Naomi Novik

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Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik July08.jpg
Born (1973-04-30) April 30, 1973 (age 46)
New York, US
OccupationWriter, computer programmer
GenreHistorical fantasy/Alternate history
SubjectThe Napoleonic wars fought with dragons
SpouseCharles Ardai
ChildrenEvidence Novik Ardai

Naomi Novik (born 30 April 1973) is an American writer. She wrote the Temeraire fantasy/alternate history series of nine novels. Her first book, His Majesty's Dragon, won the 2007 Compton Crook Award for best first novel in the science fiction and fantasy category.[1] She was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2007, 2016, and 2019, [2] and won both the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in 2016 for Uprooted.[3][4]

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[citation needed], 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.[5]


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,[6] and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

In September 2006, Peter Jackson optioned the Temeraire series,[7] but the rights have since reverted to Novik.[8] 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.[9] The sixth book was released by Tantor Audio in September 2010, also read by Vance.[10]

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.[6]

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

Novik has also written Uprooted, a 2015 novel "set in a fantasy world inspired by the Kingdom of Poland",[11] which won the Nebula Award for Best Novel[3], the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel,[12] and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award[4]. The audiobook is narrated by Julia Emelin. Spinning Silver, a 2018 novel, is set in a similar fantasy world.

Charity work[edit]

Novik is an emeritus member of the board of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), a non-profit organization which she helped found[13] dedicated to the advancement of fan-media including fan fiction, fan videos (vids), and real-person fiction. The OTW project began in 2007.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Novik is married to the entrepreneur and writer Charles Ardai. They live in Manhattan.[5] They have one child, Evidence Novik Ardai, who was born in 2010.[15]


Standalone novels[edit]

  • Uprooted (May 2015, ISBN 0-804-17903-4)
  • Spinning Silver (July 2018, ISBN 978-1509899012)

Temeraire series[edit]

Year Title Series Notes
2006 Temeraire Temeraire US title: His Majesty's Dragon
Throne of Jade
Black Powder War
2007 Empire of Ivory
2008 Victory of Eagles
2010 Tongues of Serpents
2012 Crucible of Gold
2013 Blood of Tyrants
2016 League of Dragons
Omnibus edition

Short stories[edit]



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