Gary Gibson - Editor
Gary Gibson is one of the UK’s leading authors of hard science fiction, space opera and post-apocalyptic fiction.
Since the mid-2000s Gary Gibson has had ten science fiction novels published by Pan MacMillan, along with shorter works and novellas appearing through small press publishers including Newcon Press. As an editor for Jericho Writers, he’s also worked with over a hundred unpublished authors since 2009 while also working as a structural editor on a number of traditionally published science fiction novels.
Prior to this, he took part in or ran writers workshops in his home town of Glasgow since 1990, when he made his first professional short fiction sale.
These days he lives in the Far East, working on new novels and stories and as a freelance editor.
WHY WE LOVE GARY
We love Gary’s straight-forward approach to editing. If you’re writing Sci-fi, fantasy or even thrillers – you’re in safe hands here.
WHAT GARY SAYS ABOUT EDITING
The problem most beginning writers face is figuring out the right way as opposed to the wrong way to tell a story. I see my job as pointing out the right path through a landscape of perilous swamps and treacherous quicksands with the knowledge and experience of someone who’s been up and down that same trail a hundred times before. After all, you can’t know if you’re telling a story the right way without someone to help you figure out what’s best not only for your audience, but also for you.
My favourite topics to deal with are science fiction in all forms, as well as contemporary fantasy, speculative fiction and dark/supernatural fiction. I’m particularly skilled at developmental editing for science fiction stories.
What Gary works on
Genres Gary specialises in
Gary's published books
Found adrift far from Consortium space, pilot Dakota Merrick and Lucas Corso are taken prisoner by the alien Bandati. There, Dakota discovers that humanity’s knowledge of the galaxy is frighteningly inaccurate. The Shoal has apparently been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, for thousands of years. As yet, the latter seem unaware of their FTL technology’s full destructive capabilities. But the Bandati now have this information, and they will use it for profit.
Dakota realises, to her shock, that the Shoal may therefore hold the Galaxy’s best chance for peace. Forging an alliance with Trader, a Shoal-member, she’s determined to prevent the Bandati’s deadly knowledge from reaching the Emissaries. Yet despite her efforts, a nova war now seems inevitable – a war that will destroy millions of inhabited worlds.
For a hundred and fifty thousand years, the alien Shoal have been hiding a terrible secret behind a façade of power. In the twenty-fifth century, they dominate the galaxy and control all trade and exploration, possessing the secret of faster-than-light travel. Mankind has established just a handful of interstellar colonies; their freedom and knowledge of the galaxy limited by the Shoal’s punitive colonial charter.
Meet Kendrick Gallmon, one of the few survivors of the Maze.
The Maze: a covert research facility in which political prisoners became unwilling participants in an experiment designed to turn them into perfect soldiers.
Now, years after the war is over, Kendrick is trying to pick up the pieces of his old life. He doesn’t know how much time he has left, since he knows all too well that the unstable nanotech augmentations riddling his nervous system are slowly killing him the way they killed everyone else who walked out of the Maze alive.
For an age, humanity has borrowed from caches of alien technology found in space. Among these artefacts are portals known as Stations, which our spacecraft now use to traverse the galaxy. The ‘Angels’ who created this technology vanished aeons ago, but they left behind powerful enemies with long memories. These are about to target the Stations with a wave of destruction – and nearby worlds will suffer the same fate.
One Station orbits the distant planet Kaspar, now occupied by scientists and armed militia who monitor life on the surface. Here, ignorant of our existence, the only known sentient species other than humankind is slowly evolving. But things are about to change. As devastation sweeps the galaxy, Kaspar’s mysterious ‘Citadel’ may be key to repelling this threat. But at what cost to its native inhabitants – and its human guardians?