The Complete and thorough bio-bibliography of the SFWUK member writers
As a child, Ian read every single book she could find. The chapters she repeatedly read the most in the science book series on the first shelf of her bookcase were: dinosaurs, space, insects, plants, animals and humans, in order of preference.
Ian’s first job was teaching writing. Then she worked as a copy editor, proofreading books, research papers, columns and so forth, living with a variety of sentences for some time. Then she changed directions and entered the art world. She was fascinated by Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto while preparing commentary to a kinetic art exhibition, which eventually expanded her scope of interest and led her to science fiction.
In 2022, Ian’s novel I Opened My Eyes in a Grave(눈을 뜬 곳은 무덤이었다) won the Grand Prize in the SF Novel Award hosted by Korean Science and Technology Publication Association. The jury commented that Ian “traps the readers to read every sentence and even between.” Ian imagines a cosmos where things that are discarded, newly-born, extinct and cannot be clearly categorized co-exist like anagrams; she creates metaphors of such cosmos and dreams of assembling a world that is kind and warm towards these things.
Ian is most happy when she finds a sentence that just ‘clicks’ when she reads out loud. She is looking for an adequate Korean expression that means “the mysterious phenomenon where one can easily find typos and grammatical mistakes in other people’s writings but cannot see any in one’s own.”
Bio-bibliography written by Ian Min, translated by Bora Chung.
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