Ian Whates

Ian Whates is a director of both the Science-Fiction Writers Association and the British Science-Fiction Association. He is also the proprietor and editor of NewCon Press. He has written two novels and edited four anthologies for Solaris.

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The Noise Revealed

Released 12 May 2011

By Ian Whates

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When mankind made 'first contact' with the Byrzaens, the age old question of whether we are alone in the universe was finally answered …

But black ops specialist Jim Leyton and scientist-cum-business-mogul-turned-AI Philip Kaufman both begin to suspect that this profound moment in human history is not what it seems – as they find themselves pitted against the vested interests of human and alien, in both the real world and in the realm known as Virtuality.

In the follow up to his acclaimed novel The Noise Within, Ian Whates cements his position as a major new voice in science-fiction with a thrilling tale of deadly games played for high stakes amid vast conspiracies.

In a world of posthumans, powerful AIs, virtual worlds and faster-than-light travel, there is little left that can truly challenge humanity’s grip on their world... except the discovery of alien life. Billionaire industrialist Philip Kaufman and top government black-ops agent Jim Leyton have their lives turned upside-down by the mysterious pirate vessel The Noise Within, which seems to be able to do the impossible: to travel between the stars without the wormholes that the ULAW’s own ships require. Hunted and betrayed, the two men eventually make the discovery that will change the human race forever, and make first contact with intelligent life from another world.

The Noise Within established Ian Whates as a talent to be reckoned with, blending hard SF and high-octane space opera in an explosive mix reminiscent of Alastair Reynolds or Iain M. Banks at their best. A thrilling  and original setting of life-changing technology and murderous intrigue, the United League of Allied Worlds is a place you’ll want to come back to.

 “The Noise Within is an A+ for me ... I expect it to develop to be among the best space opera series around.”
-Fantasy Book Critic

“Unreasonably enjoyable. 24 meets Starship Troopers.If you read Reynolds, Hamilton, Banks – read this.”
– Stephen Baxter on The Noise Within

UK: 9781907519536 | 12 May 2011
US: 9781907519543 | 12 May 2011



The Noise Within

Released 27 April 2010

By Ian Whates

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On the brink of perfecting the long sought-after human/AI interface, Philip Kaufman finds his world thrown into turmoil as a scandal from the past returns to haunt him!

On the brink of perfecting the long sought-after human/AI interface, Philip Kaufman finds his world thrown into turmoil as a scandal from the past returns to haunt him and dangerous information falls into his hands.

Pursued by assassins and attacked in his own home, he flees. Leyton, a government black-ops specialist, is diverted from his usual duties to hunt down the elusive pirate vessel The Noise Within, wondering all the while why this particular freebooter is considered so important. Two lives collide in this stunning space-opera from debut novelist Ian Whates!

UK: 9781906735654 | 27th April 2010
US: 9781906735647 | 13th May 2010


Solaris Rising

Released 25 October 2011

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates

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Looking for science fiction of the highest order? Solaris Rising is the first in an exciting new series of anthologies set to reaffirm Solaris’s proud reputation for producing high quality science fiction.

In a book full of boundless variety, energy and imagination, award-winning editor Ian Whates gathers the most accomplished writers in the genre including Ian McDonald, Paul di Filippo, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Pat Cadigan, Eric Brown, Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton.

From the imprint that brought you The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction series, Solaris Rising promises bizarre futures, gritty other worlds and strange realms, exemplifying the diversity and innovation that continue to make science fiction the most thrilling genre there is.

 “A cliché it may be, but there really is something for everyone here... an ideal bait to tempt those who only read novels to climb over the short fiction fence.”
Interzone on The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Vol. 2

UK: 9781907992087 | 1st November 2011
US: 9781907992094 | 25th October 2011


Solaris Rising 1.5

Released 17 July 2012

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates


Following the enormous success of the critically-acclaimed Solaris Rising, Solaris are proud to announce they've commissioned a follow-up, Solaris Rising 2, due out in Spring 2013.

But you can't wait that long, and we honestly can't blame you! To that end, we present Solaris Rising 1.5, a short anthology of nine short stories from some of the most exciting names in science fiction today.

From both sides of the pond - and further afield - these nine great writers offer you everything from a mystery about the nature of the universe to an inexplicable transmission to everyone on Earth, and from engineered giant spiders to Venetian palaces in space.

So settle in, and enjoy yet more proof of the extraordinary breadth and depth of contemporary SF.


Solaris Rising 2

Released 26 March 2013

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates


Featuring new short stories from top names in the genre, Solaris Rising 2 is the latest galaxy-spanning collection of science-fiction from the leader in SF anthologies.

Showcasing the finest new science fiction from both celebrated authors and the most exciting of emerging writers, it follows in the footsteps of the critically-acclaimed first volume, editor Ian Whates has once again gathered together a plethora of thrilling and daring talent.

From unexplored frontiers to common themes of the genre – alien worlds, time travel, artificial intelligence – this is science-fiction made entirely new in the telling. Paul Cornell, Nancy Kress, James Lovegrove, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Nick Harkaway, Allen Steele, Kay Kenyon, Norman Spinrad and many more prove once again why SF continues to be the most innovative, satisfying, and downright exciting genre of all.

The SF short story is a groundbreaking tradition that has brought us some of the greatest science-fiction writers in the world. Solaris continues this tradition with Solaris Rising, its series of SF collections featuring both new and established voices in the modern genre.

 Bizarre futures, gritty other worlds and strange realms, Solaris Rising exemplifies the diversity and innovation that continue to make science fiction the most thrilling genre there is.

“One of the best SF anthologies published this year… there’s almost nothing here that isn’t good or outstanding”
-Locus on Solaris Rising

UK: 9781781080870 | 11th April 2013
US: 9781781080887 | 26th March 2013 


Solaris Rising 3

Released 26 August 2014

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates


Solaris Rising 3 pushes the boundaries of current SF publishing and hammers home, story after story,  Whates’ mission statement to prove that SF is the most exciting and inspiring of all the fiction genres; offering the poignant reflection of humanity – often funny, often dark and always surprising – that sits at the heart of all great fiction writing, and stretching it across time and space.

With contributions from Ken Liu, Rachel Swirsky, Gareth L. Powell, Aliette de Bodard, Tony Ballantyne and many, many more, Solaris Rising 3 is a diverse collection of ground-breaking stories that will be essential reading for SF fans everywhere.

Described by as “the UK’s finest editor of Science Fiction,” Whates has gathered together some of the best known names and most thrilling emerging talents in SF to contribute to this latest bumper anthology release in Solaris Book’s stellar year of anthology publishing.

Featuring stories from:
Adam Roberts // Alex Dally MacFarlane // Aliette de Bodard // Benjamin Rosenbaum // Benjanun Sriduangkaew // Cat Sparks // Chris Beckett // Gareth L. Powell // George Zebrowski // Ian R. MacLeod & Martin Sketchley // Ian Watson // Julie E. Czerneda // Ken Liu // Laura Lam // Nina Allan// Rachel Swirsky // Sean Williams // Tony Ballantyne

'The literary equivalent of a well-presented buffet of tasty snacks, this latest science fiction anthology from Solaris serves up an intriguing mix of 19 short tales from some of the best SF writers at work today.’

'This anthology of new short stories is essential reading.'
-BBC Focus magazine

UK: 9781781082089 | 11th September 2014 
US: 9781781082096 | 26th August 2014