Ian Neil 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), Brasyl, River of Gods and The Dervish House (both of which won Hugo and BSFA Awards), the graphic novel Kling Klang Klatch and many more. His most recent publications are Planesrunner, Be My Enemy and Empress of the Sun from the Everness series for younger readers (though older readers will find them a ball of fun, as well).
His latest novels are set on the Moon and are part of series called Luna (of which we published a spin off story: “The Fifth Dragon“). He also published with Future Fiction one of his most successful stories of the collection: An eligible boy
Ian worked in television development for sixteen years, but is glad to be back to writing fulltime.