Alaya Dawn Johnson

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Alaya Dawn Johnson
Johnson at the Singularity & Co. panel at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience in Manhattan.
Born 1982
Washington DC
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 2007–present
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

Alaya Dawn Johnson (born 1982)[1] is an American writer of speculative fiction.


Apart from short fiction, Johnson has published two urban fantasy novels about "vampire suffragette" Zephyr Hollis set in an alternate 1920s New York City,[2] and two novels set on islands resembling pre-modern Polynesia where people have learned to bind elemental powers to their commands.[3][4] Her 2013 debut in the young-adult fiction sector, the standalone novel The Summer Prince, is set on a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk Brazilian arcology ruled by a nanotech-empowered matriarchy.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson was born in Washington DC.[1] She graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures.[7] Johnson lives in New York City.[7]


The Spirit Binders series
  1. Racing the Dark (2007), ISBN 193284144X
  2. The Burning City (2010), ISBN 978-1932841459
Zephyr Hollis series
  1. Moonshine (2010), ISBN 0312648065
  2. Wicked City (2012), ISBN 978-0-312-56548-0

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Nebula Nominee, Best Novelette for "They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass," 2013[8]
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy for The Summer Prince, 2013[8]
  • National Book Award Longlist, Young People's Literature for The Summer Prince, 2013[9]
  • GLBTRT Top Ten Rainbow List for The Summer Prince, 2014[10]
  • Junior Library Guild selection for The Summer Prince, Spring 2013.[11]
  • YALSA nominee for their BFYA list for The Summer Prince, 2013.[11]
  • Finalist for the 2011 Carl Brandon Society Parallax award for the novel Moonshine.[11]
  • Finalist for the 2011 Carl Brandon Society Kindred award for the novel The Burning City.[11]
  • Top Ten finalist for the 2010 Million Writers Award for the short story "A Song to Greet the Sun."[11]
  • Winner of the 2008 Gulliver Travel Grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation.[11]
  • Finalist for the 2006 Carl Brandon Society Parallax award for the short story "Shard of Glass."[11]


  1. ^ a b Alaya Dawn Johnson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ "Wicked City". Publisher's Weekly. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Miller, Faren (21 August 2010). "Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson". Locus magazine. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Kincaid Speller, Maureen (13 April 2011). "Racing the Dark and The Burning City by Alaya Dawn Johnson". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Mayer, Petra (7 March 2013). "Samba, Spiderbots And 'Summer' Love In Far-Future Brazil". NPR. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Dobbs, Michael Ann (15 April 2013). "The Summer Prince takes us to a future Brazil with human sacrifice". io9. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Alaya Dawn. "About". Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "2013 Nebula Nominees Announced". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  9. ^ "2013 National Book Award". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  10. ^ "2014 Rainbow List". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Who I Am". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 

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