Alaya Dawn Johnson

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Alaya Dawn Johnson
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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
Genres Science fiction, fantasy

www.alayadawnjohnson.com

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

Early life[edit]

Alaya Dawn 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.[2]

Career[edit]

Apart from short fiction, Johnson has published two urban fantasy novels about "vampire suffragette" Zephyr Hollis set in an alternate 1920s New York City,[3] and two novels set on islands resembling pre-modern Polynesia where people have learned to bind elemental powers to their commands.[4][5] 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.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson lives in New York City.[2]

Novels[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alaya Dawn Johnson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Alaya Dawn. "About". Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wicked City". Publisher's Weekly. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Miller, Faren (21 August 2010). "Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson". Locus magazine. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Kincaid Speller, Maureen (13 April 2011). "Racing the Dark and The Burning City by Alaya Dawn Johnson". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Mayer, Petra (7 March 2013). "Samba, Spiderbots And 'Summer' Love In Far-Future Brazil". NPR. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Dobbs, Michael Ann (15 April 2013). "The Summer Prince takes us to a future Brazil with human sacrifice". io9. 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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