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Daniel José Older

Brother of Malka Older

Daniel José Older is the author of Half-Resurrection Blues (book one of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguins Roc Books) and the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastics Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a rising star of the genre after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniels band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at ghoststar.net/, on youtube and @djolder on twitter.

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction
New and upcoming books
January 2024

Escape from Valo
(Star Wars: The High Republic (Young Adult))
Bone Street Rumba
   Salsa Nocturna (2012)
   Anyway: Angie (2014)
   1. Half-resurrection Blues (2015)
   Kia and Gio (2015)
   Ginga (2015)
   2. Midnight Taxi Tango (2016)
   3. Battle Hill Bolero (2017)
   1. Shadowshaper (2015)
   2. Shadowhouse Fall (2017)
   3. Shadowshaper: Legacy (2020)
Dactyl Hill Squad
   1. Dactyl Hill Squad (2018)
   2. Freedom Fire (2019)
   3. Thunder Run (2020)
   The Book of Lost Saints (2019)
   Flood City (2021)
   Sea Girl (2017)
Novellas and Short Stories
Anthologies edited
   Long Hidden (2014) (with Rose Fox)
Daniel José Older recommends
That Self-Same Metal (2023)
(Forge & Fracture Saga, book 1)
Brittany N Williams
"Seamlessly weaves together history, fantasy, culture, magic, and love . . . I couldn't stop reading it, and when I finished all I wanted was more. Joan Sands may be a hero in another era, but also she's the one we urgently need in books right now."
There Goes the Neighborhood (2023)
Jade Adia
"Outstanding. This book packs such a fierce, fantastic punch in the best possible way. I devoured it and still wanted more. Alive with love and fully awake to the joy, hilarity, rage, and heartache of this broken world, There Goes the Neighborhood fires on all cylinders and takes no prisoners."
Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa (2022)
(Pilar Ramirez Duology, book 1)
Julian Randall
"I love this book so much. Julian Randall is a brilliant, refreshing new voice in young people's literature and he has imbued this story with a whole mountain of love, humor, honesty, and adventure. Pa'lante!"

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Anthologies containing stories by Daniel José Older
Reclaim the Stars (2022)
Seventeen Tales Across Realms & Space
edited by
Zoraida Córdova
From a Certain Point of View: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (2020)
(Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, book 2)
Latinx Rising (2020)
An Anthology of Latinx Science Fiction and Fantasy
edited by
Matthew David Goodwin

More anthologies 

Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2016) : Shadowshaper
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2016) : Shadowshaper

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