Born in England in 1943, Ian Watson graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1963 with a first class Honours degree in English Literature, followed in 1965 by a research degree in English and French 19th Century literature. After lecturing in literature at universities in Tanzania and Tokyo, and in Futures Studies (including Science Fiction) in Birmingham, England, he became a full-time writer in 1976 following the success of his first novel, The Embedding (1973) which won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and in France the Prix Apollo, and The Jonah Kit (1975) which won the British Science Fiction Association Award and the Orbit Award.
Numerous novels of SF, Fantasy, and Horror followed, and many story collections. His stories have been finalists for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and widely anthologised. His novels have been translated into 14 languages. From 1990 to 1991 he worked full-time with Stanley Kubrick on story development for the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence, finally directed by Steven Spielberg, for which he has screen credit for Screen Story. His memoirs of working with Stanley Kubrick appeared in Playboy in August 1999. In 2001 DNA Publications issued his first chapbook of poetry, The Lexicographer's Love Song, and in Spring 2002 Golden Gryphon Press published his ninth story collection, entitled The Great Escape, chosen by the Washington Post as a book of the year. In 2003 Golden Gryphon Press published his newest SF novel, Mockymen. Immanion Press issued a slightly revised edition of Mockymen in 2004. Ian's newest story collection will be The Butterflies of Memory, from PS Publishing in June 2006.
He lives in a small rural village in Northamptonshire 60 miles north of London with a little black cat.