Matthew Hughes writes science-fantasy and science fiction. An alter ego, Matt Hughes, writes crime fiction. A personality fragment, Hugh Matthews, writes media tie-ins. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, and has been short-listed for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour (twice), A.E.Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. From a working-poor background, he became a journalist, then staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment in the Pierre Trudeau government of 1974-79. He has lived in twelve countries and passed through a half a dozen more.