We are happy to announce our Writer Guest of Honor for Norwescon 40: Ian McDonald!

Ian McDonald is a science fiction writer from Northern Ireland. He lives just outside Belfast with Enid and three cats, with eleven legs between them. He has thirty-five different kinds of gin––the fruits of research for the Luna series. Speaking of which, his most recent novel is the second in the Luna series: Wolf Moon (Tor, 2017). The third part of this future history of the Moon, Moon Rising, is in progress.

His first novel, Desolation Road, came out in 1988. Other well-known works include the Hugo-nominated River of Gods, Brasyl, and The Dervish House. He won a Hugo Award in 2007 for the novelette The Djinn’s Wife, available in the collection Cyberabad Days.

He’s been nominated for almost every major award in the genre, and even won a few. 

Ian worked for sixteen years in television program development (‘Development Hell’) in everything from documentary to factual to animation to children’s TV, where he learned how to write a proposal and how to pitch.

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