Malka Older

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Malka Older
May 2019
May 2019
Alma materHarvard University,
Johns Hopkins University
Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris
GenreScience fiction
Notable worksInfomocracy
Years active2015–present
RelativesDaniel José Older (brother)[1]

Malka Older is an author and humanitarian worker. She was named the 2015 Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and she has more than eight years' experience in humanitarian aid and development.[2]

Infomocracy, released in 2016, is her first novel, and is the first in the series The Centenal Cycle[3], which also included Null States, released in 2017[4] and State Tectonics in 2018, which won a Prometheus Award in 2019.[5]


Older earned an undergraduate degree in literature from Harvard University, and a Masters in international relations and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.[6] She is currently a PhD candidate: her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.[6]


Older has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development, ranging from field level experience as a Head of Office in Darfur to supporting global programs and agency-wide strategy as a disaster risk reduction technical specialist. In between, she has designed and implemented economic development initiatives in post-disaster context, supervised a large and diverse portfolio as Director of Programs in Indonesia, and responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali, in the last three as Team Leader.[6]


  • Centenal Cycle Trilogy
    • Infomocracy. Tor, 2016. ISBN 9780765385147, OCLC 951464733
    • Null States. Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. ISBN 9780765399540, OCLC 1002493676
    • State Tectonics. A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2018. ISBN 9780765399472, OCLC 1050141938
  • Ebooks
    • Tear Tracks. Tor, 2015
    • Trade Deal (Born to the Blade, Season 1 Episode 5). Serial Box, 2018
    • Assassination (Born to the Blade, Season 1 Episode 9). Serial Box, 2018
    • Ninth Step Station. Serial Box, 2019
    • Machina. Serial Box, 2020

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ Schnelbach, Leah (2016-06-10). "Malka Older and Daniel José Older Discuss Infomocracy, Cyberpunk, and the Future!". Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  2. ^ "Malka Older". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  3. ^ "Macmillan: Series: The Centenal Cycle". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  4. ^ "Null States | Malka Older |". Tor. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  5. ^ "The Best in Sci-Fi Books This Week (9/14/18)". 14 September 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "About". Malka Older. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  7. ^ "Best Fiction of 2016 | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  8. ^ Hightower, Nancy (2016-11-16). "Best science fiction and fantasy of 2016". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  9. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2017-04-07.