Always feels a little weird writing about myself... far less room to make things up!
Okay, I've been a fan of fantasy and science fiction forever and am delighted to now be writing about such things as well as reading about them.
To date I've had some 40 short stories published in a variety of magazines, webzines and anthologies, including two in the science journal Nature
, one in Beneath the Surface 2
, a collection shortlisted for a Bram Stoke Award, and two -- "The Gift of Joy" and "The Assistant" -- shortlisted for Best Short Story in the BSFA Awards (2008 and 2010). Many of these stories are collected in The Gift of Joy
My debut novel, City of Dreams and Nightmare
, was published by Harper Collins' imprint Angry Robot on March 4th 2010 (UK & Australia), August 2010 (USA). http://www.amazon.co.uk/City-Dreams-Nightmare-Ian-Whates/dp/0007345240/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267977869&sr=1-1
I'm currently dividing my time between writing two novel sequences; the 'City of 100 Rows' books are urban fantasy with steampunk overtones, while the 'Noise' series, published by Solaris, are space opera with a twist.
The current publishing schedule for these runs as follows:City of 100 Rows
City of Dreams and Nightmare (March 2010)
City of Hope and Despair (September 2010)
City of Light and Shadow (2011)The Noise Series
The Noise Within (May 2010)
The Noise Revealed (May 2011)
In between writing, I also edit books, including The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories
(co-edited with Ian Watson) for Constable and Robinson, and I edit and publish books (primarily anthologies though I've been branching out lately) via my own small publishing house NewCon Press, which I established in 2006 because of my love of short stories and genre fiction in general.
To date, NewCon Press titles and their contents have won 4 BSFA Awards, 1 BFS Award, have been collected in 'Year's Best' anthologies for SF (edited by Gardner Dozois) and horror (edited by Steve Jones), and gained honourable mentions in 'Years Best' books, plus 4 recommendations from Locus Magazine as among the 'Best of the Year'. Not bad for a sideline!www.ianwhates.com www.newconpress.co.uk