Ian  S.  Bott

Writer and artist

Welcome to my worlds!

I write science fiction, some near future and Earthbound, some far future where Earth is no longer even a memory. There are worlds and space ships, technology and gadgets, but my stories are very much about the people that bring those worlds to life.

I love stories that immerse me in other worlds as if I lived there. I love complex, larger-than-life characters who are credibly driven by their own inner logic - heroes and heroines in their own stories. Even the bad guys. And I love the everyday influence of far-out technology. Not gizmos to be set on a pedestal and geeked over, but tools to be used, part of the furniture, taken for granted like computers and cell phones today.

Join me, and feel what it's like to live the future...


>> Visit the art gallery

There's some background to my art, and each painting has a brief description of what was going on in my mind at the time ... or not.

Behind the scenes...

Facts, trivia, and some of the research that went into Tiamat's Nest.

>> Visit Tiamat's world
Worldbuilding notes, facts and trivia from Ghosts of Innocence.

>> Visit Shayla's world

If you live in the Victoria (BC) region...

I have paperbacks available for direct sale (avoiding the shipping charges added by most online stores).

I am also happy to give talks and readings. I have talks prepared on The Critique Survival Guide, A Writer's Visual Toolkit, and Unblocking Writer's Block.

Please contact me through the message form on the Contact page.


March 2018

Editing and cover art for Ashes is complete, and I have draft PDFs back from the book designer to proof read. Publication is getting close!

December 2017
After finishing a major round of editing, with more editing still to come, I've worked on the cover art for Ashes. See The Workshop for the evolution of the artwork.
October 2017
The Ashes of Home is winding up the critiquing phase and is now into full-on editing. Planning for release early in 2018.
May 2017
Tiamat's Nest is one of the books featured in this year's Emerging Local Authors program, by the Greater Victoria Public Library.
April 2017
The Ashes of Home is working its way through the critiquing mill. This is a long and detailed process, I expect this to take into the summer to complete, but feedback so far is very positive.

Meanwhile, I gave another talk at the Sidney library on unblocking writer's block.
Archive - 2016
Published The Critique Survival Guide in ebook form.

Completed a first draft of The Ashes of Home, a sequel to Ghosts of Innocence.
Archive - 2015
Published Tiamat's Nest.
Gave a talk entitled A Writer's Visual Toolkit at the Sidney library.
Archive - 2014
Published Ghosts of Innocence.
Gave a talk entitled The Critique Survival Guide at the Sidney library.
Even amongst friends a detailed critique can be hard to take, but blunt and honest critiques are a necessary growth pain for any writer. Venturing into the anonymous jungle of online critique groups in search of tough love is both terrifying and exponentially rewarding. The Critique Survival Guide shares practical tips for surviving - and thriving on - the harshest of critiquing experiences.
The virtual world comes alive and reaches out into the real world with deadly results. University professor and devout technophobe, Charles Hawthorne, confronts technology full on to end the hidden threat to humanity.
Master assassin Shayla Carver has killed many times. That's what assassins do, nothing to lose sleep over, but this mission is different.

She's never killed a whole planet before.