Aliette de Bodard

Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy

This is the home page of Aliette de Bodard, writer of fantasy and science fiction (and the very occasional horror piece). Aliette has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, three BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Awards, as well as Writers of the Future. In 2016, she became the first writer to win two BSFA awards in the same year for Best Novel and Best Short Fiction (see The Guardian‘s coverage here). She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Tiptree  Awards.

Her novel, The House of Shattered Wings, won the BSFA Award for Best Novel. The standalone sequel, The House of Binding Thorns is out April 2017 from Gollancz (UK/Commonwealth, trade paperback and ebook) and Roc (US, hardback). Turn of the century Paris in the shadow of the Great Houses’ War: quasi-feudal Houses vying for dominion over a ruined city, addictive magic, fallen angels–and entirely too many dead bodies!

Her Aztec mystery-fantasies, Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, and Master of the House of Darts, was published by Angry Robot. They’re currently being released as ebooks by the JABberwocky agency ebook programme.

She is the author of the ongoing Xuya universe series, a group of loosely connected stories in which Chinese and Vietnamese cultures have reached the stars and develop their own mindships, artificial intelligences borne in human wombs and raised in mixed families: a complete list of these stories and some additional background information can be found here. Two short novels are set in this universe: On a Red Station, Drifting (a finalist for the Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award), and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls, in Asimov’s (Oct/Nov 2015 issue).

She lives in Paris, France, in a flat with more computers than she really needs, and uses her spare time to indulge in her love of mythology and history–as well as her love of cooking (the recipe page can be found here).

As a Franco-Vietnamese, Aliette has a strong interest in Ancient Vietnam and Ancient China, and will gladly use any excuse to shoehorn those into her short or long fiction. A more extensive biography is available here, and a list of her fiction can be found here. Here you will also find Aliette’s schedule and her list of essays on science, culture, and other genre-related stuff.

Aliette is represented by John Berlyne of the Zeno Literary Agency: for any enquiry, please contact the agency.

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Coming soon: The House of Binding Thorns

The House of Binding Thorns is book 2 of Dominion of the Fallen, the standalone sequel to the critically-acclaimed, British Science Fiction Association award-winning The House of Shattered Wings.

Advance praise:

Touches the heart as often as it cuts throats.

Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)

Dizzying and beautiful... well worth the wait.

Michelle West, Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

A subtle, breath-of-fresh-air novel capable of being elegant and nasty in the same breath. The pervading sense of decay and threat is a looming presence as we step a little further out of the Houses and onto the streets/in the river of Paris. (...) very different to most fantasies I read and all the better for that.

Tom Lloyd, author of Stranger of Tempest

The House of Binding Thorns will be out April 4th 2017 from Roc in the US, and April 6th 2017 from Gollancz in the UK and Rest of the World.

Pre-order now
Read Chapter One Online!

Preorder and get a free exclusive ebook, Children of Thorns, Children of Water, a prequel story set a few months before the beginning of the novel.Just go here and fill in the form to get access (ignore the bit where the form says "UK only", that's a mistake).

More information about The House of Binding Thorns here.
For more information on the Dominion of the Fallen series (including reading order), go here.

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Last day to nominate for the Hugos!

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Read for Pixels Google Hangouts

Google Hangout

I’ll be taking part in Read for Pixels’ Google Hangout on Sunday March 19th, 4pm Paris Time, to raise money for The Pixel Project’s fundraising campaign to fight violence against women. I’ll be reading from my forthcoming The House of Binding Thorns: ruined and decadent Paris, magical intrigues, dragons in human shape, and kissing and…

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Foreigners, accents and broken English

Foreigners, accents and broken English

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