Ian Watson

Ian Watson wrote the screen story for Steven Spielberg’s film A.I. Artificial Intelligence – based on 10 months’ work with Stanley Kubrick – the popular Inquisition War trilogy and Space Marine for Games Workshop, and has produced a further 25 novels and 10 short story collections of SF, fantasy, and horror, as well as a book of poetry, The Lexicographer’s Love Song. Most recently he wrote, with Italian surrealist Roberto Quaglia, The Beloved of My Beloved (NewCon Press), a transgressive volume of tales that may be the only full-length genre fiction from two authors with different mother tongues, and with Ian Whates he co-edited The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories. In the late 1960s he lived in Tokyo, after completing a research degree in English and French literature at Oxford, and subsequently spent some time in Tanzania. Nowadays Watson lives in the north of Spain. www.ianwatson.info 

Anthologies featuring Ian Watson


An anthology of new stories inspired by research at CERN.

Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals

An anthology of specially-commissioned stories exploring thought experiments and their use in science to crack fundamental problems.


British and Polish novelists join screenwriters, poets, computer engineers, and artists, to celebrate and explore Lem’s legacy through short stories and essays.

Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep

Short stories informed by explorations of the science of sleep