Dennis M. Lane is a Rhysling Award (2013 Short poem - "Blind Obedience", 2013 Long Poem - "Grandfather") and Dwarf Stars Award (2013 "Replacement") nominated poet and writer of science fiction short stories and novels.
He was born in the monochrome days of the early sixties, deep in the industrial heartland of England. Coming of age during the Thatcher Years, the conflict that he experienced during the Steel Strike and the Teacher’s Strike played a great part in his political development.
In 1986 he travelled to rural Nigeria as a volunteer teacher and this lead to a long career working in international development, which continues to this day.
He has lived in seven countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, each country making its own impact upon him. He has finally settled in South Africa where he has now lived for almost ten years.
Dennis M Lane’s writing ranges from poetry, which covers a variety of themes from the personal to the political, and are written in a range of styles and forms; through short stories; to longer forms. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010. A collection of science fiction short stories, poetry and flash fiction, "The Poring Dark", was published in September 2012. His first novel “Talatu”, a Young Adult Science Fiction tale, was published in March 2013.
His second novel was published in August 2013. "The King's Jewel", the first of The Helix Key Series, is a Young Adult novel best described as Quantum Leap meets Assassin's Creed with a backbone of Stargate; and is populated by his own ancestors (going back as far as the time of Christ!).
Outside of his writing Dennis presents a monthly Film Review on the Hugo award winning StarShipSofa podcast, writes articles for the Limebird Writers site, cooks, plays the harmonica and spends far too much time watching football.