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Genomics Forum · People

Mr. Ken MacLeod

Writer in Residence


0131 651 4747




St John's Land, Holyrood Road, University of Edinburgh EH8 8AQ


Ken MacLeod is an award winning science fiction writer of international repute.

Born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland in 1954, Ken became a full time writer in 1997 following an Honours degree in Zoologgy, a Masters thesis on biomechanics, and a decade spent working in the IT industry.

Together with many fiction and non-fiction articles and short stories, Ken is the author of thirteen novels, from The Star Fraction (1995) to Intrusion (forthcoming, 2012).

His novels often explore socialist, communist and anarchist political ideas and encompass themes such as divergent human cultural evolution. He is the recipient of three British Science Fiction Awards and three Prometheus Awards, and several of his publications have been short-listed for the Clarke and Hugo Awards. 

In February 2009 Ken was appointed as Writer in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum. This year long residency, shared with Pippa Goldschmidt, involved working with the forum on some exciting projects aimed at connecting the area of genomics to a wider audience.

Read more at Writer in Residence 2009 - 2010

Ken remains affiliated to the Genomics Forum - recently providing reports from the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011 for Genotype

Ken MacLeod's blog The Early Days of a Better Nation