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Ian Watson was born in North Shields in 1943, and twenty years later escaped our educational system with a degree in English from Balliol, Oxford. Subsequently he lectured on English in Tanzania (1965-7), meeting his most terrifying challenge teaching Future Studies at Birmingham Polytechnic (1970-6). Since then he's been a full-time author, though his career began in 1969 when his short SF story "Roof Garden Under Saturn" was published in New Worlds and his educational book Japan: A Cat's Eye View in Osaka. Fame and power came with his first SF novel The Embedding (1973), a runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and Nebula finalist. Its French translation L'Enchassement won the 1975 Prix Apollo. Then came The Jonah Kit (1975), whose paperback won the 1978 British SF Association (BSFA) award; The Woman Factory, a collaboration with his wife Judy though not their daughter Jessica (published only in French translation as Orgasmachine, 1976 -- but see below!); The Martian Inca and Alien Embassy (1977); Miracle Visitors (1978); The Very Slow Time Machine (1979) -- the title story of this, his only collection to date, reached the final Hugo ballot; God's World (1978); The Gardens of Delight (1980); and Under Heaven's Bridge, with Michael Bishop (1981). His latest novel is Deathhunter (Gollancz, 1981). Also there are two Watson-edited SF anthologies: Pictures at an Exhibition (Greystoke Mobray, 1981) and -- co-edited with Michael Bishop -- Changes (1982).

Ian Watson was British Guest of Honour at the 1981 British National SF convention (where his short "The World SF Convention of 2080" was a runner-up for the BSFA award), and is Features Editor of the respected critical magazine Foundation, British representative of the SF Writers of America, deviser of the forthcoming Channel 4 TV series Mindprobe (to which he's also contributing the first and other scripts), and active in local (Labour) politics. He lives in Moreton Pinkney, Northamptonshire, and talks very fast.

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