Ian McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England by an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis's childhood home but has since moved into central Belfast where he now lives, exploring interests like cats, contemplative religion, bonsai, bicycles and comic collecting.
He debuted 1982 with the short story "The Island of the Dead" in the short-lived British magazine Extro. His first novel, Desolation Road, was published in 1988.
In 2000, Ian joined a Belfast production company, Extreme Productions, as a
Network Development Researcher. This basically means coming up with
lots of ideas.
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