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Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya lives and writes in New York City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. Her culinary loves are all kinds of ethnic food, particularly South Indian, which she feels must be close to ambrosia. She graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and has lived and traveled extensively in Japan.

Awards: BSFA (2023), WFA (2021), Nebula (2015)  see all

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Fantasy
Spirit Binders
   1. Racing the Dark (2007)
   2. The Burning City (2010)
Zephyr Hollis
   1. Moonshine (2010)
   2. Wicked City (2012)
   The Inconstant Moon (2013)
   Metamorphosis (2015) (with Kim Stanley Robinson)
   Reconstruction (2021)
Series contributed to
   2. The North Side of the Sun (2015)
   5. The Dagger and the Sword (2017)
   Tremontaine: The Complete Season 1 (2017) (with others)
   Tremontaine: The Complete Season 2 (2017) (with others)
Books containing stories by Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Big Book of Cyberpunk Vol. 2 (2024)
(Big Book of Cyberpunk, book 2)
edited by
Jared Shurin
Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 210 (2024)
(Clarkesworld Magazine, book 210)

More books 

2023 BSFA Award for Best Fiction for Young Readers : The Library of Broken Worlds
2021 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel : Trouble the Saints
2015 Nebula Award for Best Novelette : A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i
2015 Andre Norton Award : Love Is the Drug

Award nominations
2024 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : The Library of Broken Worlds
2015 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i
2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (nominee) : They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass
2014 Nebula Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass
2014 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : The Summer Prince
2014 Andre Norton Award (nominee) : The Summer Prince

Alaya Dawn Johnson recommends
The Monsters We Defy (2022)
Leslye Penelope
"Clara is a heroine for the ages, and her 1920s Black Washington society, both the glamour and the grit, is so compellingly evoked it's as though Penelope has given us a peek behind the veil to hear the tales of our ancestors."
Tempests and Slaughter (2018)
(Numair Chronicles, book 1)
Tamora Pierce
"Tamora Pierce’s novels gave me a different way of seeing the world."
The Art of Starving (2017)
Sam J Miller
"The Art of Starving is a humane, deeply felt, heartbreaking novel, observed with an edge as sharp as broken glass. A supervillain coming-of-age novel that made me cry -- my god, I loved this book."

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