Ken MacLeod was born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland and lives in West Lothian. He has Honours and Masters degrees in biological subjects and worked in IT. He is the author of sixteen novels, from The Star Fraction (1995) to The Corporation Wars: Insurgence (Orbit, 2016) as well as many articles and short stories. His novels and stories have received three BSFA awards and three Prometheus Awards, and several have been short-listed for the Clarke and Hugo Awards. His blog is The Early Days of a Better Nation, and he can be found on Twitter at @amendlocke.