Having grown up in Nottinghamshire, I went to study English Language and Literatures at the University of Hull, where I also joined both the university and local science fiction groups. This introduced me both to a range of authors I would have never found and to convention-going. It also started my reviewing career. On graduating I went straight onto a PhD on Philip K. Dick under Rowland Wymer. Being unable to get a full time job there, I took on the postmodern, decentred, know-the-rail-network-off-by-heart of the visiting lecturer at several different institutions a week.
I finally got a job at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, teaching film, media and creative writing. In the meantime I had become features editor of Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association and was involved in the running of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
I left High Wycombe after three years to my current job at Canterbury Christ Church University, teaching media, cultural studies, communications and film. I am currently the Chair of Judges for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
I am the winner of the 2004 Pioneer Award for excellence in sf scholarship.