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Ian McDonald
Ian McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis’s childhood home but has since moved to central Belfast, where he now lives,... show more



Ian McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis’s childhood home but has since moved to central Belfast, where he now lives, exploring interests like cats, contemplative religion, bonsai, bicycles, and comic-book collecting. He debuted in 1982 with the short story “The Island of the Dead” in the short-lived British magazine Extro. His first novel, Desolation Road, was published in 1988. Other works include King of Morning, Queen of Day (winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), River of Gods, The Dervish House (both of which won British Science Fiction Association Awards), the graphic novel Kling Klang Klatch, and many more. His most recent publications are Planesrunner and Be My Enemy, books one and two of the Everness series for younger readers (though older readers will find them a ball of fun, as well). Ian worked in television development for sixteen years, but is glad to be back to writing fulltime.

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Birth date: March 31, 1960
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Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 2 years ago
The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the...
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Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 3 years ago
For the first time ever, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has assembled the best science fiction and the best fantasy stories of the year in one volume. More than just two books for the price of one, this book brings together over 200,000 words of the best genre fiction anywhere. Strahan's crit...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it 3 years ago
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]I'm definitely not a fan of present tense 3rd person narration, so it took me a while to finally get to this book. However, once I was immersed into the story, its plot unfurled and flew by quite fast, keeping me in...
Tannat
Tannat rated it 3 years ago
I really, really wanted to abandon this book. There just isn't anything interesting about it. It's too short to break up into six different perspectives that change every few pages, and I didn't care what happened to ANY of the characters. I'm not even classifying it as science fiction. Mainly b...
The Professor
The Professor rated it 3 years ago
Bit of a slog, this. A good example of “great concept, shame about the story”. Takes its sweet time getting going too. Not interested in Lucasinho’s partying habits, Ariel’s sex room, Adriana’s pretty easy ascent to power. Zero humour, too. This has been described (by its author) as “Game Of Thrones...
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