Simon Ings is an English novelist and science writer living in London. He was born in July 1965 in Horndean and educated at Churcher's College, Petersfield and at King's College London and Birkbeck College, London. Ings has written a number of novels, short prose and articles for national newspapers. He is also arts editor of New Scientist. His non-fiction book The Eye: A Natural History delved into the science of vision exploring the chemistry, physics and biology of the eye. Ings has collaborated with M. John Harrison on short fiction including "The Dead" (1992) and "The Rio Brain". The latter was published as a separate booklet by Night Shade Books and was available only with the limited edition of Harrison's collection Things That Never Happen. He has also collaborated on short fiction with Charles Stross.