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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 Fantasy

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…

A Lammy Award finalist in LGBTQ SF/F/Horror.

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

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50-word bio:
Aliette de Bodard writes speculative fiction: she has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards, and is a Nebula award finalist and double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella). 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, The House of Binding Thorns, and forthcoming The House of Sundering Flames. She lives in Paris.

90-word bio:

Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards, and is a Nebula award finalist and double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella). Most recently she published In the Vanishers’ Palace, a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast where they are both women and where the Beast is a Vietnamese dragon (2018 Lammy Award finalist for LGBTQ SF/F/Horror). 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, The House of Binding Thorns, and forthcoming The House of Sundering Flames.

150-word bio:

Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards. She is is a Nebula award finalist and double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella). Most recently she published In the Vanishers’ Palace, a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast where they are both women and where the Beast is a Vietnamese dragon (2018 Lammy Award finalist for LGBTQ SF/F/Horror)

Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective (2018 Nebula Award finalist, 2019 Hugo Award finalist).

She is also 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 (Roc/Gollancz, 2015 British Science Fiction Association Award, Locus Award finalist), its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns (Ace/Gollancz, 2017 European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award, Locus award finalist), and forthcoming The House of Sundering Flames (Gollancz, July 2019).

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. Aliette has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards, and is a Nebula award finalist (Best Novella) and double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella).

Most recently she published In the Vanishers’ Palace, a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast where they are both women and where the Beast is a Vietnamese dragon (2018 Lammy Award finalist for LGBTQ SF/F/Horror).

Other 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), its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns (Ace/Gollancz, 2017 European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award, Locus award finalist) and forthcoming The House of Sundering Flames (Gollancz, July 2019).

She is also the author of The Tea Master and the Detective (2018 Nebula Award Finalist, 2019 Hugo Award finalist), 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.

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.

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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

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