IAN LI

writer | poet | economist | developer

About

Ian Li in a blazer, laughing at a social event

Ian Li is a Chinese-Canadian author of speculative fiction and poetry, who started writing in late 2023 after a lifetime of believing he could never be creative. Find his writing in Orion’s Belt, Worlds of Possibility, Abyss & Apex, and many other publications.

He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in Operations Research & Financial Engineering. He leads project teams as an economist and consultant, and has extensive expertise in antitrust, market microstructure, valuation, and large-scale data analysis.

He also enjoys developing games, building websites, and solving brain teasers.

Writing

Short Stories

Forthcoming

Calling a Starskipper
Abyss & Apex

2024

Everyone is Dying to Work Here ($)
Fission #4 from the British Science Fiction Association

City of Androids ($)
Roads Less Travelled, Issue 1 from Midnight Street Press

2023

Green on the Timeline
Flame Tree Fiction Newsletter, December

A Fulfilling Life
Sci-Fi Shorts

Pyrogenic Stasis
365 Tomorrows

Poetry

Forthcoming

Where Dragons Find Solace
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Flighty
Kaleidotrope

What Keeps Santa Going in Tough Times
Limerick in Chains

2024

The Sail
Orion’s Belt

Visions of Manhattan
Eye to the Telescope

Stealing a Moment ($)
Star*Line

A Rahokan’s Gem ($)
Worlds of Possibility

A World in Her Tresses
The Fairy Tale Magazine

2023

Distilling Emotion
Radon Journal, Issue 5

Drinking Song
Radon Journal, Issue 5

Microfiction

Forthcoming

The Halfling Tree
Solarpunk Magazine

2024

Wielder of Wit
Stupefying Stories

The Potato Singer
Stupefying Stories

Summit, in Memory
Stupefying Stories

Searching for Song
101 Words

My Language
Five Minutes

Hosting a Tempest
Stupefying Stories

2023

Two-thirds of Christmas
50-Word Stories

Other Projects

Brain Easer

Curated collection containing hundreds of interesting and challenging puzzles, plus explanations of how I solved them.

BrainEaser Screenshot

Eltera

Web development, design, and digital marketing services.

Eltera Digital Consultancy