Colin Harvey RIP


It is with a heavy heart that we heard this morning about the death of Colin Harvey. He had a stroke on Monday morning, and did not recover.

I first met Colin at NewCon in Northampton, as I was just starting to get Angry Robot off the ground. We’d got talking about nothing in particular, as you do at SF conventions, but once he’d sniffed out I was not only a possible publisher but also open to pitches, he went for it with gusto. I bought two novels off him in quick succession – Winter Song and the still-in-progress Damage Time – and the former was included in our launch line-up in July 2009, the second novel last October. His writing was an unusual mix of traditional SF tropes – crashed spaceship, decaying city – but written with almost total focus on the characters of the people caught up in such events.

Colin hadn’t just come from nowhere, however. He had made frequent story sales in the usual venues, and had a trio of titles out through small presses in the UK and US. He had a natural enthusiasm for SF in all its forms too – he was part of the team organising the blossoming Bristolcon, and ran regular blogs and interviews across his and several other websites. He was a cheery presence on the UK SF scene, and we shall miss him terribly. Our thoughts and condolences go to his wife, Kate. — Marc

PS, thank you to everyone leaving your own reminiscences of Colin in the Comments section below. It’s wonderful to read them all.

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Really sorry to hear about this. I never had the pleasure of meeting Colin but am very aware of his writing. My thoughts and condolences are with Colin’s family and friends at this time.


An awful tragedy.
Colin was a thoroughly good bloke.

Colin Bruce Harvey
August 16th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I just wanted to add my comments at this extraordinarily sad news. Colin was my namesake and we were occasionally mistaken for one another, understandable given that there were obvious cross-overs in terms of our interests. Although we talked via email a few times I met him just once, at a BSFA book launch for an academic book I contributed to. He was affable, engaging and very funny and I really hoped we would run into one another again. My sincere condolences to his wife, his family and his friends, and to everyone at Angry Robot.


So sad to hear of Colin’s passing. I never knew him except through an occasional email, but I knew him to be a very professional and kind man. My condolences to those left behind, for he is gone far too soon.


How devastating. His family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

I too met Colin through Swimming Kangaroo. He volunteered to do a series of blogs for my website while he was between jobs. I’ve always had a real respect for him and his works.

He is missed already on this plane.

May he rest in peace.


Just heard this news, I’m shocked and saddened. Add my small voice to the condolences to be passed on to his family.


I’m so sorry to hear this. Colin, you will be missed. 🙁


Very sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family, his friends, and all who worked with him.


So very sad. He was a lovley bloke. Microcon will never be the same.
We need to do something to remember him by. Maybe we could publish an anthology in his memory.


Colin always struck me as one of the good guys of the world. He was very supportive of new writers, both through his anthologies and in his very perceptive reviews. Among the first glowing reviews I ever received for my fiction were from Colin.

Colin also was an amazing SF writer, with a unique voice and style. He will be deeply missed. 


I’m very sorry to hear this. He was kind enough to do an interview for my blog around the time Damage Time came out ( The world has lost a promising SF author.


I’m terribly sorry to hear this news. I didn’t know Colin well, but we were members of a writing group together and he recently (and graciously) had me over to his site for an interview. My deepest sympathies for his family and friends.


I’m deeply saddened to hear of this. A bright talent cut off too young, too soon. My condolences to his friends and family.

Christopher Kastensmidt
August 17th, 2011 at 6:59 am

This is just so hard to believe. Colin was a wonderful person, and far too young to go like this.
I’m glad I had the chance to meet him and share some laughs, and that’s the way I’ll remember him.
Rest in peace, Colin. You shall be missed.


Very sad to hear this news. My condolences to Colin’s family and all who knew him. A huge loss to the SF community. I think I may have bumped into Colin in late 2009, at an AR “do” at Forbidden Planet in London, but my memory of the event is a little hazy.


I first met Colin over beer and a chat at P-Con in Dublin several years ago, and likewise over a few late nights at the Delta in Montreal during Worldcon 2009. I had the pleasure of reading and accepting his story for the current issue of Albedo One. He was a good friend to us at the magazine and will be sorely missed. Gone all too soon.


Alas, another good man gone.


The first time I met Colin was at the big AR launch at Forbidden Planet. I remember chatting to him and when he found out, with some well placed questions, that both Mark and I are aspiring writers, he was nothing but encouraging and sweet. And subsequently, each time we saw him then, he made a point of asking us where we were on our journey.

Our thoughts and hearts go out to his wife and friends. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.


I met Colin at several cons and had enjoyable conversations. Sad and shocking news.


Enjoyed many chats and pints with Colin over the years at Pcons in Dublin and Worldcon in Montreal. He only recently proofed his short story and interview for Albedo One and we both just finished editing anthologies for Aeon Press and conferred on a number of issues relating to them. I just can’t get my head around this. A lovely guy, gone way before his time. I will miss him.


I got to know Colin through his attendance at P-Con in Dublin. He was always great company and willing to help with anything that needed done. It was always a pleasure to talk to him in person or on-line.


Really can’t believe this. Thoughts go to his family.


a very close friend…i am honoured to have known colin and to be a dedication of his last work…will never forget colin, his warmth and friendship was overwhelming, and his loss is a pain so acute words fail. I can only hope he knew how loved and respected he was by all here.

thank you x


I’ll add my own shock to that which has already been expressed, and condolences to Colin’s family. I’ll always associate Colin with Fantasycon, and this year’s event will seem a little emptier without him.

Colin contributed the excellent “Occupation” to the NewCon Press anthology ‘Further Conflicts’, which was published this April. I never dreamt, when I approached him for a story, that this would be my last opportunity to do so. A sad, sad loss.


I met Colin at the 2008 Eastercon, where I was on a short-story panel with him. He was on an anthology panel with me, Ian Whates and Ellen Datlow at the 2010 Eastercon. I last met him at last year’s Fantasycon where we had a brief chat. In the short time I knew him, I knew he was one of the good guys and he put in his time as a reviewer and editor as well as an author. I’ll miss him. Fifty is no age to go. My condolences to his friends and family.


People that are driven to write, or do anything creative supremely well, seldom have easy lives. Colin seemed very lucky to me because he seemed to have such a great family (and family life), and integrating one with the other is certainly no mean trick. For many artists it might even be impossible. So hats off to Colin and his family, for supporting each other in the twin pursuits of happiness and art, and in that respect pulling off a coup worthy of an artist’s Houdini. Well done all. Thinking of you.


I met Colin only twice and he was a very easy person to get on with, the first time was at Waterstones Birmingham this easter. It was part of Angry Robots book pitch. He was sat next to Lauren Beukes and he had the look of a very happy man, the rest of the authors where Remic, Whates, Abnett and Meany. He definatly got the best deal out of that. I was lucky enough to talk to him for a good half hour. The second time was at Alt Fiction at Derby, he said hello but was very busy. I did get an email a couple of day late saying sorry to not talking to me longer but was just max out, that was a realy nice touch and meant a lot to me. What a very nice man and I only met him twice he make a bit impact on my life, will miss him.


I’ve only just heard… I met Colin some years back, and we’ve had great chats at Eastercons in particular. A lovely man who loved writing and had great perseverance as well as talent.

I had an email from him recently that I’d meant to reply to… Ah, damn. He should still be here. Condolences, everyone.


I was on holiday when this happened, and have literally only just heard whilst scrolling idly down the news on the AR website. I’m totally shocked by this. I didn’t know Colin very well, but he’s been knocking around the convention circuit for years (as have I), so I was very aware of his presence. How terrible to die so young and so unexpectedly. Heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.


I’ve no idea how I missed this news, but only heard because of the Colinthology tribute anthology that’s come out. I met Colin several years ago in Ireland, and always enjoyed chatting to him at various cons. What a terrible blow for his family, and a sad loss. My very belated condolences to all.

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