Ben Jeapes is the author of Phoenicia’s Worlds (Solaris, 2013), Time’s Chariot (Random House, 2008), The New World Order (Random House, 2004), The Xenocide Mission (Random House, 2002) and His Majesty’s Starship (Scholastic 1998).
He was overexposed in early childhood to Doctor Who, Thunderbirds and Star Trek, which set him on the science fiction trail. He started writing science fiction himself at the age of 18 in the mistaken belief that it would be quite easy (it isn't) and keep him from having to find a real job (it didn't). He sold his first short story in 1989 and has now had 18 of them published, mostly in Interzone.
Ben's ambition is to live to be 101 and 7 months, so as to reach the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the arrival of the man responsible for Ben's unusual surname – a Danish mercenary called Jep, whose name features in the Domesday Book and who fought for William the Conqueror – in the British Isles. At least, so family legend has it, and who is he to quibble with a good legend? It's not everyone who gets to celebrate a thousandth family anniversary. Ben hopes there will be other descendants of Jep around to remind him what he's staying alive for.
He is English, and as quietly proud of the fact as you would expect of the descendant of a Danish mercenary who fought for a bunch of Norsemen living in northern France.
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