Author interview, August 2007 (Yog’s Notebook)

(Originally published on the blog of the now-defunct US magazine, Yog’s Notebook)


Simon wrote “Three-Horned Dilemma”, a story about a man with a triceratops problem. It appears in our summer issue.

Q: What’s the best thing you’ve read recently?

A: My left brain reckons Nova Swing by M. John Harrison, but my right brain would go for Simon Haynes’ Hal Spacejock.

Q: What motivates you to write science fiction or horror?

A: Long lists of other things I really should be doing.

Q: What do you hope the future will be like?

A: Inhabited, but some days I wonder …

Q: What’s lurking under your bed?

A: From the looks of it, a dust bunny stud farm.

Q: Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of writing and sf/horror?

A: I’m interested in (and have done research in) “astrochemistry”, which sounds like sf but is probably even stranger. I also have an unhealthy interest in obscure Sixties rock groups.

Q: Do you have a website you’d like our readers to see?

A: Not a proper ‘Simon Petrie’ website, no. I’m a member of the Andromeda Spaceways publishing co-op, which is at


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