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, and A Writer's Visual Toolkit.

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


December 2016
I've gone through several rounds of editing The Ashes of Home and am now putting it out for critique and beta reading.
September 2016
The first draft of The Ashes of Home is now complete. Starting on editing and revising.
August 2016
The first draft of The Ashes of Home passed 90k words ahead of schedule. Still a little way to go, bringing things to a close and filling in some gaps. I expect it to finish at about 110k. We'll see :)
June 2016
Reached 65k words in The Ashes of Home. Hitting a few sticky patches recently, figuring out how to wrap things up, but still going strong.
March 2016
I am hard at work drafting The Ashes of Home, a sequel to Ghosts of Innocence.

With family and a day job, time for writing is limited so, like with previous novels, I set a modest target of between 400 and 500 words a day. Not much, but it will get you a novel in a few months if you keep at it.
January 2016
The Critique Survival Guide is now available in e-book form.
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.