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, a European Science Fiction Society award, and three 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 has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Tiptree Awards.
Her novel, The House of Shattered Wings, won the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel. The standalone second book, The House of Binding Thorns is out 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 now available in ebook and in print via the JABberwocky agency programme.
She is the author of the ongoing Xuya universe series, 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), On a Red Station, Drifting (a finalist for the Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award), and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls.
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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In the Vanishers Palace is a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where they are both women and the Beast is a dragon. Set in a ruined universe inspired by Vietnamese folklore, where scholar-magicians and spirits walk the earth...
Gorgeously atmospheric queer fantasy (…) like Jane Eyre if Rochester was a woman plus a dragon.
Zen Cho, author of Sorcerer to the Crown and The True Queen
“Another stellar offering by Bodard. Her signature intensity is on display in this tale of people (and dragons) struggling to survive in the ruins of an alien conquest. Emotionally complex relationships interweave with richly drawn and deftly nuanced world-building.”
Kate Elliott, Author of the Court of Fives series
More information about In the Vanishers' Palace here.
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