Michael John Harrison (born 26 July 1945), known primarily by his M. John Harrison, is an author and critic. His work includes the sequence of novels and short stories, (1982), (1989), and the Kefahuchi Tract series which begins with (2002). He is widely considered one of the leading stylists in modern fantasy and science fiction. He currently resides in London.
M John Harrison's first novel was published by Hutchinson New Authors in 1971. In Viriconium was nominated for the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1982, and was followed by two collections of short stories, The Ice Monkey and Viriconium Nights. Climbers appear
ny genre needs its contrarians, says the writer M John Harrison. "It needs constantly reminding that it isn't the centre of the world." Over the last four decades, Harrison has carved out a stellar career on the margins of a fair number of literary forms. He caught science fiction's New Wave at the end of the 1960s, working with Michael Moorcock, JG Ballard and Brian Aldiss to push the genre towards the avant-garde. He subverted fantasy with the unstable universe of his Viriconium novels, won the Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature in 1989 with Climbers, has built a reputation as a fine literary stylist with surreal novels and a host of short stories, and has set the tenor for much of modern British science fiction.