Simon Ings is a novelist, critic, and writer of non-fiction. He wrote science fiction novels in his twenties before widening brief to explore perception (The Eye), 20th-century radical politics (The Weight of Numbers), the shipping system (Dead Water) and augmented reality (Wolves). He co-founded and edited Arc magazine, a digital publication about art, design and technology, before joining New Scientist magazine as its arts editor.
Simon's latest non-fiction, Stalin and the Scientists (Faber, 2016) was longlisted for the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize. The Smoke, his most recent novel, was published by Gollancz in 2018. A big reprint anthology, We Robots, for Head of Zeus, is to be published towards the end of 2020. He contributes to the FT, Times, Telegraph and the Spectator while writing a book about writers and political power and planning his next novel sequence.