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This is a brief discussion of Magnus Mills and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Mills.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Mills: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Mills tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Mills worthy; in sum, to help you rank Magnus Mills (and the works by Mills listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About Magnus Mills

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the ”Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other Magnus Mills Resources

Magnus Mills Resources on the Web

Curiously—he is a literary lion, at least in Britain—there is no dedicated Mills web site. Indeed, there is not much cohesive Mills material: mostly it’s just brief overview bios, one-off book reviews, and the usual few interviews.

Of Mills pages, clearly the best is Magnus Mills at The Complete Review; there is also a collection of reviews of his books at the Reading Matters site. And the Albion Magazine Online site has a nice overview Of Mills’ career (through 2010).

Also worth noting is an interview at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The writings of Magnus Mills (click the “Show Transcript” link there).

There are a couple of perceptive reviews by Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column of Mills novels, well worth reading: of Three To See the King, and of The Scheme For Full Employment (which Kleffel is perceptive enough to see as speculative fiction, something not all reviewers got). There are certainly many, many more one-off reviews of those and other Mills books, and here Google Is Your Friend.

There are the usual occasional interview pages, too; a representative one is this 1999 Barcelona Review interview.

And if you want to know what Mills’ own “Top 10” favorite books are, you can find out (as it happens, two of them are in the lists here).

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Magnus Mills Resources in Print

I could find none.

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Magnus Mills ****

(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
(It is often hard to judge whether a Mills novel is fantastic or simply odd; I suspect we might think of him as being in that respect like Mervyn Peake.)

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