Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, and has lived in Beijing, London, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.
Genres: Science Fiction
Some of the Best of Tor.com 2021 (2022) (with 'Pemi Aguda, G V Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, Kate Elliott, A T Greenblatt, Glen Hirshberg, Kathleen Jennings, Cheri Kamei, Jasmin Kirkbride, Matthew Kressel, Usman T Malik, Sam J Miller, Annalee Newitz, NOC, Sarah Pinsker, Daniel Polansky, Cooper Shivastava, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M Valente, Carrie Vaughn and E Lilly Yu)
Peng Shepherd recommends
A Boy and His Dog At the End of the World (2019)
C A Fletcher
"A sharp, meditative exploration of family, loyalty, and humanity amid the lonely but beautiful wilderness of the end of the world-but with a gut punch you'll never see coming. You'll remember A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World long after you finish reading."
The Luminous Dead (2019)
"Ghostly, mysterious, and terrifying, The Luminous Dead will have you rooted to the spot until the very last page."
Light from Other Stars (2019)
"A poignant, beautiful tale that perfectly captures humanity's timeless struggle to reconcile love and loss. As Nedda Papas faces mystery and danger both in the orange groves of her childhood and the vastness of space as an adult, Light from Other Stars keenly but tenderly illuminates the almost magical limits of science, the sacrifices that passion requires, and what it truly means to be a family."
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019)
Alix E Harrow
"The Ten Thousand Doors of January begins as a simple adventure, but like its mysteriously transportive doors, leads deeper and deeper the further you read. Each page dazzles with things to be discovered: a mansion of priceless artifacts, a secret journal, a tantalizing quest through strange and beautiful places, and a love story that spans time, worlds and magic. I couldn't put it down."
A Beginning at the End (2020)
"Not just an apocalyptic thriller, but also a timely reminder of what is most important in life-family, love, and hope."
"I could not put PROVIDENCE down until I'd finished it in one thrilling sitting. This is science fiction at its best-a ship so believably alive and characters so determined, flawed, and compelling that you'll forget you're not also part of the crew."
Natalie Zina Walschots
"Sharp, unexpected, and hilarious--HENCH takes the classic superhero story and cleverly turns it on its head. Get ready for a delightfully twisted adventure that will make you want to root for the bad guys."
"Gregory has spun a strange, haunting tale about faith, greed, and powerand the families we choose and the ones we cannot escape. You won’t be able to put it down until you see what’s at the bottom of the cavern."
The Violence (2022)
Delilah S Dawson
"Delilah S. Dawson has crafted a pandemic thriller that's so much more--a piercing examination of survival, courage, and self, terrifying and hopeful in equal measure."
"This terrifying little book will get you just like Daphne does--first with curiosity, then fascination, and before you know it, you're sucked in deep, and it's too late. You'll be triple-checking the locks and sleeping with all the lights in the house on bright, too afraid to close your eyes."
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