Stel Pavlou

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Stel Pavlou
Born (1970-11-22) 22 November 1970 (age 50)
Gillingham, Kent, England
OccupationNovelist, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor
GenreThriller, speculative fiction, science fiction, adventure
SubjectHistory, mythology, anthropology, languages, genetics, outer space

Stelios Grant Pavlou (born 22 November 1970)[1] is a British screenwriter and speculative fiction novelist. His novels Decipher[2] and Gene[3] have been published in 12 languages. He also wrote the screenplay for the film The 51st State.

Personal life[edit]

Pavlou was born in Gillingham, and grew up in Borstal, Rochester and Chatham, England. He attended University of Liverpool in American Studies, and also studied at the University of Mississippi as an exchange student.[4] His father, Paul Pavlou, was a native Greek Cypriot from the island of Cyprus, where Stelios often vacationed in his formative years. His book Gene was dedicated to his father post-humously. His mother, Maureen, is English and a native of Rochester.

In 1990, at the age of 19, Pavlou volunteered one year of service to the Cypriot army.[5] He married his wife, Michelle, in 2007. They currently live near Castle Rock, Colorado with their daughter.


Pavlou's first novel, Decipher, was published in 2001. It was set in Atlantis, and explores the implications of nanotechnology.[6] As a continuation of that book he operates Atlantipedia,[7] a website dedicated to the study of the Atlantis myth and its myriad associated theories. In 2005, he wrote the historical thriller, Gene. He later wrote three short stories for Doctor Who. His latest novel, Daniel Coldstar: The Relic war,[8][9] the first of a middle grade science fiction series, was published in 2017. The novel was awarded a Junior Library Guild selection for fall 2017. In 2019 the sequel Daniel Coldstar: The Betrayer was published. This also was awarded a Junior Library Guild selection.

Pavlou has also written a few screenplays. His first produced screenplay was for The 51st State (known as Formula 51 in the US), which was released in 2001.[10] The film starred Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle.[11] In the British DVD release, Pavlou did the audio commentary and included a featurette titled, "Who the Hell is Stel Pavlou."[12] He later wrote a draft adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama for Morgan Freeman and David Fincher.

In 2006, Pavlou starred as Kagan in the short film Kochana Cafe,[citation needed] which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Selected works[edit]


  • 2001 Decipher and related website Atlantipedia
  • 2005 Gene
  • 2017 Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War
  • 2019 Daniel Coldstar: The Betrayer

Short stories

Film and other

  • 2002 Screenplay for The 51st State / Formula 51 (including the DVD extra Who the hell is Stel Pavlou?)[citation needed]
  • 2006 Starred as Kagan in Kochana Cafe (short film)[citation needed]
  • 2008 Rendezvous with Rama


  1. ^ "Birthdays today: Scarlett Johansson, 29". The Times. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  2. ^ Pavlou, Stel (9 January 2007). Decipher (Reprint ed.). St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 9780312366964.
  3. ^ Stel Pavlou (2004). Gene. Simon And Schuster. ISBN 9780743208598. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
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  5. ^ Lister, David (15 May 2000). "The man from Threshers, off-licensed to thrill". The Independent. Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  6. ^ DALTON BROWN, SALLY (2015). "What is Nanotechnology, and What Should We be Worried About?". Nanotechnology and Ethical Governance in the European Union and China. pp. 11–41. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-18233-9_2. ISBN 978-3-319-18232-2.
  7. ^ "Atlantipedia". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  8. ^ Pavlou, Stel (7 November 2017). Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062126054.
  9. ^ Pavlou, Stel (7 November 2017). Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War - Stel Pavlou - E-book. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062126078. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  10. ^ SIMPSON, RICHARD (7 November 2001). "Mayfair turns tartan for premiere". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  11. ^ Lister, David (15 May 2000). "The man from Threshers, off-licensed to thrill". The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  12. ^ Haflidason, Almar. "The 51st State DVD (2001) (Review)". BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2017.

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