Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

September 16, 2013


Fritz Lang's Metropolis is way before its time and modern sci-fi is stacked with homage after homage. C3PO, loads of things in the Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings' crowd scenes etc. The story stands up as far as mythic structure is concerned and is still relevant today. It's a long haul, yes and the acting is 'of it's day' but back then it must have been a real shocker!

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