Yoon Ha Lee

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Yoon Ha Lee
Born 1979
Houston, Texas
Occupation writer
Nationality American
Ethnicity Korean American
Genre science fiction, fantasy
Notable works Conservation of Shadows (short story collection)

Yoon Ha Lee (born January 26, 1979 in Houston, Texas) is a Korean American science fiction and fantasy writer.[1]

When she was young, her family lived in both Texas and South Korea, where she attended high school at Seoul Foreign School, an English-language international school. She went to college at Cornell University, majoring in mathematics, and earned a Master’s degree in secondary math education at Stanford University. She has worked as an analyst for an energy market intelligence company, done web design, and taught math.[2]

Since her first sale in 1999, she has published short fiction in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed magazine and elsewhere. Three of her stories have been reprinted in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies. Dozois wrote that Lee is "one of those helping to move science fiction into the twenty-first century."[3]

Aliette de Bodard wrote the introduction for Conservation of Shadows and has twice recommended one of Lee's stories in her best of year round-ups: she selected "Ghostweight" as a favorite of 2011[4] and "The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars" was chosen in her 2013 eligibility and recommendations post as "the one that most blew me away this year"[5] "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" and "Ghostweight" were both nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and Locus Award and were both reprinted in two "Year's Best" anthologies. "The Pirate Captain's Daughter" was nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award.[6]

Lee lives in Loisiana with her husband and daughter.[2]


Conservation of Shadows
Author Yoon Ha Lee
Cover artist Sherin Nicole
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Publisher Prime Books
Publication date
16 April 2013
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 329
ISBN 978-1-60701-387-7

Lee has written over forty short stories, many of which are collected in her first book, Conservation of Shadows:


  1. ^ "Author Profile: Yoon Ha ee". Tor.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b Interview with Yoon Ha Lee at Locus Online, excerpt posted Sunday 7 September 2014
  3. ^ Cover quote, Yoon Ha Lee, Conservation of Shadows. Prime Books, April 2013
  4. ^ "Ye obligatory eligibility post, plus asking for story recommendations". aliettedebodard.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Awards eligibility and awards recommendations". aliettedebodard.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Yoon Ha Lee". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 

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