Malka Older

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Malka Older
May 2019
May 2019
Alma materHarvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Sciences Po
GenreScience fiction
Years active2015–present
Notable worksInfomocracy
RelativesDaniel José Older (brother)[1]

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

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


Older holds an undergraduate degree in literature from Harvard University, a master's degree in international relations and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, and a doctoral degree from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).[6] Her doctoral work explored the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami in Japan.[6]


Older is currently a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society.[6] She 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. Tor, 2017. ISBN 9780765399540, OCLC 1002493676
    • State Tectonics. Tor, 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
    • Orphan Black: The Next Chapter. Serial Box, 2019
  • Other Works

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. Archived from the original on 24 April 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "About". Malka Older. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  7. ^ Older, Malka (2021-05-19). "Malka Older: What We Believe About Our Institutions". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-10-15.
  8. ^ "Best Fiction of 2016 | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  9. ^ Hightower, Nancy (2016-11-16). "Best science fiction and fantasy of 2016". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  10. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2017-04-07.

External links[edit]

Official website