The Complete and thorough bio-bibliography of the SFWUK member writers
Junyoung Hong spent most of his time reading while growing up, as he did not have many friends. In middle school, he had an opportunity to write a stage play and realized the joy of writing. He did no volunteer to write this play but his work won the best script award, which encouraged him considerably.
He majored in creative writing in college and began training as a professional writer. He took part in TYPEMOON.NET. In the early 2000s, he took on the role of chief editor at Team Forbidden, a gore-genre club. It was not a success, but he again experienced the joy of writing to the fullest. He was an active member of the gore literature club for quite a long while (wrote various thoughts about diverse genres on TYPEMOON.NET) and took time to complete his first novel, which was officially published in 2017. It took Hong five years to publish The Foreigner’s Castle (이방인의 성), a SF novel mixed with conspiracy theory, mad science, veiled political struggles and alternate history.
The novel seems to be a steampunk genre work on the surface but the world he created was a combination of a modern world in the 2010s, the Chosen Dynasty celebrating the 619th anniversary, and a future that is imbued with the atmosphere of the Belle Époque between the late 19th century and the early 20th century. The admixture is perhaps a result of the author owing most of his reading experience to Western literature.
Bio-bibliography written by Junyoung Hong, edited by Myung-hoon Bae, translated by Bora Chung.
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