Whates, Ian

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(1959-    ) UK anthologist, publisher and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Flesh and Metal" as by I G Whates in Dream Magazine for March 1987; much of his best short fiction has been assembled as The Gift of Joy (coll 2009) and Growing Pains (coll 2013). The City of a Hundred Rows sequence, beginning with City of Dreams & Nightmare (2010), is Urban Fantasy set in a City so intricately tiered into a mountain that it could be thought of as an Edifice [for City in a fantasy context, and for Edifice and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The adventures of the protagonist in the first volume, as he ascends the city tiers from Underground darkness, and tumbles down again, usefully map the edificial complexities of his world, in which elements of Magic intermix with Steampunk machinery; his excursions into the outer world in later volumes complexify the plot without much intensifying the strong vision of the Hundred Rows where all humanity, in this far distant era, cohabits. The Noise sequence comprising The Noise Within (2010) and The Noise Revealed (2011) is a Space Opera whose first volume revolves around the mystery of the eponymous AI-inhabited Starship which, decades after its disappearance from Earth space, has apparently turned to piracy; the protagonist, who has discovered the Alien civilization that has inspired the ship, is soon killed and in volume two influences the remaining action after being uploaded into the Virtual Reality world. The underlying dialogue between flesh and "Virtuality" is conducted hastily. In his work to date, Whates has demonstrated a genuine and comfortable competence with the genres of the fantastic, though without showing much interest in testing the limits of this competence.

He has also released a number of Anthologies, beginning with Time Pieces: Eight Stories of Speculation and Imagination (anth 2006), most of them released through NewCon Press (see Small Presses and Limited Editions), he founded in 2006. These anthologies, most of them restricted to original material, have become an important conduit for British sf (in particular) in the new century. [JC]

see also: British Science Fiction Association.

Ian George Whates

born Essex: 26 September 1959

died

works

series

City of a Hundred Rows

Noise

Dark Angels

  • Pelquin's Comet (Alconbury Weston, Cambridgeshire: NewCon Press, 2015) [Dark Angels: hb/Jim Burns]

The Human Legion

  • Human Empire (no place given: Human Legion Publications, 2015) with Tim C Taylor [The Human Legion: pb/]

collections

  • The Gift of Joy (Alconbury Weston, Cambridgeshire: NewCon Press, 2009) [coll: hb/Vincent Chong]
  • Growing Pains (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2013) [coll: hb/Tomislav Tikulin]

works as editor

series

Solaris Rising

Legends

individual titles as editor

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