Books by Ken MacLeod

Ken MacLeod was born in Stornoway, on Isle of Lewis, Scotland, on August 2, 1954. He's been married to his wife Carol since 1981, and has two children, Sharon and Michael. Since graduating zoology at the University of Glasgow, he worked as a computer pro


THE EXECUTION CHANNEL by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2007

"A thrilling, well-crafted spy novel."
In the near future, the war against terror is far from over, and nobody's sure who's fighting whom. Read full book review >
LEARNING THE WORLD by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"The conflicts between and within the two races are handled with an uncommonly sharp alacrity, with weighty philosophical issues addressed in a manner that doesn't hamper narrative flow."
In the distant future, bio-modified human colonists blaze a trail to a new planet, whose inhabitants wonder what that new star in the sky is. Read full book review >
ENGINE CITY by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Rich, inventive, intelligent, and fascinating: so unorthodox is MacLeod that it often seems as if he's pursuing complexity as an end in itself."
Third in MacLeod's Engines of Light series (Dark Light, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STAR FRACTION by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Still, fans of MacLeod's other work won't pass this one up."
Scottish author MacLeod's first published novel finally appears in the US, completing the trilogy—in reverse order—of The Cassini Division (1999) and The Stone Canal (2000). Read full book review >
COSMONAUT KEEP by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Distinctive, politically challenging, both tantalizing and satisfying—and bulging with implications that merit, and will doubtless receive, further exploration."
Another of Edinburgh resident MacLeod's idiosyncratically distinctive futures (The Sky Road, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
DARK LIGHT by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Further remarkable developments in a far-future, multispecies environment, with often fascinating analyses of human and alien motivations—though, overall, a little too relentlessly political to suit all tastes."
Direct sequel to Cosmonaut Keep (p. 466), the opener for MacLeod's new Engines of Light series. Read full book review >
THE SKY ROAD by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"MacLeod's quietly and steadily setting forth a remarkable future history: this entry's politically still on the heavy side, but fascinatingly and refreshingly different."
Another in MacLeod's future series, this one a sort of prequel to The Stone Canal (Jan. 2000) with at least one character in common. Read full book review >
THE STONE CANAL by Ken MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Another wonderfully knotty, inventive, intelligent yarn, if top-heavy with political minutiae that even dyed-in-the-wool Anglophiles will have a hard time deciphering."
It's understandable that Tor chose to make The Cassini Division, this Scottish writer's splendidly direct, uncluttered, and action-packed third novel, into MacLeod's 1999 US debut (p. 840); but it's also annoying—inasmuch as The Stone Canal (his second novel, UK publication 1996) is a direct precursor. Read full book review >