiction 2019 (2020) — Contributor — 29 copies
We, Robots (2010) — Contributor — 23 copies
Conflicts (2010) — Contributor — 21 copies
Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales (2019) — Contributor — 15 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 35, No. 7 [July 2011] (2011) — Contributor — 14 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 109 (October 2015) (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 22/23: The Company He Keeps (2010) — Contributor — 11 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 19: Enemy of the Good (2009) — Contributor — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 86 • July 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 3 copies
Newcon Press Sampler — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Places of residence
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
University of Bristol (BSc) (psychology) (1977)
University of Wales (CQSW) (1981)
Goldsmith's College, University of London (Diploma in Advanced Social Work) (1977)
Anglia Ruskin University (MA) (English Studies) (2005)
social worker
Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Anglia Ruskin University
University of East Anglia
Short biography
Chris Beckett was born in Oxford, England in 1955, and now lives in Cambridge, England. He has published three novels: Dark Eden, The Holy Machine and Marcher. He has been publishing short stories in the UK and the US, since 1990, and his short story collection, The Turing Test, won the Edge Hill Short Fiction Award in 2009, the UK's only national prize for single-author short-story collections.

His new short story collection, The Peacock Cloak, will be appearing at Easter 2013.
Chris Beckett works part-time as a lecturer in social work and he also writes text books on social work, in which he tries to use his experience of story telling to make the writing readable and lively. [adapted 7/23/2013 from Amazon.com]



I thought I really liked Dark Eden. And then I listened to Mother of Eden and liked it even more! John Redlantern was a fascinating character, but not terribly endearing. Starlight and Greenstone were both just so charming, in spite of their flaws. This world, the characters, and the story are all so fascinating and the narration is excellent. I am so sad I have to wait 2 monhts for Daughter of Eden! I can't wait!
Bebe_Ryalls | 24 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |
The reviews for this here seem to be quite mixed, with some people loving it and some thinking it was overrated. I fall firmly into the former camp. This was a truly excellent sci fi novel, well conceived and constructed, beautifully imagined and full of great characters. Really first class
whatmeworry | 72 other reviews | Apr 9, 2022 |
Hauntingly creepy and insightful. Flawed people floundering in a psychologically hostile territory. Everything is wrong, and nothing is solved. Form follows function.
wideblacksky | 4 other reviews | Mar 19, 2022 |
It's hard to believe that this book is by the same author as Dark Eden or Beneath The World, A Sea. This is a political thriller potboiler with a little doom pasted on. The writing is really pedestrian compared to the prose in Dark Eden or Beneath The World, A Sea. If this was the first book I encountered by Chris Beckett, I would never read another of his books. I don't know if he's aiming for a different market, or this is supposed to be young adult, or what, but it's just not good writing, compared to those other books I mentioned. Both of them were haunting and will stay with me for years. This one is already mostly forgotten.… (more)
wideblacksky | 2 other reviews | Mar 19, 2022 |



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