Martin StellingaMartin Stellinga is an aspiring author from the Netherlands, who primarily writes science fiction and fantasy stories.

He was born in the Dutch city of Leiden and was raised on a house boat. Although he is not a native English speaker, through cartoons and computer games he taught himself English at age seven. He began reading fantasy and science fiction in his teens and hasn’t stopped since. When he started writing, this naturally led him to write in English, rather than his native Dutch tongue.

Martin obtained a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Delft in the early noughties. Since then, he’s worked as a (lead) software developer.

Around the same time, he joined the Dutch Guild of Fiction Writers. He wrote several short stories, one of which won the yearly DGFW writing contest. He also met his future wife, Kitty, there.

During the mid-noughties, unhindered by his lack of drawing talent, he wrote and drew a web comic, which ran for more than 500 pages. He wrote several short stories, some poetry, and was even inspired by Stars Wars Episode 3 to some satire.

The past few years he has evolved to writing novels and short stories. In 2015, he received a Silver Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest for his story ‘Hostages’.

Currently, Martin lives with his wife Kitty, his daughter, their three cats, and a truck load of books. He continues to write, often from beneath a pile of fur or diapers.


  • The Thousand Sails of Elysium. A 125,000-word fantasy novel set on a flooded future earth that reverted to the age of sail. The protagonist is John Rake, a captain caught in the wars of a few immortals passing themselves off as gods.
    Looking for a publisher.
  • Aperture. An 80,000-word science fiction novel. A female human resistance fighter is framed for murder. The only way to prove her innocence is to ingest a parasite that will take over her mind in less than a week.
    Looking for a publisher.
  • The Rebel and the Assassin. An 100,000 word fantasy novel. Currently being edited. Looking for a publisher.

Short stories

  • Hostages. Silver honorable mention in the 4th quarter of the 32nd Writers of the Future contest. Read it now, on this website.
  • Blood and Tears. Winner of the 2004 annual Dutch Guild of Fiction Writers writing competition.