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Ken MacLeod (born 2 August 1954), is a Scottish science fiction writer.

MacLeod was born in Stornoway He graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in zoology and has worked as a computer programmer and written a masters thesis on biomechanics. His novels often explore socialist, communist and anarchist political ideas, most particularly the variants of Trotskyism (MacLeod was a Trotskyist activist in the 1970s and early 1980s) and anarcho-capitalism or extreme economic libertarianism. Technical themes encompass singularities, divergent human cultural evolution and post-human cyborg-resurrection. MacLeod's general outlook can be best described as techno-utopian socialist, though unlike a majority of techno-utopians, he has expressed great scepticism over the possibility and especially over the desirability of Strong AI.

He is known for his constant in-joking and punning on the intersection between socialist ideologies and computer programming, as well as other fields. For example, his chapter titles such as "Trusted Third Parties" or "Revolutionary Platform" usually have double (or multiple) meanings. A future programmers union is called "International Workers of the World Wide Web", or the Webblies, a reference to the Industrial Workers of the World, who are nicknamed the Wobblies. There are also many references to, or puns on, zoology and palaeontology. For example in The Stone Canal the title of the book, and many places described in it, are named after anatomical features of marine invertebrates such as starfish.

He is part of a new generation of British science fiction writers, who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Stephen Baxter, Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Adam Roberts, Charles Stross, Richard Morgan and Liz Williams.

Macleod is married and has two children. He lives in South Queensferry near Edinburgh.

Human Front
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The Stone Canal
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Star Fraction
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Cassini Division, The | MacLeod, Ken | Signed First Edition Book MacLeod, Ken | Cassini Division, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Cosmonaut Keep | MacLeod, Ken | Signed First Edition Book MacLeod, Ken | Cosmonaut Keep | Signed First Edition Copy

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Dark Light | MacLeod, Ken | Signed First Edition UK Book MacLeod, Ken | Dark Light | Signed First Edition UK Copy

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Human Front, The | MacLeod, Ken | Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Book MacLeod, Ken | Human Front, The | Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Book

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Learning the World | MacLeod, Ken | Signed First Edition Book MacLeod, Ken | Learning the World | Signed First Edition Copy

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Newton's Wake | MacLeod, Ken | First Edition Book MacLeod, Ken | Newton's Wake | First Edition Copy

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Bibliography - Ken MacLeod

Fall Revolution series

  1. The Star Fraction (1995; US paperback) -- Prometheus Award winner, 1996; Clarke Award nominee, 1996
  2. The Stone Canal (1996; US paperback) -- Prometheus Award winner, 1998; BSFA nominee, 1996
  3. The Cassini Division (1998; US paperback) -- BSFA nominee, 1998; Clarke, and Nebula Awards nominee, 1999
  4. The Sky Road (1999; US paperback) BSFA Award winner, 1999; Hugo Award nominee, 2001 represents an 'alternate future' to the second two books, as its events diverge sharply due to a choice made differently by one of the protagonists in the middle of The Stone Canal]

This series is also available in two volumes:

  1. Fractions: The First Half of the Fall Revolution (2009; US)
  2. Divisions: The Second Half of the Fall Revolution (2009; US paperback)

Engines of Light Trilogy

Main article: Engines of Light Trilogy

A series which begins with a first contact story in a speculative mid-21st century where a resurgently socialist USSR (incorporating the European Union) is once again in opposition with the capitalist United States, then diverges into a story told on the other side of the galaxy of Earth-descended colonists trying to establish trade and relations within an interstellar empire of several species who travel from world to world at the speed of light.

  1. Cosmonaut Keep (2000; US paperback) -- Clarke Award nominee, 2001; Hugo Award nominee, 2002
  2. Dark Light (2001; US paperback) -- Campbell Award nominee, 2002
  3. Engine City (2002; US paperback)

Other work

  • Newton's Wake: A Space Opera (2004; US paperback edition) -- BSFA nominee, 2004; Campbell Award nominee, 2005
  • Learning the World: A Novel of First Contact (2005; UK hardback edition) Prometheus Award winner 2006; Hugo, Locus SF, Campbell and Clarke Awards nominee, 2006; BSFA nominee, 2005
  • The Highway Men (2006; UK edition)
  • The Execution Channel (2007; UK hardback edition) -- BSFA Award nominee, 2007; Campbell, and Clarke Awards nominee, 2008
  • The Night Sessions (2008; UK hardback edition ISBN 1841496510 ISBN 978-1841496511) -- Winner Best Novel 2008 BSFA
  • The Restoration Game (2010)

Short fiction

  • The Web Cydonia (1998; UK paperback edition ISBN 1-85881-640-8) Part of the young adult fiction series The Web. Collected in Giant Lizards from Another Star.
  • The Human Front (2002) (Winner of Short-form Sidewise Award for Alternate History 2002) collected in Giant Lizards from Another Star
  • Who's Afraid of Wolf 359? (The New Space Opera, 2007) nominated for Hugo Award for Best Short Story
  • "Ms Found on a Hard Drive" (Glorifying Terrorism, 2007)

Collections

  • Poems & Polemics (2001; Rune Press: Minneapolis, MN) Chapbook of non-fiction and poetry.
  • Giant Lizards From Another Star (2006; US trade hardcover ISBN 1-886778-62-0) Collected fiction and nonfiction.