N. K. Jemisin

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Nora K. Jemisin
Born Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Pen name N.K. Jemisin
Occupation Novelist, psychologist, career counselor
Genre Science fiction, Fantasy

N. K. Jemisin (born September 19, 1972) is an American speculative fiction writer and blogger. Her debut novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award, the 2011 Hugo Award, and the World Fantasy Award,[1] was short-listed for the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and won the 2011 Sense of Gender Award. Also in 2010, her short story "Non-Zero Probabilities" was a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Her fiction explores a wide variety of themes, including but not limited to cultural conflict and oppression, via fantasy and science-fictional milieu.[2]

Early life[edit]

N. K. Jemisin was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in New York City and Mobile, Alabama. She lived in Massachusetts for ten years and then moved to New York City.[3]


Jemisin attended Tulane University from 1990 to 1994, where she received a B.S. in psychology.[4] She went on to earn her Master of Education from the University of Maryland College Park.

Jemisin is a former member of the Boston-area writing group BRAWLers, as well as a current member of Altered Fluid. A graduate of the 2002 Viable Paradise writing workshop,[5] she published a number of short stories and completed several novels.

In May 2013 it was announced that she would be co-Guest of Honor of the 2014 WisCon science fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin.[6] She was the Author Guest of Honor at Arisia 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.[7]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2010, Jemisin lives in Brooklyn, New York.[8] In addition to writing fiction, she works as an academic counselor.


The Inheritance Trilogy[edit]

The Dreamblood Duology[edit]

The Broken Earth Trilogy[edit]

  • The Fifth Season (August 2015)

Short stories[edit]

  • "L'Alchimista," published in Scattered, Covered, Smothered, Two Cranes Press, 2004. Winner of an Honorable Mention from The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 18th collection. Also available as an Escape Pod episode
  • "Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows," Ideomancer, 2004.
  • "Cloud Dragon Skies," Strange Horizons, 2005. Also an Escape Pod episode
  • "Red Riding-Hood's Child," Fishnet, 2005.
  • "The You Train," Strange Horizons, 2007.
  • "Bittersweet," Abyss and Apex, 2007.
  • "The Narcomancer," Helix, reprinted in Transcriptase, 2007.
  • "The Brides of Heaven," Helix, reprinted in Transcriptase, 2007.
  • "Playing Nice With God's Bowling Ball," Baen's Universe, 2008.
  • "The Dancer's War," published in Like Twin Stars: Bisexual Erotic Stories, Circlet Press, 2009.
  • "Non-Zero Probabilities," Clarkesworld Magazine, 2009.
  • "Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints in the City Beneath the Still Waters," Postscripts, 2010.
  • "On the Banks of the River Lex," Clarkesworld Magazine, 11/2010
  • "The Effluent Engine," published in Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, Torquere Press, 2011
  • "The Trojan Girl," Weird Tales, 2011
  • "Valedictorian," published in After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, Hyperion Book CH, 2012

Award nominations[edit]


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