Naomi Novik

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Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik July08.jpg
Born (1973-04-30) April 30, 1973 (age 41)
New York
Occupation Writer, computer programmer
Nationality American
Period Napoleonic Wars
Genre Historical fantasy/Alternate history
Subject The Napoleonic wars fought with dragons
Spouse Charles Ardai

www.temeraire.org

Naomi Novik (born 30 April 1973) is an American writer. She is best known for her Temeraire fantasy/alternate history series of novels, of which there are currently eight published books. Her first book, His Majesty's Dragon, won the 2007 Compton Crook Award for best novel in the science fiction and fantasy category.[1] She was also nominated for a Hugo Award for best novel in 2007.[2]

Early life[edit]

Novik grew up in Roslyn Heights on Long Island. She is a second-generation American; her father is of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry, and her mother is an ethnic Pole. Displaying an interest in reading at a young age, she read The Lord of the Rings at age six, and developed a love for Jane Austen a year later.

She studied English Literature at Brown University, and holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. She participated in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide, until she discovered that she preferred writing to game design.[3]

Career[edit]

Novik's first novel, His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire in the UK), which commences the Temeraire series, is an alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars in a "Flintlock Fantasy" world in which dragons are abundant and are used in aerial combat. His Majesty's Dragon won the Compton Crook Award in 2007,[4] and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

In September 2006, Peter Jackson optioned the Temeraire series.[5] Novik's books are being released in audio book format. The first five were released by Books on Tape, beginning in 2007, and read by Simon Vance.[6] The sixth book was released by Tantor Audio in September 2010, also read by Vance.[7]

In September 2007, Novik was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer for best new science fiction writer of 2006. She also won the 2007 Compton Crook Award.[4]

In 2010 Novik said she plans to write a young-adult fantasy novel inspired by The Secret Garden.[8]

In 2011 Novik wrote Will Supervillains Be on the Final?, a new graphic novel about the next generation of high-flying costumed crusaders.

Charity work[edit]

Novik is an emeritus member of the board of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of fan-media including fan fiction, fan videos (vids), and real-person fiction. The OTW project began in 2007.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Novik is married to entrepreneur and writer Charles Ardai. They live in Manhattan.[3]

Bibliography[edit]

Temeraire series[edit]

Novik has published eight books in the Temeraire series, with an ninth coming out in 2015. She plans for the series to conclude after nine books, with the end of the Napoleonic Wars.[citation needed]

  1. Temeraire (January 2006 [UK])
    • Published in the US as His Majesty's Dragon in March 2006
  2. Throne of Jade (April 2006, ISBN 0-345-48129-1)
  3. Black Powder War (May 2006, ISBN 0-345-48130-5)
  4. Empire of Ivory (September 2007, ISBN 0-345-49687-6)
  5. Victory of Eagles (July 2008, ISBN 0-345-49688-4)
  6. Tongues of Serpents (July 2010, ISBN 0-345-49689-2)
  7. Crucible of Gold (March 2012, ISBN 0-345-52286-9)
  8. Blood of Tyrants (August 2013, ISBN 0-345-52290-7)
  9. League of Dragons (forthcoming, 2015)[10]

Omnibus edition[edit]

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