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Aliette de Bodard

France (b.1982)

Aliette de Bodard is a multi-award-winning author. She is a half-French, half-Vietnamese computer and history geek who lives in Paris with her family, She has a special interest in non-Western civilisations, particularly Ancient Vietnam, Ancient China and Ancient Mesoamerica. Aliette is an engineer, a writer, and a keen amateur cook. Her love of mythology and history led her to speculative fiction early on. She is the author of numerous short stories, of the Aztec noir trilogy Obsidian and Blood, and of the award-nominated On a Red Station, Drifting, a space opera based on Vietnamese culture.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
New Books
November 2022

The Red Scholar's Wake
(Xuya Universe)
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   Dark Currents (2012) (with Nina Allan, Una McCormack, Sophia McDougall, Adam Nevill, Rod Rees, Tricia Sullivan, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Lavie Tidhar)
   Scattered Among Strange Worlds (2012)
   The New Accelerator (2019) (with Samantha Dunaway Bryant, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Ian Hocking, Ruth Moorhouse, Nick Nafpliotis, Roger Pattison, Luke Pebler, Deborah Walker and Akil Wingate)
   Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight (2019)
Aliette de Bodard recommends
The Traitor Baru Cormorant (2015)
(Masquerade , book 1)
Seth Dickinson
"Brutal, relentless and with the heartbreaking beauty of the best tragedies. The Traitor is a haunting book that asks hard questions about revolution, change, and what it means to keep faith."
Stranger of Tempest (2016)
(God Fragments, book 1)
Tom Lloyd
"A fun and fast paced romp in which a mercenary company's latest job goes horrendously wrong and they have to evade pursuit. A great cast and some very good action set pieces."
Congress of Secrets (2016)
Stephanie Burgis
"A sumptuous and romantic tale of two ordinary people caught at the confluence of history, politics, and dark alchemy, Congress of Secrets will have you turning pages late at night."
Rosewater (2016)
(Wormwood Trilogy, book 1)
Tade Thompson
"One of the most imaginative alien invasion scenarios I have come across..."
Under the Pendulum Sun (2017)
(Fae , book 1)
Jeannette Ng
"An evocative, claustrophobic Gothic novel with strikingly creepy set-pieces, which repeatedly dislocates its reader's and characters' worldview in a forceful examination of faith and the power of stories."
Jade City (2017)
(Green Bone Saga, book 1)
Fonda Lee
"An atmospheric, gritty noir tale of family loyalties, martial arts and power struggles in a city that feels so real it becomes a character in its own right. Jade City is epic drama writ large."
Witchmark (2018)
(Kingston Cycle, book 1)
C L Polk
"If you need a fun queer period adventure romance, you'll want to add this to your TBR pile."
A Study in Honor (2018)
(Janet Watson Chronicles, book 1)
Claire O'Dell
"A gritty, fast-paced investigation with a memorable and compelling duo of main characters. I can’t wait to see what Janet and Sara get up to next."
A Memory Called Empire (2019)
(Teixcalaan, book 1)
Arkady Martine
"An intricate, layered tale of empire, personal ambition, political obligations and interstellar intrigue. Vivid and delightfully inventive."
Queen of the Conquered (2019)
(Islands of Blood and Storm, book 1)
Kacen Callender
"An utterly compelling look at slavery, power, and complicity. Uncomfortable, heart rending, and utterly necessary."
Unconquerable Sun (2020)
(Sun Chronicles, book 1)
Kate Elliott
"A sweeping saga of a fierce and indomitable conqueror and her companions, this is breathtaking and mindblowingly good."
Winter's Orbit (2021)
(Winter's Orbit, book 1)
Everina Maxwell
"A dazzling and comforting story of galactic politics, healing and romance. Its characters stayed with me long after I raced through the last chapters."
Black Water Sister (2021)
Zen Cho
"A creepily atmospheric and surprisingly heartwarming tale of gangsters, family, and spirits."
She Who Became the Sun (2021)
(Radiant Emperor, book 1)
Shelley Parker-Chan
"A gripping tale of rise to power, fate, betrayals and the bloody beginnings and endings of dynasties. Heartbreaking, stirring, haunting."
Tread of Angels (2022)
Rebecca Roanhorse
"An intricately layered, sprawling and fabulously dark epic fantasy of political intrigue, power and revenge. Enthralling, beautiful and heartwrenching."

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