Phil Phoenix was born in Bristol in 1942. He has a lifelong passion for science fiction, first inspired by the Eagle comic book and, later, H.G.Wells amongst many others.
Phil did not take up writing seriously until he was 52, when a particularly vivid nightmare made such an impression on him that he had to write it down. This dream eventually became his first novel, Jet!, which is his first title published through Heddon Publishing and the first episode of the JET! Trilogy.
I am very sad to share the news that Phil Phoenix passed away in May 2018.
Phil was a really lovely man and a prolific writer of science fiction. We brought out his book Jet! in 2013. It is a fantastically imaginative story, with lots of dry humour which to me immediately identified Phil with his Bristolian background.
I never met Phil in person, unfortunately, but we were in touch regularly and he never failed to be upbeat and positive, and never gave up on his writing. He had a true determination to make writing work for him.
It feels very strange now not to hear from him and I will miss him and his emails greatly.
In tribute to this lovely man, here is a little excerpt from JET!
Although in themselves people hadn’t changed much, by the 27th century, global government (United World Organisation) attitudes had changed pan-world society. Rock’n’Roll music and its derivatives had been completely banned, in favour of ‘Tone’ music. Many centuries passed before Rock’n’Roll saw the light of day again.
However, by the 34th century, purely through a lack of stringent policing, prosecutions for this supposed crime had become less common. Also, many clubs and bars had radar fitted to detect police presence, and with Holofilm being the popular norm, many club owners were able to change their entertainment mode within seconds. When any officers of the law arrived to inspect the premises, they found Holofilm of a local orchestra playing Tone music.
Such was the case with the Ill Eagle Club, run by Ali Boran. His clientele included many UWO and United World Forces (UWO military) top brass, purely due to Ali’s business acumen and guile. Ali had always believed in giving, and because of it, his club had gained a formidable reputation for being the best.
As well as Ali’s natural charisma, which meant very few people could dislike him, his generosity was one reason that Sirk Notaani had become a regular at the Ill Eagle. The other was that he knew of a certain young lady tearaway named Cita Ballero, who also happened to frequent the club.
Life was good – steady, reliable, and maybe a little predictable, but a loving relationship, strong friendships and a top-rate drinking establishment meant that could be easily overlooked. However, we all know that as years go by, nothing remains constant. With an international crisis between Catha – formerly China – and the UWO (whom Catha refused to join) looming, life for Sirk, Cita, Ali and their friends was about to change forever.