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Michael Marshall Smith was the author of three great books of fantasy/SciFi fantasy in the 1990s: Only Forward, Spares and One of Us. He has since published a series of novels in the more mainstream Crime/Thriller category under the name Michael Marshall.

Is there any evidence to suggest he has given up on fantasy works? Or will he write more?

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I think it's something your would have to ask him. – ewanm89 Nov 26 '12 at 23:41
We are not professor X – Shwetabh Shekhar Nov 27 '12 at 7:11
@ShwetabhShekhar yes, but but the collective expertise here is likely to have picked up any comment or statements by him or his publishers. And this would be a good place to record the answer. – matt_black Nov 27 '12 at 9:12
@matt_black I was just teasing..:) – Shwetabh Shekhar Nov 28 '12 at 8:59

I hope he will. Only Forward is one of my all-time favorites. I tried scouring the web for interviews, but couldn't find anything conclusive.

Here's an old interview from 2001:

I'm not entirely comfortable with being 'science fiction,' which is how people often want to categorise me..."

which implies his shift away from sci-fi was intentional, although his official website is still However, the "Smith" is greyed out, so he seems to be keeping the two personas distinctly separate, with the thriller-writer in the front.

In a newer interview, from 2010, he again refers to this split persona (with three identities, by now), but he in no way implies that he's done with the Michael Marshall Smith science-fiction writing hat.

My guess, then? When he feels like writing sci-fi again, he'll write sci-fi. No doors have been closed.

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