Ian R MacLeod


The multi-award winning author of  THE LIGHT AGES, THE HOUSE OF STORMS, THE GREAT WHEEL and a host of short stories and novellas, Ian R. Macleod has become one of the most distinctive and exciting voices in British science fiction – a fact born out by his most recent novel SONG OF TIME (PS Publishing) winning the 2009 Arthur C. Clarke Award

I have that science-fictional point of view. I always wanted to know what the elves were doing in Lothlorien when they weren’t singing. What were the sanitary facilities like? J.R.R. Tolkien was an enormous influence on me. I read him at a very impressionable time, and I’ve reread the books many times since. I started off as a teenager reading adventure books by popular novelists like Nevil Shute and Alistair MacLean, and then my sister’s boyfriend introduced me to John Wyndham and Isaac Asimov, and there seemed to be so much more there. Then I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey, and I was off. The ‘70s were a very good time to be reading SF, because SF was evolving. When I’d enjoyed Asimov, I could move on to Roger Zelazny and Samuel R. Delany and J.G. Ballard and so on. Dangerous Visions came out. Robert Silverberg was really pushing the boundaries with work like Dying Inside and ‘Born With the Dead’. There was this concern about all of the things that interested me, and done in a very stylish and compassionate way. Real people, real settings, and also with Silverberg, this relentless logic. I started reading T.S. Eliot and Shakespeare relatively late in my academic career. Fortunately, they weren’t thrust down my throat when I was 12.

titles



FROST ON GLASS (Anthology)

THE REPARATEUR OF STRASBOURG

THE GREAT WHEEL

The Aether Univers

  1. THE LIGHT AGES
  2. THE HOUSE OF STORMS

BREATHMOSS & OTHER EXHALATIONS

THE SUMMER ISLES

PAST MAGIC

SONG OF TIME

JOURNEYS

HECTOR DOUGLAS MAKES A SALE

WAKE UP AND DREAM

 

covers

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  • FROST ON GLASS
  • THE REPARATEUR OF STRASBOURG
  • THE SUMMER ISLES
  • Aether Universe: THE LIGHT AGES
  • Aether Universe: THE HOUSE OF STORMS
  • SONG OF TIME
  • THE GREAT WHEEL
  • WAKE UP AND DREAM
  • JOURNEYS, BREATHMOSS AND OTHER EXHALATIONS and SNODGRASS AND OTHER ILLUSIONS
  • Audio Editions

translations

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FROST ON GLASS (Anthology)
- PS Publishing (2015)

THE REPARATEUR OF STRASBOURG
- PS Publishing (2013)

THE GREAT WHEEL
- Open Road (eBook, 2013)
- Audible (Audio, 2012)
- Harcourt Brace (1997)

The Aether Universe:
- THE HOUSE OF STORMS - Open Road (eBook, 2013)
- THE LIGHT AGES - Open Road (eBook, 2013)
- THE HOUSE OF STORMS - (Czech, 2009 - Dům bouří)
- THE HOUSE OF STORMS - MAG (Poland, 2008 - Dom Burz)
- THE LIGHT AGES - Denoël (France, 2007 - L'âge des Lumières)
- THE LIGHT AGES - MAG (Poland, 2006 - Wieki Światła)
- THE LIGHT AGES - Solaris ficción (Spain, 2005 - Las edades de la luz)
- THE LIGHT AGES - Klett-Cotta (Germany, 2005 - Aether)
- THE LIGHT AGES - Laser Books (Czech, 2005 - Světlověk)
- THE HOUSE OF STORMS - Ace Books (US, 2005)
- THE HOUSE OF STORMS - Simon & Schuster (UK, 2005)
- THE LIGHT AGES - Ace Books (US, 2003)
- THE LIGHT AGES - Earthlight (UK, 2003)

BREATHMOSS & OTHER EXHALATIONS
- MAG (Poland, 2015)
- Golden Gryphon (2004)
- Golden Gryphon (2003 - Ltd. run, Breathmoss)

THE SUMMER ISLES
- Open Road (eBook, 2013)
- Audible (Audio, 2012)
- Ediciones Cuasar (Spain, 2008 - Las Islas del Verano)
- Hayakawa (Japan, 2008 - 夏の涯ての島)
- Gallimard (France, 2005 - Les Iles du Soleil)
- Aio (2005)

PAST MAGIC
- PS Publishing (2006)

SONG OF TIME
- Open Road (eBook, 2013)
- MAG (Poland, TBC - Song of Time & Other Stories)
- Audible (Audio, 2010)
- PS Publishing (2008)

JOURNEYS
- MAG (Poland, TBC - Song of Time & Other Stories)
- Subterranean Press (2010)

HECTOR DOUGLAS MAKES A SALE
- PS Publishing (2011)

WAKE UP AND DREAM
- MAG (Poland, 2015)
- Open Road (eBook, 2013)
- Audible (Audio, 2011)
- PS Publishing (2011)

reviews

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      ‘A serious, thoughtful work of futuristic fiction, this haunting novel is a bridge between Huxley’s Brave New World and Frank Herbert’s Dune.’  —  Publishers Weekly on THE GREAT WHEEL

      ‘… a thoughtful, sometimes wrenching, noteworthy debut.’  —  Kirkus on THE GREAT WHEEL

      ‘… this beautifully written, complex fantasy novel… With its strong character development and gritty, alternate London, this book won’t attract fans of Robert Jordan or Terry Goodkind, but should hold great appeal to readers who love the more sophisticated fantasy of Michael Swanwick, John Crowley or even China Miéville.’  —  Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on THE LIGHT AGES

      ‘MacLeod’s triumphs come in various ways. First of all is the depth and consistency and physicality of his creation. The 300-year-old world of aetherish England is palpably real, encrusted with hoary traditions, ancient legends (the tale of a redeemer figure known as Goldenwhite is particularly significant, for Anna’s career will parallel Goldenwhite’s) and odd customs. Yet strange and beautiful and resonant as all these counterfactual adornments are, they are perfectly balanced by the things in common with our world: social climbing, Oedipal longings, the allure of the big city for the rural youth. In other words, MacLeod has succeed in fusing Great Expectations (1861) or Look Homeward, Angel (1929) with Peake’s exoticism, producing a book that is at once real literature and real fantasy, betraying neither tradition.’  —  SciFi.com on THE LIGHT AGES

      ‘… Ian R MacLeod, a seasoned, gritty writer with a great depth of knowledge and understanding, who could teach us all a thing or two about writing a damn good tale… characters are well developed and interesting and, more importantly, highly believable and real. To me it was JG Ballard meets Robert Fripp. Intelligent and yet not pretentious, well written but not academic… It is a plot that is like a journey on British Rail – fraught with perils and dangers, but eventually getting you there… The House of Storms will not win prizes because no prize could do it justice… It is a monumental work of science fiction far superior to Asimov. MacLeod is set to become a writer of the magnitude of Dickens or Tolkien, yet I fear his work will not be truly appreciated for a generation to come.’  —  Guardian on THE HOUSE OF STORMS

      ‘Ian MacLeod writes like an angel. It’s as simple as that. He strings together ideally chosen words into sentences that are variously lush, sparse, subtle, bold, joyous, mournful, comic or tragic. These sentences mount into perfectly balanced paragraphs, which in turn assemble themselves into poised and dramatically organic chapters. The reader is carried along effortlessly on the flow of MacLeod’s prose, internalizing his vision as if in a dream.’ —  SciFi.com on THE HOUSE OF STORMS

      ‘MacLeod’s quiet, meditative novels and stories have been winning critical acclaim for years, and Song of Time sees him at the height of his powers. At the end of a long and eventful life, celebrated violinist Roushana Maitland orders her memories before she passes from the world of the flesh to a virtual afterlife. When she finds a mysterious stranger washed up on the beach of her Cornish retreat, he facilitates the process of remembrance. In flashback chapters we follow Roushana’s turbulent life through the cataclysmic events of the 21st century, taking in the deaths of loved ones, marriage to a conductor-entrepreneur, and a final heartbreaking revelation, SONG OF TIME is a slow, sensitive first-person account of what it means to be human and vulnerable, and confirms MacLeod as one of the country’s very best literary SF writers.’  —  Guardian

      ‘MacLeod’s stately, magisterial grace and richly textured prose may prove too much for readers looking for a quick fix, but the patient will be rewarded.’  —  Publishers Weekly on JOURNEYS

      ‘It’s 1940 and Hollywood is dominated by the feelies, movies that use the mysterious Bechmeir Field to transmit emotions into the minds of viewers. Clark Gable, a movie star turned private detective, is hired by April Lamotte to briefly impersonate her reclusive screenwriter husband, who’s about to sell a biopic based on the inventor of the Bechmeir Field. After everything is signed, someone tries to kill Gable and pass it off as suicide. Gable’s investigation into the incident draws him into a sordid conspiracy involving Hollywood’s elite, far too many of whom are turning up dead. It all leads back to something called Thrasis, and a secret worth killing for. MacLeod (Journeys) expertly hits all the hard-boiled beats, delivering the creepy, fascinating, strange, and wholly enjoyable story with a noir melancholy, a keen eye for detail, and plenty of snappy dialogue.’  —  Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on WAKE UP AND DREAMING

      ‘Set in an antisemitic US drifting towards collusion with Nazi Germany, Wake Up and Dream slowly picks at the artifice of Hollywood to reveal its morally rotten core. MacLeod won the Arthur C Clarke award in 2009, and on the strength of this novel should do so again.’  —  Guardian on WAKE UP AND DREAMING