Rebecca Roanhorse

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Rebecca Roanhorse (born 1971) is a fantasy writer from New Mexico. Her story "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™" won both the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and the Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 2018, and she won the 2018 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


Rebecca Roanhorse was born in Conway, Arkansas, and is of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo/African-American heritage, and was raised in Fort Worth, Texas.[1] She graduated and received a B.A in Religious Studies from Yale University and an M.A in Theology from the Union Theological Seminary[2]. She also holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico. She also attended the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation workshop. Roanhorse is married and has a daughter.[3]


Roanhorse's short story "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™" (Apex Magazine 2017) was nominated for a Sturgeon Award and was a finalist for the Locus Award, and won both the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and the Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 2018.[4][5] LeVar Burton read this story on his LeVar Burton Reads podcast in 2018.[6] Roanhorse's autobiographical essay "Postcards from the Apocalypse" explores the subject of Indigenous Futurism.[3][7][8]

Her first novel, Trail of Lightning[9], was published in 2018. It is an "apocalyptic adventure" set on a former Navajo reservation, with mostly Navajo characters.[10][11] The next book in the series, Storm of Locusts, is scheduled for a 2019 release.[12][13] She is also the author of a children's book, Race to the Sun (forthcoming, 2019). Another fantasy title, Between Earth and Sky, has been announced for 2020.[10]


  1. ^ "Rebecca Roanhorse: From Legend to Fantasy" Locus Magazine (September 17, 2018).
  2. ^ "Rebecca Roanhorse: From Legend to Fantasy". Locus Online.
  3. ^ a b Kerry Lengel, "Navajo legends come to life in Rebecca Roanhorse's debut novel 'Trail of Lightning'" AZ Central (June 22, 2018).
  4. ^ "Rebecca Roanhorse" Nebula Awards website.
  5. ^ Jason Sizemore, "Rebecca Roanhorse picks up a Sturgeon Award nomination" Apex Magazine (April 18, 2018).
  6. ^ "Rebecca Roanhorse on Which Aspects of Diné Culture Are Featured in Trail of Lightning" (July 20, 2018).
  7. ^ Rebecca Roanhorse, "Postcards from the Apocalypse" Uncanny Magazine (2018).
  8. ^ Grace L. Dillon, ed., Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (University of Arizona Press 2012). ISBN 9780816529827
  9. ^ Trail of Lightning. 2018-06-26. ISBN 9781534413498.
  10. ^ a b Debra Krol, "Nebula Award Winning Author Rebecca Roanhorse is Indigenizing the Future of Science Fiction and Fantasy" (June 27, 2018).
  11. ^ Amal El-Mohtar, "Otherworldly: These heart-hammering thrillers take readers to some very dark places" New York Times (June 24, 2018): SS1-17. via ProQuest
  12. ^ Joel Cunningham, "Debut Author Rebecca Roanhorse Answers 5 Questions About Her Apocalyptic Native American Fantasy Trail of Lightning" B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog (January 12, 2018).
  13. ^ Andrew Liptak, "Trail of Lightning is a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure" The Verge (June 26, 2018).

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