Millar, Martin 1959(?)- (Martin Scott)

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Millar, Martin 1959(?)- (Martin Scott)

PERSONAL:

Born c. 1959, in Glasgow, Scotland.

ADDRESSES:

Home—London, England. Agent—Imrie & Dervis, 7 Carlton Mansions, Holmleigh Rd., London N16 5PX, England. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Writer. Has worked variously as a council clerk, a library assistant, and a warehouse assistant.

AWARDS, HONORS:

World Fantasy Award, 2002, for Thraxas.

WRITINGS:

Milk, Sulphate, and Alby Starvation, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1987.

Lux the Poet, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1988.

Ruby and the Stone Age Diet, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1989.

The Good Fairies of New York, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1992, new edition, with introduction by Nell Gaiman, Soft Skull Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Dreams of Sex and Stage Diving, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1994.

Tank Girl: The Movie (novelization), Penguin (London, England), 1995.

Love and Peace with Melody Paradise, I.M.P. Fiction (London, England), 1998.

The Collected Martin Millar, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1998.

(With Doon Mackichan) Emma: Adapted from Jane Austen's Novel (stage play; produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2000), Nick Hern Books (London, England), 2001.

Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me, Codex (Hove, England), 2002.

Lonely Werewolf Girl, Meadow & Black, 2007.

"THRAXAS" SERIES; UNDER PSEUDONYM MARTIN SCOTT

Thraxas, Orbit (London, England), 1999.

Thraxas and the Warrior Monks, Orbit (London, England), 1999.

Thraxas at the Races, Orbit (London, England), 1999.

Thraxas and the Elvish Isles, Orbit (London, England), 2000.

Thraxas and the Sorcerers, Orbit (London, England), 2001, Baen Books (Riverdale, NY), 2005.

Thraxas and the Sorcerers, Orbit (London, England), 2002, Baen Books (Riverdale, NY), 2005.

Thraxas at War, Orbit (London, England), 2003, Baen Books (Riverdale, NY), 2006.

Thraxas under Siege, Orbit (London, England), 2005, Baen Books (Riverdale, NY), 2006.

Author of the Martin Millar Web log.

SIDELIGHTS:

Martin Millar is a Scottish writer who writes novels, graphic novels, movie novelizations, and stage plays. Millar also writes the science fiction "Thraxas" series under the pseudonym Martin Scott. The series debut novel, Thraxas, won the World Fantasy Award. Thraxas is an obese, forty-something, heavy-drinking, unpowerful sorcerer who works as a private detective in the medieval fantasy city of Turai. With the assistance of a mixed human-orc-elf friend, he helps to clear a princess's name, finds the Red Elvish Cloth, confronts the person who framed him for the murder of the Niojian ambassador, and covers the elections for the Council of Turai. Lesley S.J. Farmer, writing in Kliatt, wrote that the "lively action and humor move the story along." SF Site contributor Steven H. Silver commented that Scott "handles the various twists and turns of Thraxas's adventures without dropping any of the balls he throws into the air." Silver observed that Scott "clearly lays the groundwork for future adventures of his investigator."

The Good Fairies of New York tells of two Scottish fairies who, after being expelled from Scotland for cutting handkerchiefs from the MacLeod Fairy Banner, move to New York and cause mischief for the few humans who can actually see them. A contributor to Publishers Weekly called the pair of fairies "fiercely funny." Library Journal critic Karl G. Siewert thought The Good Fairies of New York's "structure is disjointed, switching rapidly among multiple groups of characters with no transition." Charles de Lint, writing in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, agreed that the large number of characters was limiting, but commented that "Millar writes comedy well, ranging from slapstick and clever witticisms to using the occasional bit of black humor to make sociological commentaries." De Lint added: "It's certainly entertaining."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

BOOKS

Millar, Martin, Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me, Codex (Hove, England), 2002.

PERIODICALS

Guardian (London, England), July 5, 2003, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, review of Thraxas at War; June 4, 2005, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, review of Thraxas under Siege.

Kliatt, November 1, 2003, Lesley S.J. Farmer, review of Thraxas, p. 24; March 1, 2005, Ginger Armstrong, "Death and Thraxas," p. 29.

Library Journal, December 1, 2006, Karl G. Siewert, review of The Good Fairies of New York, p. 115.

M2 Presswire, August 14, 1998, review of Love and Peace with Melody Paradise.

Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1, 1994, Charles de Lint, review of The Good Fairies of New York.

Publishers Weekly, October 16, 2006, review of The Good Fairies of New York, p. 38.

Spike, September, 2003, Chris Mitchell, author interview.

Telegraph (London, England), July 8, 2007, Angus Batey, author interview.

ONLINE

Baen Books Web site,http://www.baen.com/ (August 16, 2007), Toni Weisskopf, author interview.

Best Reviews,http://thebestreviews.com/ (August 16, 2007), Harriet Klausner, review of Thraxas and the Sorcerers.

Doollee.com,http://www.doollee.com/ (August 16, 2007), author profile.

Martin Millar Home Page,http://www.martinmillar.com (August 16, 2007), author biography.

Martin Millar MySpace Profile,http://www.myspace.com/martinmm (August 16, 2007), author profile.

Martin Millar Web log,http://www.martin-millar.blogspot.com (August 16, 2007), author profile.

SF Site,http://www.sfsite.com/ (August 16, 2007), Steven H. Silver, review of Thraxas.

Tastes Like Chicken,http://www.tlchicken.com/ (August 16, 2007), Smokin' Joe Blow, author interview.

Thraxas Series Web site,http://www.thraxas.com/ (August 16, 2007), author and series profile.

3AM Magazine,http://www.3ammagazine.com/ (August 16, 2007), Richard Marshall, author interview.

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