Kameron Hurley

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Kameron Hurley
Kameron Hurley, at Worldcon in Helsinki in 2017.
Kameron Hurley, at Worldcon in Helsinki in 2017.
BornWashington, United States
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable awardsSydney J. Bounds Award (2011) Best Newcomer
Kitschies (2011) Best Debut Novel
Hugo Award (2014) Best Related Work
Hugo Award (2014) Best Fan Writer

Kameron Hurley is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. Hurley won the 2011 Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, presented by the British Fantasy Society, and the 2011 Kitschies for Best Debut Novel. Her work has also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the BSFA Award, and the Nebula Award; shortlisted for a Locus Award for Best First Novel; and made the Tiptree Award Honor List "for works of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore one's understanding of gender."


Hurley was born in Washington state and has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Durban, South Africa and Chicago. She currently resides in Dayton, Ohio.[1][2]

Hurley has been publishing short fiction since 1998,[3] and has been writing novels since 2010.[4] Hurley writes occasional columns for Locus magazine about the craft and business of fiction writing.[5] Hurley is a graduate of Clarion West.[6]

Her first novel trilogy, the Bel Dame Apocrypha, is what Hurley called "bugpunk": set on a far-future desert planet whose technology is based on insects and whose matriarchal, Islam-inspired cultures are locked in perpetual war. Her second trilogy, the Worldbreaker Saga, is grimdark epic fantasy that aims to subvert the genre's tropes such as the hero's journey.[7] She has also published a standalone space opera novel, The Stars are Legion.[8]

Her first nonfiction book, the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, was published in 2016.[9]


In 2011, Hurley's work God’s War (part of the Bel Dame Apocrypha series)[4] won the Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration – Paperback and the Golden Tentacle Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel.[10]

In 2012, Hurley won the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award.[11]

In August 2014, she won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer, and her May 2013 essay "'We Have Always Fought': Challenging the 'Women, Cattle and Slaves' Narrative" won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work.[12][13][14] Also in 2014, Hurley's novel "God's War" was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award [15] and the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) award.[16]

In 2020, Hurley's novel The Light Brigade was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel[17] and shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.[18]



  • The Stars Are Legion (2017)[19][20]
  • The Light Brigade (2019)

The Bel Dame Apocrypha[edit]

  1. God’s War (2010)[4](2012, Nebula Award for Best Novel nominee)
  2. Infidel (2011)[4]
  3. Rapture (2012)[4]
Related short fiction
  • "The Seams Between the Stars" (2011) (short story)[4]
  • "Afterbirth" (2011) (short story);[4] prequel to God's War [21]
  • The Body Project (2014) (novelette)[4]
  • Apocalypse Nyx (2018) (collection)

Worldbreaker Saga[edit]

  1. The Mirror Empire (2014)[22]
  2. Empire Ascendant (2015)
  3. The Broken Heavens (January 2020)

Short fiction[edit]

  • Brutal Women (2010)
  • Apocalypse Nyx (2018)
  • Meet Me in the Future (2019)
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Brutal women 1998 "Brutal women". The Boundless Realm. 1998. Online journal



  1. ^ Hurley, Kameron. "About Page". Kameron Hurley. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  2. ^ Homesteading in Dayton, Ohio -- Kameron Hurley
  3. ^ Hurley, Kameron. "Bibliography". Kameron Hurley. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Bel Dame Apocrypha series". goodreads. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  5. ^ Hurley, Kameron. "Kameron Hurley columns". Locus.
  6. ^ Hurley, Kameron. "About Page". Kameron Hurley. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  7. ^ Moher, Aidan (4 February 2015). "50,000 Shades of Grey: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley". A Dribble of Ink. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Saga Press to Publish Kameron Hurley's Standalone Space Opera The Stars Are Legion". Tor.com. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  9. ^ Walter, Damien (27 May 2016). "Geek critique: Neil Gaiman and Kameron Hurley pick apart pop culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  10. ^ "The Kitschies 2011 Winners". Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  11. ^ Lunt, Phil (1 October 2012). "British Fantasy Awards 2012". Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  12. ^ Standlee, Kevin (August 17, 2014). "2014 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "2014 Hugo Award Statistics" (PDF). Loncon 3. August 17, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  14. ^ Taylor, Chris (August 18, 2014). "Game of Thrones beats Doctor Who at Hugo Awards". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  15. ^ Flood, Alison. "SF newcomers invade Arthur C Clarke award shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  16. ^ Flood, Alison. "BSFA awards shortlists look beyond 'usual roll call of male writers'". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  17. ^ "2020 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  18. ^ "Serpell wins 2020 Arthur C Clarke Award for 'The Old Drift'". Books+Publishing. 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  19. ^ Hurley, Kameron (7 February 2017). "The Stars Are Legion". Saga Press – via Amazon.
  20. ^ Wolfe, Gary K. (6 Feb 2017). "Kameron Hurley's all-woman space opera leads our science-fiction roundup". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Afterbirth (Bel Dame Apocrypha #0.6)". goodreads. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  22. ^ Hurley, Kameron (2014). "Worldbreaker Saga". Hurley. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  23. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.
  24. ^ "The Lowest Heaven anthology table of contents announced". Upcoming4.me. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-23.

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