Yoon Ha Lee

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Yoon Ha Lee
Born (1979-01-26) January 26, 1979 (age 42)
Houston, Texas
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable worksConservation of Shadows (short story collection), Ninefox Gambit (novel)

Yoon Ha Lee[1] (born January 26, 1979 in Houston, Texas) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer,[2] known for his Machineries of Empire space opera novels and his short fiction. His first novel, Ninefox Gambit, received the 2017 Locus Award for Best First Novel.


When he was young, Lee's Korean American family lived in both Texas and South Korea, where he attended high school at Seoul Foreign School, an English-language international school. He went to college at Cornell University, majoring in mathematics, and earned a master's degree in secondary mathematics education at Stanford University. He has worked as an analyst for an energy market intelligence company, done web design, and taught mathematics.[3]

Lee is a trans man and describes himself as queer.[4] He lives in Louisiana with his husband and daughter.[3]


Since his first sale in 1999, Lee has published short fiction in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed magazine and elsewhere. Three of his stories have been reprinted in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies. Dozois wrote that Lee is "one of those helping to move science fiction into the twenty-first century".[5]

In 2012, Lee wrote Winterstrike, a browser-based text adventure game, for Failbetter Games.

Aliette de Bodard wrote the introduction for Conservation of Shadows and has twice recommended one of Lee's stories in her best of year round-ups: she selected "Ghostweight" as a favorite of 2011[6] and "The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars" was chosen in her 2013 eligibility and recommendations post as "the one that most blew me away this year".[7] "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" and "Ghostweight" were both nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and Locus Award and were both reprinted in two "Year's Best" anthologies. "The Pirate Captain's Daughter" was nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award.[8]

His debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, received the 2017 Locus Award for Best First Novel.[9] It was also nominated for the 2016 Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel and the 2017 Clarke award.[10][11][12] Revenant Gun, the third novel in the Machineries of Empire series, was nominated for a 2019 Hugo Award.[13]



Machineries of Empire trilogy
  1. Ninefox Gambit, Solaris, 14 June 2016, ISBN 978-1781084496
  2. Raven Stratagem, Solaris, 13 June 2017, ISBN 978-1781085370
  3. Revenant Gun, Solaris, 12 June 2018, ISBN 978-1781086070
Other novels

Short fiction[edit]

Machineries of Empire prequels
Other short fiction


  1. ^ surname/family name: Lee, first name: Yoon, middle name : Ha
  2. ^ "Author Profile: Yoon Ha Lee". Tor.com. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  3. ^ a b Interview with Yoon Ha Lee at Locus Online, excerpt posted Sunday 7 September 2014
  4. ^ Exclusive Interview: Yoon Ha Lee on His OPERATION ARCANA Story “The Graphology of Hemorrhage”, by Kristin Centorcelli, in SF Signal; published March 11, 2015; retrieved November 18, 2015
  5. ^ Cover quote, Yoon Ha Lee, Conservation of Shadows. Prime Books, April 2013
  6. ^ de Bodard, Aliette (2012-01-04). "Ye obligatory eligibility post, plus asking for story recommendations". aliettedebodard.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  7. ^ de Bodard, Aliette (2014-01-06). "Awards eligibility and awards recommendations". aliettedebodard.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  8. ^ "Yoon Ha Lee". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  9. ^ "2017 Locus Awards Winners". www.locusmag.com. Locus Online News. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  10. ^ "SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! – The Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  11. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards – The Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  12. ^ "Clarke Award shortlists". The Arthur C. Clarke Award. 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  13. ^ "Hugo Finalists for 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retro Hugos". 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2019-04-02.

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