Press Kit

Queries
To contact Aliette directly, please use the contact form here.
Please direct queries about novel rights to Aliette’s agent, John Berlyne at Zeno Agency Ltd.

Pictures
These photos are free to download. Please credit the photographer, Lou Abercrombie. Click to open and save the high-res version.

 

Aliette’s latest:

Title: In the Vanishers’ Palace
Author: Aliette de Bodard
Publication date: October 16 2018
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary, Inc.
ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781625673985, ebook ISBN: 9781625673749
Retail price: $5.99 – $12.99
Available In: ebook | paperback
Genre: Dark FantasySynopsis

From the award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen series comes a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village’s debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets…

Advance praise:
“Gorgeously atmospheric queer fantasy (…) Like Jane Eyre if Rochester was a woman plus a dragon.”

Zen Cho, author of The Terracotta Bride and Sorcerer to the Crown

“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

Bios for re-use
50-word bio:
Aliette de Bodard writes speculative fiction: her short stories have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards. She is the author of the Dominion of the Fallen series, set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, which comprises The House of Shattered Wings (2015 British Science Fiction Association Award, Locus Award finalist), and its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns (Ace/Gollancz, 2017 European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award, Locus award finalist). She lives in Paris.

90-word bio:
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards. Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective, a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese Galactic empire, inspired by the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Recent works include the Dominion of the Fallen series, set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, which comprises The House of Shattered Wings (Roc/Gollancz, 2015 British Science Fiction Association Award, Locus Award finalist), and its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns (Ace/Gollancz, 2017 European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award, Locus award finalist).

150-word bio:
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris, where she has a day job as a System Engineer. She studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, but moonlights as a writer of speculative fiction. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories, which garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards. Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective, a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese Galactic empire, inspired by the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Recent works include the Dominion of the Fallen series, set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, which comprises The House of Shattered Wings (Roc/Gollancz, 2015 British Science Fiction Association Award, Locus Award finalist), and its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns (Ace/Gollancz, 2017 European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award, Locus award finalist). She lives in Paris with her family, in a flat with more computers than warm bodies, and a set of Lovecraftian tentacled plants intent on taking over the place.

300-word bio:
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris, where she has a day job as a System Engineer. She studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, but moonlights as a writer of speculative fiction. Recent works include the Dominion of the Fallen series, set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, featuring witches, alchemists, Fallen angels, dragons in human shape and magical and political intrigues: it comprises The House of Shattered Wings (Roc/Gollancz, 2015 British Science Fiction Association Award, Locus Award finalist), and its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns (Ace/Gollancz, 2017 European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award, Locus award finalist). She’s also the author of The Tea Master and the Detective, a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese Galactic empire, inspired by the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson; and of The Citadel of Weeping Pearls, a familial saga in a space opera universePrevious works are the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood, a trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies featuring priest-cum-investigator Acatl (starting with Servant of the Underworld), and On a Red Station, Drifting (shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards), a space opera focusing on the stormy relationship between two women aboard a decaying space station. Her short stories are frequently set in the Xuya universe, an alternate history continuity where the Mexica (Aztec) and Asian cultures have reached space ahead of the West, and where the familial structures include mindships, artificial intelligences incubated in human wombs. Such short fiction has appeared in a variety of professional magazines and anthologies. Aliette has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a British Science Fiction Association Award.
She lives in Paris with her family, in a flat with more computers than warm bodies, and a set of Lovecraftian tentacled plants intent on taking over the place. In what little is left of her spare time, she wrangles a small toddler and cooks Franco-Vietnamese food. Hobbies include board games, tai chi/chi gong, and devouring books.

Misc

Correct pronunciation of Aliette de Bodard:

Press

“…a writer who, in a career of barely more than a decade, has shown remarkable versatility, shifting from the multiple award-winning, far-future space opera settings of her Xuya series to the Dominion of the Fallen fantasy novels, which seem to occupy a territory no one had suspected was even there, somewhere between John Milton and Victor Hugo.”

Gary K Wolfe, Locus

“Aliette de Bodard is constantly not only revisiting but reinventing her own Xuya universe and one of her many, many qualities as a writer is this beautiful mix of modern futures with on-going traditions.”

Ana Grilo, Kirkus

“A French-Vietnamese Paris-based science fiction author who lives in Paris but writes in English and is fast becoming one of the news stars of the genre, garnering awards and nominations in her wake.”

Maxim Jakubowksi, Crime Time

Awards

  • Finalist for Locus Award 2017, “Best Novel”, for The House of Binding Thorns, published by Ace (US)/Gollancz (UK, Rest of the World)
  • Finalist for Locus Award 2015, “Best Novel”, for The House of Shattered Wings, published by Roc (US)/Gollancz(UK, Rest of the World)
  • Finalist for Locus Award 2015, “Best Novella”, for The Citadel of Weeping Pearls, published in Asimov’s, October/November 2015
  • Finalist for Locus Award 2015, “Best Short Story”, for “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, published in Clarkesworld, January 2015
  • Finalist for Nebula Award 2014, “Best Short Story”, for “The Breath of War”, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies March 2014
  • Finalist for Locus Award 2014, “Best Novelette”, for “Memorials”, in Asimov’s January 2014
  • Finalist for Locus Award 2014, “Best Short Story”, for “The Dust Queen”, in Reach for Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan
  • Finalist for “Best Novelette”, Hugo Award, 2013; and Locus Award, 2013, for “The Waiting Stars” in The Other Half of the Sky, ed. Athena Andreadis and Kay Holt
  • Honor List for Tiptree Award, 2014, “Heaven under Earth”, in Electric Velocipede 24
  • Finalist for “Best Novella”, Hugo Award, 2012; Nebula Award, 2012; and Locus Award, 2012, for On A Red Station, Drifting
  • Finalist for “Best Short Story”, Hugo Award, 2012; Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award; and Locus Award, “Best Short Story”, for “Immersion”, in Clarkesworld Magazine June 2012
  • Finalist for Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, 2012, “Best Short Story”, “Scattered Along the River of Heaven”, in Clarkesworld Magazine January 2012