Steven Poore writes epic fantasies (Malessar’s Curse), ripping space adventures (The Empire Dance), and other shaggy dog tales. He has been onstage with Jane Horrocks and the RSC, and co-produced the Sheffield theatre premiere of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. Steven is a founder member of the Sheffield SF&F Writers’ Group, where much of Heir to the North was drafted and workshopped. BFS Award-nominated publisher Fox Spirit Books will be publishing several of his short stories during 2015. Steven lives in Sheffield with his partner and a critical mass of books and vinyl records.
Incidentally, Mr Pratchett had been expecting someone taller.
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The Packard Defence
by Steven Poore
The fourth part of The Empire Dance! Commander Hyde races against time to reach the safety of Belsea's shipyards ahead of the Irian invasion fleet, devising a desperate plan to save First Fleet. Meanwhile the new regimes on both Capitol and Regina face opposition - some people, it seems, just won't stay dead...
Empire Dance 3: The Kiiren Boy
by Steven Poore
The Dance gets ever more deadly: war has come to the 300 Worlds and battles rage on every front. From Regina to Capitol, nobody is safe. And now the alien Kiiren are involved as well...
The Empire Dance series gathers momentum in this third volume, and only one thing is certain: you don't want to get left behind...
Empire Dance 2: Midwinter Fury
by Steven Poore
"Do you want to start a war?"
The Empire of the 300 Worlds is in danger of being split apart by treason and grand conspiracies - but war might still be avoided.
The Empire Dance series takes a second fast-moving step into modern pulp space opera: come and join the Dance...
Empire Dance 1: Echoes of War
by Steven Poore
War is coming again to the Empire of the 300 Worlds: enemy agents plot the Emperor's downfall, and great fleets of warships prepare for battle. A handful of men and women can change the course of history - if they are not crushed by it first...Let the Dance begin!
This is the first in a series of short novels - bitesize space opera on an epic scale!
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- Engraved on the Eye
on April 25, 2013
Fresh heroic fantasy stories without the heavy reliance on Westernised tropes. Some of the tales are very slight, but most are very good indeed, and none are too long or too heavy to support themselves. I would have loved to see Doctor Diablo's short story extended and further explored, for example. The Conan-esque Zok is also an interesting creation, but it is the first story, that introduces the ghul-hunting protagonist of Saladin's full-length debut novel, that will probably draw most readers to this collection. Nicely done, and consistently told, with a good ear for the intricacies of honour and faith that many fantasies lack.
(This review also appears on Goodreads)
- The Book of Orm
on May 26, 2015
AJ Dalton's first collection of short stories features a line-up of epic, imperfect yet steadfast heroes - yes, even the troll Orm of the title counts as a proper hero, since he has a quest of his own to endure. Orm and his fellow inhuman, the (reluctant) dragon, are written in lighter tones and have a lighter touch in general when compared to the weightier quests of the very Gemmellesque heroes of the two tales that are the backbone of this collection. And "Gemmellesque" is no disservice either - Warrior of Ages is a thunderous romp against the minions of a manipulative god, pitting faith and self against "progress", while Knight of Ages draws deep into realms of legend and fable to achieve the same effect. The fact that these two stories share several themes and tropes (for example the gathering of a band of heroes to save the day) is really the only thing I can find to count against them, as otherwise Dalton's prose powers the reader through both stories like Dros Delnoch never fell.
Oddly for a single-author collection, this isn't a single-author collection. Two other stories - Rusalka, by Nadine West, and The Nine Rules of the Nisse, by Matthew White, are included too, and though each is markedly different they do fit in with the North-European tone of Dalton's stories. Matthew White evokes Scandinavian childrens' stories of my childhood with his chapter headings, as his heroine does battle with a house-invading, rule-spouting imp. Nadine West goes into deeper waters with a tale of love and loss that also manages to make clear just how little human life means to the water spirits. Neither story is here just to make up the numbers, and I recommend reading through to the end.
Excellent fun for any fan of straight-out heroic fantasy, but also for anyone who wants some fresh talent in the mix too.