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New Science Fiction & Fantasy INTERZONE ISSUE 283 OUT NOW!

Interzone Author's Story on TV

25th Apr, 2013

Author: Roy Gray

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Ian R. MacLeod's first published SF story, Through, appeared in Interzone #30, (Jul/Aug 1989) so we can probably claim him as an Interzone discovery, albeit in David Pringle's era. He went on to have 5 more stories in IZ ending with Isabel of the Fall, #169, (Jul 01)

In between came another 4; Well-Loved #34, Mar/Apr 90, Past Magic #39, Sep 90, The Family Football #53, Nov 91, Returning #64, Oct 92

In 1990 he made his first appearance in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, (Mid-December 1990) and has followed that up with appearances in many short story magazines, collections and best of year compilations. By 1997 his first novel was published The Great Wheel which won the 1998 Locus Poll Award as Best First Novel.

Since then Ian has been nominated/shortlisted for many awards and won in:

1998  Sidewise Award  The Summer Isles               Best Short Form Alternate History

1999  World Fantasy Award The Summer Isles      Best Novella

2000  World Fantasy Award The Chop Girl           Best Short Fiction

2005  Sidewise Award The Summer Isles                Best Long Form Alternate History

2009  Arthur C. Clarke Award  Song of Time

2011   Sidewise Award Wake Up and Dream          Best Long Form Alternate History

Since The Great Wheel Ian has published 4 novels in his 'Aether Universe' including The Light Ages (2003) 3 more stand alone novels including The Summer Isles (2005) 5 collections with Snodgrass and Other Illusions: The Best Short Stories of Ian R. MacLeod as his latest, and this one has its lead story Snodgrass adapted for the screen to air on Sky TV in the UK April 25th, as I compose this. Its alternate history tells the story of a John Lennon who quit the Beatles and ends up living on government assistance. When the band plays a gig down the street, suddenly there is a chance to make things right. It is late to tell you but these shows are well repeated and a quick search shows Fri 26th (12:30am,), Sat 27th (10pm,) and Mon 29th (11pm, all Sky Arts 1)

Snodgrass was first published, in 1992, in the Paul McAuley & Kim Newman edited collection, In Dreams.

Snodgrass anchors Ian's best of collection and is accompanied by The Chop Girl, inspired by the infamous Dresden bombing raids; Past Magic, a futuristic account of parents cloning their children who have passed away; New Light on the Drake Equation, inspired by a man's journey as he searches for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence; and seven more stories that showcase MacLeod¹s breadth as a writer.

TV details

Stills from the film production for SkyTV

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Ian R. MacLeod on how music inspires him

Amazon E Book to 'Look Inside'.



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