Simon Haynes is the british-born, australian author of the Hal Spacejock, Harriet Walsh, Dragon and Chips and Hal Junior series, as well as a number of short stories. His work typically features an underdog fighting for survival against far stronger opponents.
Simon is a huge fan of Isaac Asimov's work, in particular the robot novels and the Foundation series. He also enjoys dry, witty comedy, and loves satire.
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A voracious, life-long reader, Simon's influences include Arthur C. Clarke, William F. Temple, C.S. Forester, C.S. Lewis, W.E. Johns, George G. Gilman, James A. Michener, Andrew M. Greeley, J.E. MacDonell, P.G. Wodehouse and J.R.R. Tolkien.
He also enjoys works by authors without initials, such as Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, James Herriot, Victor Canning, Tom Holt, Desmond Bagley, Elisabeth Beresford, Michael Bond, Anthony Buckeridge, Richmal Crompton, James Clavell, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lynn Flewelling, Dick Francis, Adam Hall, Alexander Kent/Douglas Reeman, Robert Ludlum, Alistair MacLean, Dudley Pope, Arthur Ransome, Malcolm Saville, Tom Sharpe, Showell Styles and many more.
Simon is also the programmer and designer behind Spacejock Software, and is responsible for popular programs like FCharts, yWriter and yBook.