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Ian Watson

UK (1943 - )

Ian Watson's many novels have won innumerable prizes and awards, starting with the John W. Campbell Award and the French Prix Apollo for his first novel The Embedding. His latest, Mockymen, will be published by Golden Gryphon Press in 2003, and he has also written enough short fiction to fill eight collections. He lives in the heart of rural England with a cat.
 
Series contributed to
InquisitorHarlequinChaos Child: Inquisition War, book 3The Inquisition War
 
Space Marine
 
The Mammoth Book of Alternate HistoriesThe Mammoth Book of SF Wars
 
Anthologies edited
Pictures at an ExhibitionChangesAfterlivesShoes, Ships and Cadavers: Tales from North Londonshire
 
Anthologies containing stories by Ian Watson
New Worlds 7New Writings in SF 25New Writings in SF 30Anticipations
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 8After the FallUniverseX 11The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever
Universe 13The Nebula Awards 19The Best Science Fiction of the Year 13Universe 16
AfterlivesTerry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year 15Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 16Gaslight and Ghosts
The Year's Best Fantasy Second Annual CollectionBest New HorrorInside the Funhouse: 17 SF Stories About SFThe Ascent of Wonder
TombsTales in SpaceThe Best of Weird TalesDante's Disciples
CybersexFantasy StoriesSpace StoriesDestination Unknown
New WorldsThe Best of InterzoneCyber-KillersThe Road to Science Fiction 5: The British Way
The Unexplained: Stories of the ParanormalThe Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories
 
Short stories
The Wild Hunt (1966)
The Blood Like Milk (1973)
The Ghosts of Luna (1974)
Our Love So Truly Meridional (1974)
Programmed Love Story (1974)
Sitting on a Starwood Stool (1974)
To the Pump Room with Jane (1975)
The Event Horizon (1976)
The Girl Who Was Art (1976)
Agoraphobia, A.D.2000 (1977)
On Cooking the First Hero in Spring (1977)
The Roentgen Refugees (1977)
Immune Dreams (1978)
My Soul Swims in a Goldfish Bowl (1978)
The Rooms of Paradise (1978)
A Time-Span to Conjure with (1978)
The Very Slow Time Machine [short story] (1978)Hugo (nominee)
Bud (1980)
The World Science Fiction Convention of 2080 (1980)
Jean Sandwich, the Sponsor, and I (1981)
The Mystic Marriage of Salome (1981)
Cruising (1983)
In the Mirror of the Earth (1983)
Slow Birds [short story] (1983)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
The Width of the World (1983)
The Bloomsday Revolution (1984)
The Flesh of Her Hair (1984)
Ghost Lecturer (1984)
Mistress of Cold (1984)
Universe on the Turn (1984)
The Legend of the Seven Who Found the True Egg of Lightning (1985)
The People on the Precipice (1985)
White Socks (1985)
Cold Light (1986)
The Great Atlantic Swimming Race (1986)
When Jesus Comes Down the Chimney (1986)
Jewels in an Angel's Wing (1987)
The Case of the Glass Slipper (1988)
In Her Shoes (1988)
Lost Bodies (1988)
The Eye of the Ayatollah (1990)
Happy Hour (1990)
Lambert Lambert (1990)
Stalin's Teardrops [short story] (1990)
The Odor of Cocktail Cigarettes (1991)
Virtually Lucid Lucy (1992)
Ahead! (1995)
The Amber Room (1995)
Custom-Built Girl (1996)
The Great Escape [short story] (1996)
Tulips from Amsterdam (1996)
The China Cottage (1997)
A Day Without Dad (1997)
When Thought-mail Failed (2000)


Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1974) : The Embedding
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1976) : The Embedding
Hugo Best Short story nominee (1979) : The Very Slow Time Machine [short story]
Hugo nominee (1984) : Slow Birds [short story]
Nebula nominee (1984) : Slow Birds [short story]
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1997) : Oracle


Ian Watson recommends
A Wreath of Stars
A Wreath of Stars (1976)
Bob Shaw
"An exciting, cunningly devised novel... unputdownable, magnificently implausible... one of Shaw's most entertaining novels."
Blood and Grit
Blood and Grit (1990)
Simon Clark
"Cruelly brilliant and destabilizing."
The Crow Maiden
The Crow Maiden (2001)
Sarah Singleton
"A brilliant novel, powerful, sensuous, earthy, and often quite luminously magical. The story makes sense, the characters are well drawn and sympathetic (including their faults) and the pacing is about right because readers will wish to revel--descriptions have a wonderful richness and precision of language and there are many brilliant scenes."



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