El Lam

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Laura Lam gained a Masters in Literature in Creative Writing with commendation from the University of Aberdeen in 2015 and a first class Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from California State University East Bay in 2009. In August 2016 she joined the Napier Creative Writing MA, and she will begin a PgCert in Teaching and Learning at Napier in September 2017, after which she plans to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing. Additionally, she conducts school visits for teens throughout the UK and is a mentor for one of the 2015 Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award recipients.

She is the award-winning writer of five novels: the acclaimed Micah Grey gaslight fantasy trilogy and the near future thrillers, False Hearts and Shattered Minds. False Hearts was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club section in July 2016, as well as a Locus Recommended Read, a Romantic Times top pick, and also received a starred Booklist review. Shattered Minds was an Amazon Editors' Best SFF Books of the Month choice in June 2017. Pantomime, the first of the Micah Grey series, won the Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction and was a Scottish Book Trust Teens Book of the Month, as well as shortlisted for numerous other awards.

Current writing projects include more near-future thrillers, a historical time travel fantasy, and a co-written epic YA space opera.


Conference Organising Activity

  • Cymera


Fellowships and Awards

  • Bisexual Book Award - Speculative Fiction


Invited Speaker

  • Cymera
  • Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - New Writing North
  • Granite Noir
  • GollanczFest @ Home
  • Using Climate Change Science in Fiction - WOWCON
  • Oops - Science as Problem and Solution - WonderCon Panel
  • Book Week Scotland - The Future is Queer
  • Remaking the Future with SFX
  • Waterstones Event Chairing Becky Chambers
  • Cymera
  • BBC Big Books Weekend with Temi Oh - Culture in Quarantine
  • WorldconNZ
  • Orbit Event with Ann Leckie
  • Orbit Event with K.B. Wagers
  • Waterstones Event Chairing Samantha Shannon
  • Storycon
  • Craigmillar Book Festival
  • Worldcon Dublin
  • Gollanczfest
  • Cooler Lumpur
  • Storycon
  • MCM Glasgow Comic Con
  • StoryCon
  • Dutch Comic Con
  • London Comic Con
  • Young Adult London Comic Con
  • Worldcon Helsinki


Media Activity

  • BBC Radio 2 Book Club


Public/Community Engagement

  • Astronomy Launchpad Workshop



12 results

Writing Science Fiction: Top Tips from a Sci-Fi Bestseller

Lam, L. (2022)
Writing Science Fiction: Top Tips from a Sci-Fi Bestseller. [Blog]
A blog post for Jericho Writers on writing Science Fiction

Seven Mercies

May, E., & Lam, L. (2022)
Seven Mercies. London: Gollancz
The sequel to Seven Devils

Seven Devils

May, E., & Lam, L. (2020)
Seven Devils. London: Gollancz
A space opera co-written with Elizabeth May, published through DAW Books and Gollancz in 2020. A #5 UK Sunday Times Bestseller Starred School Library Journal Review


Lam, L. (2020)
Goldilocks. London: Wildfire / Orbit
A near-future speculative fiction novel. Kirkus starred review (and best book of 2020 via Kirkus) School Library journal starred review

A Certain Reverence

Book Chapter
Lam, L. (2019)
A Certain Reverence. In D. Scott, & S. Malpas (Eds.), Scotland in Space: Creative Visions and Critical Reflections on Scotland’s Space Futures. Edinburgh: The New Curiosity Shop
A short story commissioned by the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Futures Institute for an interdisciplinary project about Scotland in Space.

From the Coffin to the Rowan Tree

Presentation / Conference
Lam, L. (2018, June)
From the Coffin to the Rowan Tree. Paper presented at International Vampire Film and Arts Festival, Sighișoara, Romania
After the glut of YA novels featuring vampires after Twilight, vampires are currently back in the coffin and publishers are still largely avoiding novels that feature them. Pa...


Lam, L. (2017)
Shadowplay. (1). London, UK: Pan MacMillan
Micah Grey almost died when he fled the circus with Drystan - now he and the ex-clown seek to outrun disaster. Drystan persuades his old friend Jasper Maske, a once-renowned m...

False Hearts

Lam, L. (2017)
False Hearts. London, UK: Pan MacMillan
One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She's then arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement ...

Shattered Minds

Lam, L. (2017)
Shattered Minds. (1). London, UK: Pan MacMillan
Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fuelled by the addictive drug ‘Zeal’. Now she’...


Lam, L. (2017)
Masquerade. London, UK: Pan MacMillan
Micah's Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life. But can they really trust the doctor, e...