I'm Simon Haynes, programmer and author. Welcome to my website.

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I'm lucky enough to have been published in five countries (soon to be six), and you'll find my work on all the major book-selling sites.

Press and Publicity Material

Author Simon Haynes and the Hal Spacejock SF/Humour series

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Author photo (c) 2012 Simon Haynes (Click for high-res)

Hal Junior: The Secret Signal

October 2011

Hal Spacejock 4: No Free Lunch

Released June 2008
Hal 4 PDF Press Release (800kb)

Hal Spacejock No Free Lunch
Hal Spacejock No Free Lunch cover art
Original artwork: (c) Dion Hamill
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Hal Spacejock 3: Just Desserts

Released January 2007
Hal 3 PDF Press Release (300kb)

Hal Spacejock Just Desserts
Hal Spacejock Just Desserts cover art
Original artwork: (c) Dion Hamill
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Hal Spacejock 2: Second Course

Released March 2006
Hal 2 PDF Press Release (300kb)

Hal Spacejock Second Course
Hal Spacejock Second Course cover art
Original artwork: (c) Dion Hamill
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Hal Spacejock

Book one in the series. Released September 2005
PDF Press Release (300kb)

Hal Spacejock
Hal Spacejock cover art
Original artwork: (c) Dion Hamill
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Hal Spacejock's long and rocky road to publication

I first shopped Hal Spacejock around in the year 2000. I only tried four publishers - two in Australia, one in the UK and one in the US - and while I got personalised feedback from each of them, they'd all come to the same conclusion: Despite the popularity of authors like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett and titles like Red Dwarf, SF/Humour didn't sell. Apparently.

So, I gave up on publishers. But I didn't give up on Hal.

At the time I was attending SF conventions with Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and so I decided to print up a few copies of Hal Spacejock and give them away to subscribers. (ASIM publishes light-hearted SF rather than the dreary stuff, so the audience was ideal.) At one of these conventions I met the SF specialist from Dymocks Carousel, the local branch of the Australian Dymocks chain, and he agreed to put a few copies on their shelves.

And that's where my current publisher found Hal Spacejock. They offered me a contract and I set to work rewriting the novels with editorial input from Janet Blagg. The first title was released in September 2005 and immediately featured in the Dymocks SF bestseller list. It stayed there for three weeks running, and ongoing sales led to a third printing.

Fremantle Press published four Hal Spacejock novels between 2005 and 2008. In 2009 and 2010 I worked on Hal Spacejock book five, but the novelty of getting published had worn off and I was busy with other interests.

Eventually, in 2011, I contacted the Press and we mutually agreed to end the series. I asked for the rights back, put the first four books on Amazon and made plans to publish a junior science fiction novel I'd been working on.

Hal Junior: The Secret Signal is an independently published title. Dion Hamill is doing the cover, and I've engaged a professional editor to ensure the book is in the best possible shape. Publication date is October 2011 for print and ebook.

This new book has revitalised my interest in writing, and I now have plans for continuing the Hal Spacejock series.

For more information see my Biography and Publishing Credits pages. You're also welcome to contact me.