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The rise of fantasy blockbusters and of popular science writing by actual scientists now delivers most of the joys that science fiction once aimed for. By embracing time travel, aliens, and the near future, literary fiction is mopping up what's left. So, SF writer Ken MacLeod asks, Is Science Fiction Past its Sell-by Date?
Ken MacLeod was born on the Isle of Lewis and lives in West Lothian. He trained in biological subjects and worked in the IT industry, becoming a full-time writer in 1997. He is the author of fifteen science fiction novels, from The Star Fraction (1995) to The Corporation Wars: Dissidence (Orbit, May 2016). His work has been translated into many languages. His novels and stories have received three BSFA awards and three Prometheus Awards, with several short-listed for the Clarke and Hugo Awards. He is currently working on a space opera trilogy, The Corporation Wars (forthcoming 2016-2017).
In 2009 he was Writer in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at Edinburgh University, and 2013 – 2014 was Writer in Residence at the MA Creative Writing course at Edinburgh Napier University. He is on the Advisory Board of the Edinburgh Science Festival.
Ken has a blog and twitter feed @amendlocke.
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