Christopher Priest (born 14 July 1943) is a British novelist and science fiction writer. His works include Fugue for a Darkening Island, Inverted World, The Affirmation, The Glamour, The Prestige and The Separation.
|Born||14 July 1943|
|Pen name||John Luther Novak, Colin Wedgelock|
|Period||1966 – present|
|Genre||Fantasy, horror, science fiction, slipstream|
|Notable works||Inverted World, The Affirmation, The Glamour, The Prestige, The Separation, The Islanders|
|Notable awards||See below|
Priest's first story, "The Run", was published in 1966. Formerly an accountant and audit clerk, he became a full-time writer in 1968. One of his early novels, The Affirmation, concerns a traumatized man who apparently flips into a delusional world in which he experiences a lengthy voyage to an archipelago of exotic islands. This setting featured in many of Priest's short stories, which raises the question of whether the Dream Archipelago is actually a fantasy. The state of mind depicted in this novel is similar to that of the delusional fantasy-prone psychoanalytic patient ("Kirk Allen") in Robert Lindner's The Fifty-Minute Hour, or Jack London's tortured prisoner in The Star Rover.
Priest also dealt with delusional alternate realities in A Dream of Wessex, in which a group of experimenters for a British government project are brain-wired to a hypnosis machine and jointly participate in an imaginary but as-real-as-real future in a vacation island off the coast of a Sovietized Britain.
His most recent novels are The Islanders (2011), set in the Dream Archipelago, and The Adjacent (2013), a multi-strand narrative with recurring characters.
Of his narrative's plot twists, Priest told an interviewer in 1995, "my shocks are based on a sudden devastating reversal of what the reader knows or believes." 
Priest wrote the tie-in novel to accompany the 1999 David Cronenberg movie eXistenZ, which contains themes of the novels A Dream of Wessex and The Extremes. Such themes include the question of the extent to which we can trust what we believe to be reality and our memories.
Priest was approached to write stories for the 18th and 19th seasons of Doctor Who. The first, "Sealed Orders", was a political thriller based on Gallifrey commissioned by script editor Douglas Adams; it was eventually abandoned due to script problems and replaced with "Warriors' Gate". The second, "The Enemy Within", was also eventually abandoned due to script problems and what Priest perceived as insulting treatment after he was asked to modify the script to include the death of Adric. It was replaced by "Earthshock". This falling-out soured the attitude of the production office to the use of established literary authors, and no more were commissioned until Neil Gaiman authored the episode "The Doctor's Wife" in 2011.
A film of his novel The Prestige was released on 20 October 2006. It was directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. Despite differences between the novel and screenplay, Nolan was reportedly so concerned the denouement be kept a surprise that he blocked plans for a lucrative US tie-in edition of the book.
He won the BSFA award for short fiction in 1979 for the short story "Palely Loitering"; and has been nominated for Hugo Awards in the categories of Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, and Best Non-Fiction Book (this last for The Book on the Edge of Forever (also known as Last Deadloss Visions), an exploration of the unpublished Last Dangerous Visions anthology). The Space Machine won the International SF prize in the 1977 Ditmar Awards . Priest's 1979 essay "The Making of the Lesbian Horse" (published as a Novacon chapbook) takes a humorous look at the roots of his acclaimed novel Inverted World. He was guest of honour at Novacon 9 in 1979 and Novacon 30 in 2000, and at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in 2005.
Between 7 November and 7 December 2007, the Chelsea College of Art and Design had an exhibition in its gallery Chelsea Space inspired by Priest's novel The Affirmation. It followed "themes of personal history and memory (which) through the lens of a more antagonistic and critical form of interpretation, aims to point towards an overtly positive viewpoint on contemporary art practice over any traditional melancholy fixation".
Priest lived in Devon but now lives on Isle of Bute. He was married to writer Lisa Tuttle from 1981 to 1987 and to Leigh Kennedy from 1988 to 2011, with whom he had twins. He currently lives with speculative fiction writer Nina Allan.
Arekita Productions is casting The Stooge, a short film from a screenplay by Christopher Priest... The story follows a downtrodden but determined man seeking work as a magician's assistant who enters the world of a legendary illusionist and a captivating showgirl, and soon realizes that the world of magic reveals more surprises than he could ever have imagined.
Slipstream does not define a category, but suggests an approach, an attitude, an interest or obsession with thinking the unthinkable or doing the undoable. Slipstream can be visionary, unreliable, odd or metaphysical. It's not magical realism: it's a larger concept that contains magical realism. Some familiar recent slipstream examples: Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale, the films Memento or Being John Malkovich, the opera Jerry Springer. Other novelists who have from time to time carried the slipstream torch include Anthony Burgess, Haruki Murakami, Don DeLillo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Banville, John Fowles, Paul Auster and Dino Buzzati.
Christopher Priest may refer to:
Christopher Priest (novelist) (born 1943), British novelist
Christopher Priest (comics) (born 1961), American writer of comic books also known as Jim Owsley
Chris Priest (footballer) (born 1973), former English midfielderList of people from Stockport
This is a list of people from Stockport, in North West England. The demonym of Stockport is Stopfordian, however, this list may include people from Bredbury, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Marple, Reddish and Romiley, all from the wider Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. This list is arranged alphabetically by surname.Priest (disambiguation)
A priest is a person who holds an office in a religion, for example an Orthodox Christian priest, Roman Catholic priest, Hindu priest, an Imam in Islam, or a Kohen in Judaism.
Priest may also refer to:
As a tool:
Priest (tool), a tool for killing fish
PriEsT, a software tool to help making decisionsAs a vehicle:
M7 Priest, an informal name for an American World War II self-propelled artillery vehicleIn places:
Priest's Cove, Cornwall, UK
Priest Island, Scotland
Priest Lake, Idaho
Priest Mine, Ontario, Canada
Priest Point, Washington
Priest Rapids on the Columbia River, Washington state which is the location of:
Priest Rapids Dam
Priest River, Idaho
The Priest (mountain)Films
Priest (1994 film), a film directed by Antonia Bird and scripted by Jimmy McGovern
Priest (2011 film), a supernatural action film starring Paul Bettany as Priest, based on a Korean manhwa of the same name
The Priest (film), a 2009 Russian film
The Priests (film), a 2015 South Korean filmIn popular culture:
Priest (manhwa), a Korean Weird West comic
Priest (In Plain Sight episode), short title for the In Plain Sight season three finale episode.
Priest (computer game), a computer game based on the aforementioned comic
Priest (World of Warcraft), a class in World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs
Judas Priest, a British heavy metal band
Priest Maxi, South Park character
Jessica Priest, a character from the Spawn comic book
Hoodlum Priest (musician), a band named after:
Hoodlum Priest (film), a 1961 film
"Maximum Priest" E.P., an EP by Squarepusher
Red Priest, a musical group
The Priests, an Irish vocal trio
"The Priest", a song by Limp Bizkit from The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
Priest (TV series), a 2018 South Korean television seriesPeople named "Priest":
Alfred Priest (1810–1850), an English painter of landscapes
Cathy Priest (born 1971), a Canadian female bodybuilder
Cherie Priest (born 1975), an American novelist
Christopher Priest (disambiguation)
Christopher Priest (novelist) (born 1943), an English novelist
Christopher Priest (comics) (born 1961), comic book writer, who (out of courtesy to the novelist of the same name) signs his work "Priest"
Dana Priest, an author
Daniel Priest an Australian convict
Daniel B. Priest, an American lawyer
Degory Priest, a passenger on the Mayflower
Eric Priest (born 1943), a professor
Fred Priest, a professional footballer
Graham Priest (born 1948), a philosopher
J.W. Priest (died 1859), an American architect
John Priest, a stand-up comedian
Josias Priest (1645–1735), an English dancer
Killah Priest (born 1970), an American rapper
Lee Priest (born 1972), an Australian male bodybuilder
Mark Priest (born 1961), a New Zealand cricketer
Mathew Priest (born 1970), a British drummer
Maxi Priest (born 1960), an English Reggae singer
Pat Priest (judge) (born 1940), a Texan judge
Patricia Ann Priest (born 1935), an American actress
Percy Priest (1900–1956), an American politician
Priest Holmes (born 1973), an American football running back
Priest Lauderdale (born 1973), an American basketball player
Robert Priest (born 1951), a Canadian poet and children's author
Terri Priest (1928–2014), an American artist
Tim Priest (police officer), an Australian policeman
Tim Priest (American football), an American football broadcasterFictional characters named "Priest":
Reginald J. Priest, President of the United States in the TV series The Lexx
Youngblood Priest, protagonist of Super Fly
Grand Priest, a character from Dragon Ball SuperOther:
Priesthood (Latter Day Saints)
Pigeon having bald pate with crest at the back of the head