Stephanie Jane “Steph” Swainston is a British literary fantasy/science fiction author, known for the Castle series. Her debut novel, The Year of Our War (2004), won the 2005 Crawford Award and a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Swainston took a break from writing in 2011 to become a chemistry teacher,[1] but subsequently returned to writing.[2] Her fifth novel, Fair Rebel, was published in 2016.

Books in order of publication by series:

  • The Year of Our War (Gollancz SF, 2004)
  • The Year of Our War (Gollancz SF, 2006)
  • No Present Like Time (Gollancz SF, 2005, hardcover)
  • No Present Like Time (Gollancz SF, 2006, paperback)
  • The Modern World (Gollancz SF, 2007, paperback)
  • The Castle Omnibus: “The Year of Our War”, “No Present Like Time”, “The Modern World” (Gollancz SF, 2009, paperback)
  • Above the Snowline (Gollancz SF, 2010, hardcover)
  • Fair Rebel (Gollancz SF, 2016, paperback)
  • Turning Point – short story collection (Air and Nothingness Press, 2018, paperback)

Castle short stories

  • The Wheel of Fortune in the anthology The Best British Fantasy 2013 (Salt Publishing, 2013, paperback)
  • Wrought Gothic (Air and Nothingness Press, 2016, paperback)
  • Aftermath (Air and Nothingness Press, 2016, paperback)