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. It is out now 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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Read more info on Aliette's novel House of Shattered Wings here--out now from Gollancz (UK/Commonwealth, mass market paperback and ebook) and Roc (US, trade paperback and ebook). 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!
The book is standalone, but there will be a sequel set in the same universe, The House of Binding Thorns, which Aliette is now hard at work on.
- Winner of a British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel
- Finalist for a Locus Award, Best Fantasy novel
- Locus Recommended Reading List 2015, Best Fantasy novel
- Top 10 2015, Elbakin.net
- Best Books of 2015, Fantasy Faction
- Best of Review of 2015, SFFWorld
- 20 Books You Should Have Read in 2015, ScifiNow
Praise for the novel:
A fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review, Top 10 Autumn SF/Fantasy/Horror Pick)
It's a whirlwind, it's heartbreaking, and it's one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.
Jessie Potts, RT Book Reviews (RT Top Pick for August Fantasy)
THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a Gothic masterpiece of supernatural intrigues, loves and betrayals in a ruined and decadent future Paris -- wildly imaginative and completely convincing, this novel will haunt you long after you've put it down.
Tim Powers, author of The Anubis Gates
THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS exists in a rich, evocative Paris that is thick with magical history. Pathos and beauty intertwine in a novel filled with longing.
Mary Robinette Kowal, Multiple-Hugo award winning author of the Glamourist Histories
An intense, beautiful, brutal journey written with an eye for the stunning, vivid detail and the cruel demands of duty, loyalty, and leadership. Its portrait of a ruined Paris ruled by fallen angels is one I won't soon forget.
Kate Elliott, author of the Spiritwalker Trilogy
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