Tamsyn Muir

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Tamsyn Muir
Tamsyn Muir at BookExpo (15987).jpg
Born (1985-03-14) 14 March 1985 (age 36)
New South Wales, Australia
GenreFantasy, science fiction, horror

Tamsyn Muir (born 14 March 1985) is a New Zealand author of fantasy, science fiction and horror. She has been nominated for several awards, and her first novel, Gideon the Ninth, was published in 2019.


Muir was born March 14, 1985, in New South Wales, Australia. She moved to New Zealand when she was nine months old, and grew up in Howick, New Zealand.[1][2] In 2010, she earned a degree in education.[1] She is also a 2010 graduate of the Clarion Workshop.[3] She currently lives and works in Oxford, United Kingdom with her husband, Matt Hosty,[4][5][6] who she married in 2014.[7][8] As of 2020, Muir identified as a lesbian.[9][10] In an interview with Vox's Constance Grady, Muir said that she is a Catholic.[11]


Muir's short story "The Deepwater Bride", published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 2015, was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novelette,[12] the World Fantasy Award—Short Fiction,[13] the Eugie Award[14] and the Shirley Jackson Award for best novelette.[15]

Gideon the Ninth, Muir's first novel and the first book of the Locked Tomb series, was published in 2019. It was awarded the 2020 Locus Award for Best First Novel and the 2020 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel. It finished third in the Goodreads Choice Awards for best science fiction in 2019.[16] The front cover blurb by Charles Stross describes the story as "Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!".[17] Constance Grady notes: "Throughout, Muir’s prose is sleek and compulsively readable. She has a genius for sliding her voice seamlessly from Lovecraftian gothic mode into a slangy contemporary mode without ever undercutting one or the other for cheap comedy. Instead, the contemporary mode makes the cast of characters feel familiar and recognizable, the Lovecraftian horror makes the world feel expansive and terrifying, and the slippage between both powers the book forward."[17] Jason Sheehan said: "Gideon the Ninth is too funny to be horror, too gooey to be science fiction, has too many spaceships and autodoors to be fantasy, and has far more bloody dismemberings than your average parlor romance. It is altogether its own thing — brilliantly original, messy and weird straight through."[18]

The second book in the series, Harrow the Ninth, was published in August 2020,[19] and is a finalist for the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[20] It will be followed by Nona the Ninth in 2022 and Alecto the Ninth in 2023.[21]

After the Locked Tomb books, Tor will be publishing Muir's cyberpunk western novella trilogy beginning with Go Marching In, as well as two other books.[22]


The Locked Tomb[edit]

  1. Gideon the Ninth. Tor Books. 2019. ISBN 9781250313195.
  2. Harrow the Ninth. Tor Books. 2020. ISBN 9781250313225.
  3. Nona the Ninth. Tor Books. 2022.
  4. Alecto the Ninth. Tor Books. 2023.


  1. Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower. Subterranean Press. 2020. ISBN 978-159606-992-3.

Short stories[edit]

  • "The House That Made the Sixteen Loops of Time" (2011) [23]
  • "The Magician's Apprentice" (2012) [24]
  • "Chew" (2013) [25]
  • "The Deepwater Bride" (2015) [26]
  • "Union" (2015)[27]
  • "The Woman in the Hill" (2016)[28]
  • "The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex" (2020)[29]

Webcomics and graphic novels[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b locusmag (13 April 2020). "Tamsyn Muir: Blood Words". Locus Online. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ "An Interview with Tamsyn Muir". The Fantasy Inn. 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ "San Diego Alumni". Clarion Workshop. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ Muir, Tamsyn (2019). Gideon the Ninth. Tor.com. p. 630. ASIN B07J6HWLPR.
  5. ^ MARTHA [@martha_again] (5 October 2014). "@tazmuir "married yesterday, taz muir and matt hosty. 10 injured, 3 dead. reports still coming in on the extent of the damage"" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 July 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Dr Matthew Hosty". St John's College. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Tamsyn Muir". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  8. ^ Muir, Tamsyn. "one year ago I got married!". Twitter. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Q&A: Tamsyn Muir, Author of 'Gideon The Ninth'". The Nerd Daily. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Tamsyn Muir Interview: "There is a lot of blood on my dance floor."". Three Crows Magazine. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  11. ^ Grady, Constance (5 February 2021). "Tamsyn Muir interview: The author of Gideon the Ninth explains herself". Vox.
  12. ^ "Nebula Awards 2016". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus. Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  13. ^ "World Fantasy Awards 2016". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  14. ^ "2016 Eugie Award Finalists". Locus. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  15. ^ "2015 Shirley Jackson Award winners". The Shirley Jackson Awards. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Best Science Fiction". Goodreads. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  17. ^ a b Grady, Constance (10 September 2019). "Gideon the Ninth is about lesbian necromancers in space. Obviously, it's perfect". Vox. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  18. ^ Sheehan, Jason (9 September 2019). "Smart, Snarky 'Gideon The Ninth' Swears Her Way Through The Stars". NPR. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  19. ^ Publishing, Tor com. "Harrow the Ninth". Tordotcom Publishing. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  20. ^ "2021 Hugo Awards".
  21. ^ "Announcing Nona the Ninth, a New Addition to The Locked Tomb Series From Tamsyn Muir!". Tor.com. 30 July 2021.
  22. ^ Colyard, K.W. (20 October 2020). "Tamsyn Muir Is Ready To Write About Cyberpunk Lesbian Gunslingers". Bustle.
  23. ^ "The House That Made the Sixteen Loops of Time". Fantasy Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  24. ^ "The Magician's Apprentice". Lightspeed Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  25. ^ "Chew". Nightmare Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  26. ^ The Deepwater Bride. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2015.
  27. ^ "Union". Clarkesworld Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  28. ^ "The Woman in the Hill". Nightmare Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  29. ^ "The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex". Tor.com. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  30. ^ "ABOUT". apotheciacomic.tumblr.com. Retrieved 30 September 2020.