Seth Dickinson

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Seth Dickinson
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Chicago
Genre Hard fantasy
Notable works The Traitor Baru Cormorant (2015)
Website
www.sethdickinson.com

Seth Dickinson is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, known for his 2015 debut novel The Traitor Baru Cormorant.

Career[edit]

Dickinson graduated from the University of Chicago, where he won the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing in 2011 for his short story "The Immaculate Conception of Private Ritter".[1] He has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others.[2] He also contributed writing to video games, including Destiny: The Taken King (2015).[3]

His début novel The Traitor Baru Cormorant, a hard fantasy expansion of a 2011 short story, is about a brilliant young woman who, educated in the schools of the imperial power that subjugated her homeland, sets out to gain power to subvert the empire from within. It was published in September 2015 and was well received by critics. Publishers Weekly appreciated the "seductively complex", ambitious worldbuilding and the "subtle language" of Dickinson's "compelling, utterly surprising narrative".[4] Niall Alexander, writing for Tor.com, characterized the novel as "one of 2015's very finest fantasies" and as "clever and subversive" in the vein of K. J. Parker's best works, highlighting its "intricately crafted narrative and character".[5] At NPR, Amal El-Mohtar praised the "crucial, necessary" novel for its brutality in looking "unflinchingly into the self-replicating virus of empire", noting in particular the unexpectedly "viscerally riveting" portrayal of economic conflict.[6] Dickinson has blogged about addressing issues around gender and feminism, race and homosexuality, as well as imperialism in the world of Baru Cormorant.[7]

Dickinson completed the draft of a sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant,[8] in July 2017,[9] submitting a manuscript of 1,104 pages.[10] The final version to be published in 2018 will comprise half of this material, with the remainder to be published as the third novel out of a planned four.[11]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

The Masquerade series
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant, 15 September 2015, Tor Books, ISBN 978-0765380722. Published as The Traitor in the UK. Based on the short story "The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, and Their Wounds" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2011).
  • The Monster Baru Cormorant, forthcoming 30 October 2018
  • Two more novels, forthcoming[12]

Short fiction[edit]

  • "Worth of Crows" (2012)
  • "Cronus and the Ships" (2013)
  • "A Plant (Whose Name is Destroyed)" (2013)
  • "Never Dreaming (In Four Burns)" (2013)
  • "Testimony Before an Emergency Session of The Naval Cephalopod Command" (2013)
  • "Morrigan in the Sunglare" (2014)
  • "Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation" (2014)
  • "Kumara" (2014)
  • "Our Fire, Given Freely" (2014)
  • "A Tank Only Fears Four Things" (2014)
  • "Anna Saves Them All" (2014)
  • "Economies of Force" (2014)
  • "Wizard, Cabalist, Ascendant" (2014)
  • "Three Bodies at Mitanni" (2015)
  • "Morrigan in Shadow" (2015)

Writing for video games[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Winners". Dell Award. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Seth Dickinson". Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "About". Seth Dickinson. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Traitor Baru Cormorant". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Alexander, Niall (14 September 2015). "The Masquerade: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson". Tor.com. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  6. ^ El-Mohtar, Amal (27 September 2015). "Baru Cormorant Will Catch You Unawares". NPR. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "The secret design of The Traitor Baru Cormorant". Seth Dickinson's blog. November 24, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Seth Dickinson [@sethjdickinson] (December 10, 2015). "14,000 words into another full draft of The Monster Baru Cormorant. I feel good! Maybe this will be the one!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 11, 2015 – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ Seth Dickinson [@sethjdickinson] (July 1, 2017). "The rough draft of The Monster Baru Cormorant is done and I'll hit my editor with it on Monday" (Tweet). Retrieved July 1, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ Palmieri, Marco (8 July 2017). "*opens file**skips to last page**face melts**closes file*". @mxpalmieri. Twitter. 
  11. ^ Lee, Yoon Ha (25 April 2018). "The Monster Baru Cormorant (ARC)". yhlee.dreamwidth.org. Retrieved 26 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Seth Dickinson's Baru Cormorant Series Gets A Fourth Novel". Tor.com. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.