Stephen Marley was born
of Irish parents in Derby,
England but his earliest childhood memories are of Galway in Ireland.
He graduated in Social Anthropology in London, gained an M.Sc
in the Sociology of Science and worked on a PhD on ancient Chinese
science while lecturing in Manchester. He took up writing full-time in
first two novels were published in 1988,
one of which, Spirit Mirror,
introduced his Chia Black Dragon series. The second in this series, Mortal Mask,
was acclaimed a ‘masterpiece’ in the respected Clute/Grant Encyclopedia
His other works range from controversial
historical fiction (The
Life of the Virgin Mary) to the dark comedy SF
of Managra and
Dominion. To date, he has published eight novels
and several short stories.