Naomi Novik

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Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik July08.jpg
Born (1973-04-30) April 30, 1973 (age 44)
New York, US
Occupation Writer, computer programmer
Nationality American
Period Napoleonic Wars
Genre Historical fantasy/Alternate history
Subject The Napoleonic wars fought with dragons
Spouse Charles Ardai
Children Evidence Novik Ardai

Naomi Novik (born 30 April 1973) is an American writer. She is best known for her 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,[2] and won the Nebula award for best novel in 2016 for Uprooted.[3]

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.[4]


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

In September 2006, Peter Jackson optioned the Temeraire series.[6] 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.[7] The sixth book was released by Tantor Audio in September 2010, also read by Vance.[8]

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.[5]

In 2010 Novik said she plans to write a young-adult fantasy novel inspired by The Secret Garden.[9]

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

Novik has also written Uprooted, a novel "set in a fantasy world inspired by the Kingdom of Poland",[10] which won the Nebula award for best novel[3] and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.[11] The audiobook is narrated by Julia Emelin.

Charity work[edit]

Novik is an emeritus member of the board of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of fan-media including fan fiction, fan videos (vids), and real-person fiction. The OTW project began in 2007.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Novik is married to the entrepreneur and writer Charles Ardai. They live in Manhattan.[4] They have one child, Evidence Novik Ardai, who was born in 2010.[13]


Temeraire series[edit]

Novik has published nine books in the Temeraire series, completing what is expected to be its final volume.

  1. Temeraire (January 2006 [UK])
    • Published in the US as His Majesty's Dragon in March 2006
  2. Throne of Jade (April 2006, ISBN 0-345-48129-1)
  3. Black Powder War (May 2006, ISBN 0-345-48130-5)
  4. Empire of Ivory (September 2007, ISBN 0-345-49687-6)
  5. Victory of Eagles (July 2008, ISBN 0-345-49688-4)
  6. Tongues of Serpents (July 2010, ISBN 0-345-49689-2)
  7. Crucible of Gold (March 2012, ISBN 0-345-52286-9)
  8. Blood of Tyrants (August 2013, ISBN 0-345-52290-7)
  9. League of Dragons (14 June 2016, ISBN 978-0-345-52292-4)[14]

Omnibus edition[edit]


Short stories[edit]



  1. ^ Baltimore Science Fiction Society: Compton Crook Award Winners
  2. ^ Official Hugo Awards 2007 website Archived 2011-05-07 at WebCite
  3. ^ a b "Nebula Awards 2016 Winners". Locus. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  4. ^ a b Bosman, Julie (2006-10-11). "A New Writer Is Soaring on the Wings of a Dragon". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Peter Jackson enters dragons' den". The Guardian. 12 September 2006. 
  7. ^ "Books by Naomi Novik". 
  8. ^ "Tongues of Serpents". 
  9. ^ "Portland Phoenix interview with Naomi Novik". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. 
  10. ^ Speakman, Shawn (13 August 2013). "New Release Interview: Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik". 
  11. ^ "Locus Online News » 2016 Locus Awards Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  12. ^ "Homepage of the Organization for Transformative Works". 
  13. ^ "Temeraire Fanart Contest Results!". 
  14. ^ Amazon listing. "League of Dragons Temeraire book 9". Retrieved 19 June 2016. 

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