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 three Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, a European Science Fiction Society award, a British Fantasy Award and four BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Awards. 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 is a Nebula award finalist, Lammy award finalist and double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella). She has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon award.

She is the author of the Hugo-award nominated series The Universe of Xuya, a group of loosely connected stories in which Vietnamese and Chinese 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. Three short novels are set in this universe: The Tea Master and the Detective (Subterranean Press, March 2018, Nebula Award winner, British Fantasy Award winner and Hugo Award finalist), On a Red Station, Drifting (a finalist for the Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award), and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls.

She is the author of the Dominion of the Fallen series, which comprises The House of Shattered Wings (British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel), The House of Binding Thorns (European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award), and The House of Sundering Flames (Gollancz, July 2019). 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!

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).

Aliette is Franco-Vietnamese, and will gladly use any excuse to shoehorn Vietnamese history and culture into her 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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Out Now: Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight

Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight is my very first short story collection, coming out September 2019 from Subterranean. Features the award-winning Universe of Xuya stories of Vietnamese-inspired space opera, as well as an original novella, a comedy of manners set in an alternate 19th Century.

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More information about Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight here.

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Free fiction!

Free fiction!

At a time where a lot of you are in lockdown in circumstances that aren’t exactly great for productivity, I thought I’d point out a few things from me that are available free of charge: -my story “In the Lands of the Spill” is now available in the Avatars Inc anthology, an anthology about telepresence…

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Productive Futures (London)

Birkbeck School of Arts, London

I’m pleased to be an author guest of the academic conference of the London Science Fiction Research Community, Productive Futures. Come see me and plenty of really smart and talented people talk about economics in the future! It’ll be happening at Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. Get tickets here!

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List of SFF mothers written by people of colour and indigenous people

List of SFF mothers written by people of colour and indigenous people

(illustration: mother-to-be Françoise and her wife Berith from my novel The House of Binding Thorns, art by Likhain) So I thought I’d collate the result of this thread: I was writing an article and asked on twitter for recommendations of SFF written by people of colour which had mothers in them: specifically, the mothers had…

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Banh bao (steamed buns)

Banh bao (steamed buns)

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