John Harper’s writing career began in his first year of school when he stood before the school assembly and read out his ‘novelisation’ of the movie Short Circuit.

School was spent writing endless pieces of original and fan fiction, most of the action revolving around his first original hero ‘Jack Hamilton’, Awesome Ass Kicking Extraodinaire and Pontiac Enthusiast.

Fast forward a few years and John is a science fiction writer living in Wellington, New Zealand. He likes spending time with his two children, and he follows the cricket a little too vigourously. John is a passionate writer at night and occupies his days working as a chartered mechanical engineer.

John’s first published novel was Elite:And Here The Wheel, an official Elite:Dangerous novel published in May 2014. John first played Elite on the Atari ST in 1989 as seven year old who couldn’t dock to a Coriolis space station to save himself. (which is appropriate as docking was a life and death situation).  A hacked save game got him a docking computer and he was off.  With age and practice John was able to start again, manually docking his way to a fully equipped ‘Iron-Arse’.  Bored of the ‘local group’ John set off to explore Chart 1 – his biggest memories are using his escape capsule to quickly travel across the chart.  And then blowing up the Atari ST in the process.

John is currently writing for several computer games, ‘Shallow Space‘ an space sim RTS, and ‘The Seed‘, a post apocalyptic survival/explorer. He is also working on his second novel, “Behind Black Eyes“.