Ian R. MacLeod

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Not to be confused with Iain Macleod, the British politician.

Ian R. MacLeod (born 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy writer.

He was born in Solihull near Birmingham. He studied law and worked as a civil servant before going freelance in early 1990s soon after he started publishing stories, attracting critical praise and awards nominations.

Writings[edit]

He is the author of seven novels including The Light Ages and The House of Storms, which are set in an alternate universe nineteenth century England, where aether, a substance that can be controlled by the mind, has ossified English society into guilds and has retarded technological progress. His other novels and short stories feature a mixture of fantastic, historical, and futuristic elements, combined with a concern for character and vividly descriptive writing. His novel Song of Time, told from a viewpoint of a classical violinist and set in the near future, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Year's Best SF Novel,[1] and his novel Wake up and Dream, set in an alternative 1940s Los Angeles, won Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History.[2]

MacLeod's novella "The Summer Isles" (Asimov's Science Fiction October/November 1998) won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, Short Form and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.[3] It is an alternate history where Britain, having been defeated in the World War I, develops its own form of fascism in 1930s. The narrator is a closeted homosexual Oxford historian who had known the leader in youth. It was written as a novel, which however could not sell; MacLeod published the cut version, with the full-length version only being published in a limited edition in 2005. This novel version also won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, Long Form, thus becoming the only story to win the same award twice in two differing formats, novel and novella.

MacLeod won the World Fantasy Award again in for his 2000 novelette "The Chop Girl".[3] His shorter fiction has been collected in Voyages by Starlight, Breathmoss and Other Exhalations, Past Magic, Journeys, and the Frost on Glass.

MacLeod was Guest of Honour at the 38th Novacon, held in November 2008.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short story collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flood, Alison (2009-04-30). "Arthur C Clarke award goes to Ian R MacLeod's Song of Time". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  2. ^ Brown, Eric (2011-10-07). "Science fiction roundup - reviews". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

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