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 three Nebula Awards, an Ignyte Award, a Locus Award, a European Science Fiction Society award, a British Fantasy Award and six BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Awards.

She is the author of the upcoming Navigational Entanglements, as well as A Fire Born of Exile, a sapphic Count of Monte Cristo set in space,

She also wrote The Red Scholar’s Wake (2022 BSFA Award finalist, 2022 Locus Award finalist, 2022 Clarke Award finalist), a lesbian space pirates romance set in Vietnamese-inspired galactic empires.

She is well-known for the multi-award-winning, Hugo-award nominated series The Universe of Xuya, Vietnamese-inspired space opera with sentient spaceships: a complete list of these stories and some additional background information can be found here. Short novels set in this universe include Seven of Infinities (Subterranean Press, October 2020, Locus Award finalist), and Nebula-award winning The Tea Master and the Detective.

Finally, she is the author of the Dragons and Blades series, comedies of manners, murders and family shenanigans set in a Gothic Vietnamese court, which comprise Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders and Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (2022 BSFA Award Winner). 

She lives in Paris, France.

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: Chloé Vollmer-Lo

Coming Soon: Navigational Entanglements

Navigational Entanglements is a xianxia-inspired romantic space opera.

Out July 30th from Tor dot com worldwide!

Four bickering juniors. An impossible mission to catch a deadly space creature.

What they did not need was an extra murder...

Insecure assassin/capable loner, enemies to lovers, made for one another if only they could catch a break from all the disasters around them--nearly all of them caused by their travelling companions...

Where to Buy

Universal Book link

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More information about Navigational Entanglements here.

(Cover: Sija Hong)

Coming Soon: In the Shadow of the Ship

Out Sept 2024 from Sub Press/JAB Books (North Am/Rest of the World)

Once, a ship fled a war, taking people with her.

The lost. The broken. The grieving.

To them, she demanded nothing but the necessary: a Tribute, to preserve herself.

A Tribute of their own children...

Nightjar: ship, matriarch, savior, killer. She has gone unchallenged for decades--until a once-wayward citizen comes back to her decks for a family funeral...

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More information about In the Shadow of the Ship here.

(Cover: Maurizio Manzieri for North Am. and Dirk Berger for the UK )

Out Now in Paperback: A Fire Born of Exile

A Fire Born of Exile is a sapphic Nirvana in Fire/Count of Monte Cristo in space.

Out now from Gollancz in hardback/ebook/audio (UK/Europe/Commonwealth) and JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc in paperback/ebook (US & Canada)!

A scholar, betrayed and left for dead, returns in disguise for revenge. She plans to bring the entire opulent, decadent society of the habitats crashing down.

Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan.

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More information about A Fire Born of Exile here.

(Cover: Alyssa Winans)


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Awards eligibility and recommendations

I’m completely underwater with various family matters (sadly of an urgent nature), but I wanted to make a quick awards eligibility post, and to have a placeholder for those 2023 things I loved and wanted to recommend (I will update with recommendations as I catch up). Eligibility -First things first, “The Universe of Xuya” is…

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Productive Futures (London)

Birkbeck School of Arts, London

I’m pleased to be an author guest of the academic conference of the London Science Fiction Research Community, Productive Futures. Come see me and plenty of really smart and talented people talk about economics in the future! It’ll be happening at Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. Get tickets here!

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List of SFF mothers written by people of colour and indigenous people

List of SFF mothers written by people of colour and indigenous people

(illustration: mother-to-be Françoise and her wife Berith from my novel The House of Binding Thorns, art by Likhain) So I thought I’d collate the result of this thread: I was writing an article and asked on twitter for recommendations of SFF written by people of colour which had mothers in them: specifically, the mothers had…

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