Tade Thompson

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Tade Thompson
BornTade Thompson
London, United Kingdom
OccupationWriter, psychiatrist
Period2005 - Present
GenreScience fiction, Horror
Notable work
Notable awards

Tade Thompson is a British-born Nigerian psychiatrist best known for his science fiction novels.

Life and career[edit]

Thompson was born in London to Yoruba parents. His family left the United Kingdom for Nigeria in 1976, when Thompson was seven. He grew up in Nigeria, where he studied medicine and social anthropology. He went on to specialise in psychiatry. He returned to the UK in 1998, where he has remained except for a year spent working in Samoa. He now lives on the south coast of England.[1][2][3]

His novels and short stories have been critically received. Thompson is a Nommo Award and a Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award winner. He is a John W. Campbell Award finalist as well as nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Science Fiction Award, and the Nommo Award.[3][1][2][4][5][6][7] Thompson is also an illustrator and artist.[8][9][10] His novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne has been optioned for screen adaptation.[1][11]

His novel Rosewater, the first book in the Wormwood trilogy set in Nigeria won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 2019.[12]



The Wormwood Trilogy[edit]

  • Rosewater (2016, revised version 2018)[13]
  • The Rosewater Insurrection (2019)
  • The Rosewater Redemption (2019)


  • Making Wolf (2015)
  • Far from the Light of Heaven (October 2021)

Novellas and short fiction[edit]

The Molly Southbourne Trilogy[edit]


  • "The McMahon Institute for Unquiet Minds" (2005)
  • "Slip Road" (2009)
  • "Shadow" (2010)
  • "Notes from Gethsemane" (2012)
  • "Bicycle Girl" (2013)
  • "One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sunlight" (2013)
  • "Slip Road" (revised) (2014)
  • "Budo or, The Flying Orchid" (2014)
  • "The Monkey House" (2015)
  • "Child, Funeral, Thief, Death" (2015)
  • "The Last Pantheon" (2015) (with Nick Wood)
  • "Decommissioned" (2016)
  • "Household Gods" (2016)
  • "The Apologists" (2016)
  • "Gnaw" (2016)
  • "Bootblack" (2017)
  • "Yard Dog" (2018)


  • "Komolafe" (2013)


  • "The Last Word on the Last Pantheon" (2016) (with Nick Wood)
  • "Please Stop Talking about the 'Rise' of African Science Fiction" (2018)

Other work[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "C&W Agency". cwagency.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b "Tade Thompson | Authors | Macmillan". US Macmillan.
  3. ^ a b "Tade Thompson". Strange Horizons. 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Summary Bibliography: Tade Thompson". www.isfdb.org.
  5. ^ "Rosewater".
  6. ^ "sfadb : Tade Thompson Awards". www.sfadb.com.
  7. ^ "BSFA London Meetings: Interview with Tade Thompson". 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ Roberts, Adam (4 October 2018). "Rosewater by Tade Thompson review – a stellar SF debut". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Brown, Eric (15 January 2016). "The best science fiction novels – review roundup". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Flood, Alison (8 March 2016). "Margaret Atwood wins Kitschies Red Tentacle award for The Heart Goes Last". The Guardian.
  11. ^ "Interview: Tade Thompson - Lightspeed Magazine". Lightspeed Magazine. 24 October 2017.
  12. ^ Cain, Sian (17 July 2019). "Tade Thompson's 'gritty' alien invasion tale wins Arthur C Clarke award". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Tade Thompson (5 September 2018). "Author Interview: Tade Thompson on Rosewater". The Illustrated Page.

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