David Barnett is an author, journalist and comic book writer based in the north of England. His commercial fiction, written as David M Barnett, includes Calling Major Tom, The Growing Pains of Jennifer Ebert, Things Can Only Get Better and The Handover, all for Orion Books. As David Barnett is also the author of Alien: Colony War, an original novel in the movie franchise universe, and the Gideon Smith series of Victorian fantasy novels. As a freelance journalist he mainly writes features for the UK press including the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, BBC Culture, Big Issue North, and more. His comics work includes, Books of Magic, for DC’s Sandman Universe line, based on the Neil Gaiman series, several strips for 2000AD, and work for Archie comics and IDW in the US.