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Sofia Samatar is an American of Somali and Swiss German Mennonite background. She wrote A Stranger in Olondria in Yambio, south Sudan, where she worked as an English teacher. She has worked in Egypt and is pursuing a PhD in African languages and literature at the University of Madison, Wisconsin.
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (2014) : A Stranger in Olondria
John W. Campbell Best Book winner (2014) : A Stranger in Olondria
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : A Stranger in Olondria
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (2014) : A Stranger in Olondria

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Prodigies (2015)
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"Gorodischer's rhythmic and transparent prose reveals the violence underlying bourgeois respectability. Prodigies is both incisive and incantatory."
An Alphabet of Embers (2016)
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"A startling new landscape of speculative fiction, of world literate, of language."
The Very Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (2019)
Caitlín R Kiernan
"Caitlín R. Kiernan is one of the most inventive, seductive, and wickedly intelligent writers working today in any genre, and this treasury puts her powers on full display. Her stories are promiscuous vampires, eager to draw their energy from folklore, space opera, crime fiction, weird tales, and the dreams of the silver screen. Whether their tone is streetwise or scholarly, archaic or futuristic, these tales share Kiernan's signature flavor of a last drink on the edge of the abyss. She is Our Lady of Elation and Melancholy. A sinister, spellbinding collection."

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