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Aliette’s latest:

Cover of The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard. The quote reads
Title: The Red Scholar’s Wake
Author: Aliette de Bodard
Publication date: Nov 24th, 2022
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
ISBN: ebook ASIN B09QYMWBWK (ebook, £11.49), print ISBN 1399601385 (hardcover, £18.99)

Available In: ebook | hardback | audiobook
Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Lesbian Fantasy, Space Opera

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‘So romantic I may simply perish’ Tasha Suri, award-winning author of THE JASMINE THRONE

‘LESBIAN SPACE PIRATES. Enough said’ Katee Robert, NYT bestselling author of NEON GODS

Xích Si: bot maker, data analyst, mother, scavenger. But those days are over now-her ship has just been captured by the Red Banner pirate fleet, famous for their double-dealing and cruelty. Xích Si expects to be tortured to death-only for the pirates’ enigmatic leader, Rice Fish, to arrive with a different and shocking proposition: an arranged marriage between Xích Si and herself.

Rice Fish: sentient ship, leader of the infamous Red Banner pirate fleet, wife of the Red Scholar. Or at least, she was the latter before her wife died under suspicious circumstances. Now isolated and alone, Rice Fish wants Xích Si’s help to find out who struck against them and why. Marrying Xích Si means Rice Fish can offer Xích Si protection, in exchange for Xích Si’s technical fluency: a business arrangement with nothing more to it.

But as the investigation goes on, Rice Fish and Xích Si find themselves falling for each other. As the interstellar war against piracy intensifies and the five fleets start fighting each other, they will have to make a stand-and to decide what kind of future they have together…

An exciting space opera and a beautiful romance, from an exceptional SF author.

Advance praise for In the Red Scholar’s Wake:

‘It took my breath away!’
Stephanie Burgis

‘A fizzyingly inventive space opera’
Alastair Reynolds

‘Lesbian space pirates. Enough said.’
Katee Robert

‘An epic tale of piracy and romance’
Gareth L Powell

‘So romantic I may simply perish’
Tasha Suri

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50-word bio:
Aliette de Bodard writes speculative fiction: she has won three Nebula Awards, an Ignyte Award, a Locus Award and five British Science Fiction Association Awards. She is the author of Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc), a fantasy of manners and murders set in an alternate 19th Century Vietnamese court, and of the forthcoming lesbian space pirates romance The Red Scholar’s Wake (Gollancz, Nov 2022). She lives in Paris.

90-word bio:

Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won three Nebula Awards, an Ignyte Award, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and five British Science Fiction Association Awards.

She is the author of Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc), a fantasy of manners and murders set in an alternate 19th Century Vietnamese court, and of the forthcoming lesbian space pirates romance The Red Scholar’s Wake (Gollancz, Nov 2022).

She also wrote Fireheart Tiger (Tor.com, 2021 BSFA Award winner), a sapphic romantic fantasy inspired by pre colonial Vietnam, where a diplomat princess must decide the fate of her country, and her own. She lives in Paris.

150-word bio:

Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won three Nebula Awards, an Ignyte Award, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and five British Science Fiction Association Awards.

She is the author of Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc), a fantasy of manners and murders set in an alternate 19th Century Vietnamese court, and of the forthcoming lesbian space pirates romance The Red Scholar’s Wake (Gollancz, Nov 2022). SShe also wrote Fireheart Tiger (Tor.com, 2021 BSFA Award winner), a sapphic romantic fantasy inspired by pre colonial Vietnam, where a diplomat princess must decide the fate of her country, and her own.

Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective (2018 Nebula Award winner, 2018 British Fantasy Award winner, 2019 Hugo Award finalist).

300-word bio:

Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris, where she has a day job as a System Architect. She studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, but moonlights as a writer of speculative fiction. Aliette has won three Nebula Awards,an Ignyte Award, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and five British Science Fiction Association Awards.

She is the author of Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc), a fantasy of manners and murders set in an alternate 19th Century Vietnamese court, and of the forthcoming lesbian space pirates romance The Red Scholar’s Wake (Gollancz, Nov 2022). She also wrote Fireheart Tiger (Tor.com, 2021 BSFA Award winner), a sapphic romantic fantasy inspired by pre colonial Vietnam, where a diplomat princess must decide the fate of her country, and her own.

She is the author of the Dominion of the Fallen trilogy, set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war–which comprises The House of Shattered Wings (Roc/Gollancz, 2015 British Science Fiction Association Award, Locus Award finalist), and The House of Binding Thorns (Ace/Gollancz, 2017 European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award, Locus award finalist), and The House of Sundering Flames.

Her short story collection Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight is out from Subterranean Press.

Her space opera books also include The Tea Master and the Detective (2018 Nebula Award winner, 2018 British Fantasy Award winner, 2019 Hugo Award finalist), a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese Galactic empire, inspired by the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

She lives in Paris with her family, in a flat with more computers than warm bodies, and a set of Lovecraftian tentacled plants intent on taking over the place. In what little is left of her spare time, she wrangles kids and cooks Franco-Vietnamese food. Hobbies include board games, tai chi/chi gong, and devouring books.

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“SF is lucky to have Aliette de Bodard.”

Alastair Reynolds

“…a writer who, in a career of barely more than a decade, has shown remarkable versatility, shifting from the multiple award-winning, far-future space opera settings of her Xuya series to the Dominion of the Fallen fantasy novels, which seem to occupy a territory no one had suspected was even there, somewhere between John Milton and Victor Hugo.”

Gary K Wolfe, Locus

“Aliette de Bodard is truly one of science fiction’s greatest treasures. Her writing is beautiful, with a gorgeous, true sense of place and an imaginative conceit unlike any other I’ve seen in SF.”

Jeremy Brett, Ancillary Review of Books

“Aliette de Bodard is constantly not only revisiting but reinventing her own Xuya universe and one of her many, many qualities as a writer is this beautiful mix of modern futures with on-going traditions.”

Ana Grilo, Kirkus

“A French-Vietnamese Paris-based science fiction author who lives in Paris but writes in English and is fast becoming one of the news stars of the genre, garnering awards and nominations in her wake.”

Maxim Jakubowksi, Crime Time

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