Author has written 92 stories for Discworld, Good Omens, Biggles series, Dennis the Menace, Father Ted, Captain Scarlet, Misc. Comics, British Comedy, Lord of the Rings, Scandinavia and the World, Thunderbirds, Daria, Family Guy, Frasier, Big Bang Theory, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, and Transformers.
Yet another revision. A new reader suggested I do a chronology for my "Assassin" stories as a guide to new readers wanting to know where to start. So I'll bung it here after the necessary preamble.
Male. Should be old enough to know better.
Educated (arguably) in a school that combines aspects of Terry Pratchett's Hugglestones Academy crossed with the Assassins' Guild school. Served, in a way that combined aspects of Lieutenant Blouse and Nobby Nobbs, in the British Army (dewch ymlaen, bechgyn...).
Further educated at UCW Wrecsam, aka Owain Glyndwr University, aka North-East Wales Institute of Arts and Technology. Then on to the University of the Esoteric Arcana, Norwich, England. a tribute to what an architect can do with seven million knock-off breezeblocks.
Currently resident in Stockport, a nondescript town overlapping the south of Manchester. Stockport has a twinning arrangement with a sunny hotspot in the South of France, so it's easy to see what our councillors get out of the deal viz-a-viz freebies and "fact-finding missions". It is less easy to see what Beziers gets out of being twinned with Stockport, which, if anything, should be excluded from any sort of twinning. However, the town is more temperamentally suited to opening a joint suicide pact with somewhere in Sweden.
Used to be too intelligent by half, but by virtue of persistent and diligent alcohol ingestation, is now only too clever by about a quarter.
The author has recently spent inpatient time in a typical British hospital, (Stepping Hill, Stockport) albeit one which has been at the centre of several major investigations concerning the possibility that patients were being murdered by staff. He now believes no actual murders ever happened and the deaths were the result of good old fashioned British management practices combined with administrative screw-ups. He got out alive, anyway, and may incorporate his experiences into future stories.
The new avatar: some explanation. I created a character called Johanna Smith-Rhodes, an expansion of a one-line cameo in Pratchett's Discworld. A single reference to a Miss Smith-Rhodes who is a teacher at the Assassins' Guild School. That's all. But it kicked off a lot of fic. After a while I discovered a picture of a red-haired and freckled young woman with an uncompromising look to her. And I thought. This is Johanna. Exactly as I see her. I put this picture on her Guild membership card: I use this as cover picture to a couple of Johanna tales. After a while a younger sister drifted into the tales. Mariella grew in the telling too. And guess what... a red-haired Brazilian model called Cinthia Dicker was discovered. Young, unscrubbed and un-made-up pictures of Cinthia were Mariella. Exactly Mariella. Perfectly Mariella. And now Johanna has a daughter. Well, three daughters. I haven't figured out what Famke and Ruth will look like, or indeed if they will share her mother's red-hair and freckles. At least one of them will have to take after Ponder Stibbons, physically. You'd expect that.
But I came across this photo while noodling on the Net. I can't do anything much about the text that reads REDHEADS: EVERY MAN'S KRYPTONITE. But the girl has the right combination of youth, red hair, freckles and a look of vulnerable good-natured perplexity as if she's still diligently figuring everything out. She's Rebecka Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons. I had the same shock of recognition. I've met my Bekki. cute, isn't she? Say hello to her.
His favourite authors:-
Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
George McDonald Frazer (Flashman and McAuslan)
Michael Moorcock (straight sci-fi and fantasy)
Harry Harrison (satirical sci-fi, sci-fi humour such as The Stainless Steel Rat)
Tom Sharpe (the Piemberg farces set in apartheid South Africa; the Wilt series, which are very English comedies and farces of manners)
Derek Robinson (black, very black, comedies of air combat in WW1 and WW2 - the anti-Biggles of Capt W.E. Johns)
Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea -the magnificent Illuminatus! series
Sven Hassell - pulp war fiction.
His favourite cartoons/comics:-
Classic British childrens' comics, ie Beano, Dandy, Sparky: Dennis the Menace and his chums, anything drawn by Leo Baxendale. VIZ, the filthy but funny anti-comic.
Judge Dredd, 2000AD, Slaine
Steve Bell's lunatic, left-wing and subversive If...
Berke Breathed's Bloom County, the other big newspaper cartoon strip starring a penguin;
David Reddick's magnificent fantasy-fiction parody Legend of Bill - Terry Pratchett would approve!
Alison Barrow's sweet PreTeena (hey, I've been a stepfather to teenage girls... I'm not saying it was an unalloyed delight, but it gave me a few privileged insights into the way their minds work. Alison Barrows recaptures it perfectly for me with the Keene family of New England)
And Jennifer M. Babcock's C'est La Vie - America, and especially L.A., seen through the eyes of an existentially minded Frenchwoman and a very louche toy rabbit, possibly played by Serge Gainsborough. Wickedly funny. Go forth. Read it.
These last few available, with the exception of "IF", on GoComics.
Humon's excellent Scandinavia and the World.
His favourite radio and TV:-
classical BBC radio comedy such as The Burkiss Way, H2G2, Son of Cliche
Lunatic TV humour like Python, Rutland Weekend TV, Sledge Hammer, Ripping Yarns, Father Ted; The Big Bang Theory; Everybody Loves Raymond (an exceedingly good dom-com) ; King of Queens (Not as stellar as parent show Raymond, but has superlative moments. Plus the always gorgeous Leah Remini.) (fics coming soon...)
That chronology of my Discworld Assassins Series...
This a beta-test 1.0 version trying to put the Assassin tales into consistent chronological order. Future revisions may be made. especially since one of my assassins, who was only originally intended to be a parody of old-time unreformed South African attitudes and a bit dim, took on a life of her own and has basically been standing behind me with a machete at my neck suggesting I allow her character to grow, develop and become more sympathetic. Some of the older stories therefore contain references to a Johanna Smith-Rhodes who her colleagues find hard work - elements of the original conception can still be seen even at stages in the chronology where she might have grown out of old attitudes. I notice in one tale Alice Band refers to her as a "prissy little madam", which is definitely not the Johanna who became. And Emmanuelle has a militant feminist inclination in the earliest tale - which is definitely not her. Some bits need rewriting for consistency.
Chronology of Discworld fics….
The Graduation Class (complete)
Second-Best Thrill (abandoned)
The Lancre Caper (complete)
Murder Most 'Orrible (complete)
But Not Forgotten (complete)
Nature Studies (complete)
There's Nothing Like A New Pair of Eyes (ongoing)
Il Se Passait Au Nuit De Pere Porcher (complete)
Hear Them Chatter On The Tide (complete)
Clowning Is Serious Business (ongoing)
Why and Were (complete)
The events of Slipping Between Worlds (ongoing) happen around here.
The Graduation Class (complete)
Career Guidance (complete)
The Black Sheep (complete)
The events of The Many Worlds Interpretation (ongoing) happen around here. In which Discworld meets Roundworld, two universities meet, and Magic discovers it has a lot in common with Science.
The Prospectus (would be compiled in around this time frame)
Short stories in the Discworld Tarot: The Ace of Swords, The Two of Cups, The Three of Cups, The Four of Swords
No More Time for These Trousers (complete short)
Bungle In The Jungle (complete)
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (complete)
Short story in the Discworld Tarot: The King of Swords
Gap Year Adventures: (complete)
in which an adult Mariella and her best friend go travelling during that tricky year between leaving school and What Comes Next. Howondaland (or Klatch) is explored with glimpses into the Assassins' Guild and the wider Smith-Rhodes family. Especially the devious Uncle Charles.
A new tale, plotted but subject to finding time to write it. In which the oldest daughter of Ponder Stibbons and Johanna Smith-Rhodes grows up with a foot in two continents and belongs to both. Glimpses of the later lives of Ponder, Johanna, and their talented daughters. Bekki is a witch and Famke is an Assassin. Or learning to be Witch and Assassin. And they get a youngest sister, Ruth, who hasn't figured it out yet but who has no aspiration to be either. What direction will her life take? But mainly about Bekki with side-stories about her sisters. And wider family.
Subject to fact-checking and possible future revision and addition but provides a beginning!