Aliette de Bodard
Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy
This is the home page of Aliette de Bodard, writer of fantasy and science fiction (and the very occasional horror piece). Aliette has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, a BSFA Award, as well as Writers of the Future. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Tiptree Awards.
Her new novel, The House of Shattered Wings, is forthcoming from Gollancz (UK/Commonwealth, August 20th 2015) and Roc (US, August 18th 2015). Turn of the century Paris in the shadow of the Great Houses’ War: quasi-feudal Houses vying for dominion over a ruined city, addictive magic, fallen angels–and entirely too many dead bodies!
She is the author of the ongoing Xuya universe series, a group of loosely connected stories in which Chinese and Vietnamese cultures have reached the stars and develop their own mindships, artificial intelligences borne in human wombs and raised in mixed families: a complete list of these stories and some additional background information can be found here. Two short novels are set in this universe: On a Red Station, Drifting (a finalist for the Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award), and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls, forthcoming in Asimov’s (Oct/Nov 2015 issue).
She lives in Paris, France, in a flat with more computers than she really needs, and uses her spare time to indulge in her love of mythology and history–as well as her love of cooking (the recipe page can be found here).
As a Franco-Vietnamese, Aliette has a strong interest in Ancient Vietnam and Ancient China, and will gladly use any excuse to shoehorn those into her short or long fiction. A more extensive biography is available here, and a list of her fiction can be found here. Here you will also find Aliette’s schedule and her list of essays on science, culture, and other genre-related stuff.
Aliette is represented by John Berlyne of the Zeno Literary Agency: for any enquiry, please contact the agency.
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Original Picture Credits Portrait: Ines de Bodard
Read more info on Aliette's upcoming novel House of Shattered Wings here--forthcoming from Gollancz in the UK/Commonwealth and Roc in the US in August 2015. Turn of the century Paris in the shadow of the Great Houses' War: quasi-feudal Houses vying for dominion over a ruined city, addictive magic, fallen angels--and entirely too many dead bodies!
Praise for the novel:
A fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review, Top 10 Autumn SF/Fantasy/Horror Pick)
It's a whirlwind, it's heartbreaking, and it's one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.
Jessie Potts, RT Book Reviews (RT Top Pick for August Fantasy)
THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a Gothic masterpiece of supernatural intrigues, loves and betrayals in a ruined and decadent future Paris -- wildly imaginative and completely convincing, this novel will haunt you long after you've put it down.
Tim Powers, author of The Anubis Gates
THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS exists in a rich, evocative Paris that is thick with magical history. Pathos and beauty intertwine in a novel filled with longing.
Mary Robinette Kowal, Multiple-Hugo award winning author of the Glamourist Histories
An intense, beautiful, brutal journey written with an eye for the stunning, vivid detail and the cruel demands of duty, loyalty, and leadership. Its portrait of a ruined Paris ruled by fallen angels is one I won't soon forget.
Kate Elliott, author of the Spiritwalker Trilogy
Latest Blog Post
Very pleased that The House of Shattered Wings has got a Starred Review in Library Journal: De Bodard (…) has spun a fascinating Paris of decay and cruelty. A few more appearances of the book: It’s listed on PW’s “Most Anticipated Fall Titles” list (which is, er, a rather short thing insofar as SFF is…
Blackwell's High Holborn
Come see me and Anna Caltabiano talking about The House of Shattered Wings and The Time of the Clockmaker! Drinks and nibbles! Scintillating conversation! Books! Awesome covers! Blackwell’s, 50-51 High Holborn, WC1V 6EP London. The event is free: you can get your tickets here.
The Chosen One is a very common trope: the special one; the one chosen by the gods/the magic/the plot; the one who has unique powers or ends up saving everyone, because no one else has the ability to. It’s quite common: you find it in narratives from Harry Potter to David Eddings’ Belgariad (and that’s…
A quick and easy stir-fry dish.