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R F Kuang


China (b.1996)

aka Rebecca F Kuang

R. F. Kuang immigrated to the United States from Guangzhou, China in 2000. She now studies Asian history at Georgetown University, where her research focuses on Chinese military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. She graduated from Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2016 and attended the CSSF Novel Writing Workshop in 2017. Her debut novel, The Poppy War, is the first installment in a trilogy that grapples with drugs, shamanism, and China's bloody twentieth century.
 

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
August 2025

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Katabasis
 
Series
Poppy War
   1. The Poppy War (2018)
   2. The Dragon Republic (2019)
   3. The Burning God (2020)
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Novels
   Babel (2022)
   Yellowface (2023)
   Katabasis (2025)
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R F Kuang recommends
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Tread of Angels (2022)
Rebecca Roanhorse
"The world sucks you in from the start, and the pacing yanks you along by the collar. Black Sun is instantly riveting from the beginning - Roanhorse is at the top of her game here."
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Kaikeyi (2022)
Vaishnavi Patel
"Mythic retelling at its best: entrancing, troubling, and complicated. Kaikeyi is marvelous."
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The Chosen and the Beautiful (2021)
Nghi Vo
"This book is Gatsby the way it should have been written–dark, dazzling, and fantastical. Of course Jordan Baker should have been the main character. Of course everyone should have been messing with magic. Vo has created a perfect response to Fitzgerald in tone, voice, and theme."

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Anthologies containing stories by R F Kuang
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The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories (2022)
edited by
Yu Chen and Regina Kanyu Wang
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From a Certain Point of View: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (2020)
(Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, book 2)

Awards
John W. Campbell Best Book nominee (2019) : The Poppy War
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2019) : The Poppy War
John W. Campbell Best Book nominee (2020) : The Poppy War


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