John Meaney was born in 1957 in London of Irish parents, before moving to Slough at an early age. Having learnt to read at an early age, he soon found himself immersed in the juvenile science fiction of Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton, as well as in the early comic book appearances of Marvel Comics’ Spider Man and Dr Strange, all of which eventually led him, via Slough Grammar School’s library, to the writings of Clifford D Simak, Roger Zelazny and Frank Herbert, and a lifelong love of science fiction, as well as crime fiction and more general reading matter.
John has a combined physics and computer science degree from the Open University, having studies at Birmingham University prior to that, and is pursuing postgraduate work at Oxford, which he is taking a break from currently. All of this more or less led him to his current day job, which is in IT consultancy, although he only works part-time now, due to the success of his writing career.
John has published three novels to date, - To Hold Infinity, Paradox and Context, the latter two titles being the first two books in the Nulapeiron Sequence. His fourth novel, Resolution, is the third Nulapeiron novel, and is forthcoming in 2004 from Transworld, with a fifth novel, Resonance, in the pipeline. He also has numerous short fiction publication credits. John has been nominated for a number of awards for his work. His novelette Sharp Tang was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award in 1995, and To Hold Infinity and Paradox were on the BSFA shortlists for Best Novel in 1999 and 2001 respectively. It is not without reason that The Times called him "The first important new sf writer of the 21st century."
Besides all this, John lives in Kent with his wife Yvonne and a remarkably aged cat, and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He can be persuaded to do some impressive tricks relating to this, such as doing the splits between two chairs, something which we fully intend to talk him into during the convention.