Yoon Ha Lee

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Yoon Ha Lee
Born (1979-01-26) January 26, 1979 (age 38)
Houston, Texas
Occupation writer
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Notable works Conservation of Shadows (short story collection), Ninefox Gambit (novel)

Yoon Ha Lee (born January 26, 1979 in Houston, Texas) is a Korean American science fiction and fantasy writer.[1]

When he was young, his 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.[2]

Since his first sale in 1999, he has published short fiction in 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".[3]

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[4] 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".[5] "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.[6]

His debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, received the 2017 Locus Award for Best First Novel.[7] It was also nominated for the 2016 Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel and the 2017 Clarke award.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Lee is a trans man and describes himself as queer.[11] He lives in Louisiana with his husband and daughter.[2]


Conservation of Shadows
Author Yoon Ha Lee
Cover artist Sherin Nicole
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Publisher Prime Books
Publication date
16 April 2013
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 329
ISBN 978-1-60701-387-7

Lee's first novel, Ninefox Gambit, was published in 2016. Raven Stratagem, the second novel of the Machineries of Empire trilogy, was released in June 2017. In addition, he has written over forty short stories, many of which are collected in his first book, Conservation of Shadows:


  1. ^ "Author Profile: Yoon Ha Lee". Tor.com. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  2. ^ a b Interview with Yoon Ha Lee at Locus Online, excerpt posted Sunday 7 September 2014
  3. ^ Cover quote, Yoon Ha Lee, Conservation of Shadows. Prime Books, April 2013
  4. ^ de Bodard, Aliette (2012-01-04). "Ye obligatory eligibility post, plus asking for story recommendations". aliettedebodard.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  5. ^ de Bodard, Aliette (2014-01-06). "Awards eligibility and awards recommendations". aliettedebodard.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Yoon Ha Lee". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  7. ^ "2017 Locus Awards Winners". www.locusmag.com. Locus Online News. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  8. ^ "SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! – The Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  9. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards – The Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Clarke Award shortlists". The Arthur C. Clarke Award. 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  11. ^ 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

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