Born on the South Island of New Zealand and now living on the North Island of Australia, Simon Petrie is a Canberra-based research scientist and writer of speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, and occasionally horror). Since 2007, his stories have appeared in magazines such as Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Aurealis, Borderlands, Kaleidotrope, Sybil’s Garage and Yog’s Notebook, webzines such as Redstone Science Fiction, AntipodeanSF, Ticon4 and Semaphore, and anthologies such as Masques (ed. Polack & Hopkins, CSFG), Destination: Future (ed. Adani & Reynolds, Hadley Rille Books), and Belong (ed. Farr, Ticonderoga Publications). His first collection of short fiction, Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables (Peggy Bright Books) published in March 2010, was shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel Award in the Best Collection category. A novella double, Flight 404 / The Hunt for Red Leicester (Peggy Bright Books), was released in September 2012, with ‘Flight 404’ shortlisted for a Ditmar Award and both novellas shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel Award, all in the Best Novella / Novelette category, the following year. His second collection of short fiction, Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell (Peggy Bright Books) was published in October 2014, and was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award in the Best Collection category.
Simon is a member of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and of SpecFicNZ, and a former member of the Andromeda Spaceways publishing collective. For Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, he has acted as editor of issues 35 (May 2008), 40 (August 2009), 51 (June 2011), 54 (June 2012), and 61 (June 2015). He has co-edited three anthologies of short fiction: Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear (with Edwina Harvey; Peggy Bright Books, 2012), Next (with Robert Porteous; CSfG Publishing, 2013), and Use Only As Directed (with Edwina Harvey; Peggy Bright Books, 2014): the first of these anthologies was shortlisted for a Ditmar Award, in the Best Collected Work category, in March 2013. He has served on three different judging panels for the Aurealis Awards, in the SF Novel, Anthology & Collection, and Fantasy Short Story categories. He has twice won the Sir Julius Vogel Awards: in August 2010, in the Best New Talent category, and in July 2013, for ‘Flight 404’, in the Best Novella / Novelette category.