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Sadly, this prominent British SF poet and stalwart of the small press scene passed away on 13th June 2018. Steve Sneyd (1941-2018) was a regular contributor to Atlantean Publishing, especially The Supplement's letter pages; he edited the Data Dump newsletter, which covered genre poetry, from 1991 until 2017 and also ran Hilltop Press, which specialised in genre poetry. He was also, naturally, the judge of the annual Data Dump Award. Although best known as a poet, he has made the occasional prose fiction outing, and has written numerous reviews and articles. He was the Featured Poet in Monomyth 25.

A copywriter-turned-creative writing tutor, Steve Sneyd's work has appeared in 1000-plus magazines, anthologies, etc, worldwide, as well appearing online and being heard on Radio Four's Stanza on Stage Poetry in Space special. Steve read his work at the SF event of National Year of Literature (UK), Newham Libraries SF Festival, various SF conventions, etc. His many books and articles about SF poetry include interviews with Aldiss, Moorcock and Zelazny. He edited the SF poetry anthology Dreamers on the Sea of Fate (Sol Publications, 1999). He was a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association from the '70s.

Amongst his poetry collections are :

  • Bad News From The Stars (Ocean View Books, USA)
  • In Coils of Earthen Hold (Salzburg University)
  • Gestaltmacher, Gestaltmacher, Make Me A Gestalt (Four Quarters Press, UK)
  • Mistaking The Nature of Posthuman (Hilltop Press)


Rhysling Award[]

Appearances in Atlantean publications[]


(many to be filled in yet!)

The Dark Tower, Volume Five: Towers of Time[]

  • The Towers of Time
  • Can You Remember How Long Ago It Started

Mars: Poetry and Fiction from the Red Planet

  • Enjoying the Peace of Mars
  • Not Even Our Lungs The Same
  • Recruiting for the Exodus
  • Nor Empty Is Your Dream
  • How They Took Mars From Us

Awen 86[]

  • Parados

Awen 87[]

  • Priceless To Know They're There
  • Past Wavefront
  • Prayed Backwards Tells You Who You Are

Monomyth 53[]

  • Over That Shoulder Where Words Lure Sky Eyes

Monomyth 57[]

Reviewed In Atlantean Publishing[]

Reviews of Steve's work have appeared in the following issues :