Zen Cho

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Zen Cho (born 1986) is a Malaysian fantasy author who lives and works in England. She was the joint winner of the IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award in 2015 for her short story collection Spirits Abroad.[1]


Cho has a law degree from Cambridge University, and she works as a lawyer in London.[2][3]

Cho's debut novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, was published in 2015.[3][4][5] It was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2016,[6] and in the same year, Cho won the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer.[7]

Her novelette "If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again", published by the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, won the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[8]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Spirits Abroad (Fixi Novo, short story collection, 2014)
  • Cyberpunk: Malaysia (Fixi Novo, editor of anthology, 2015)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown (Ace Books (US), Pan Macmillan (UK and Commonwealth), novel, 2015)[9]
  • The True Queen (Ace Books (US), Pan Macmillan (UK and Commonwealth), novel, 2019)[10]
  • The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water (Tor.com, novella, 2020)


  1. ^ "Cho and Feldman Win Crawford Award". Locus Online. Locus Publication. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Malaysian author Zen Cho: Forget critics, focus on the story". The Star. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Malaysian author's debut fantasy novel goes out to the world". The Straits Times. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ Berlin, Marina (20 November 2015). "Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Zen Cho: Tackling questions of race, gender and social justice in fantasy fiction". The Independent. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Locus Awards Winners". Locus. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2016". The British Fantasy Society. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  8. ^ "2019 Hugo Award & 1944 Retro Hugo Award Finalists". World Science Fiction Society. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  9. ^ Zen, Cho. "Books". Zen Cho. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  10. ^ "THE TRUE QUEEN by Zen Cho". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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