Nalo Hopkinson presenting a Hugo Award at Worldcon 2017 in Helsinki (Photo: Sanna Pudas)
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the acclaimed Nalo Hopkinson spent her
childhood in Trinidad and Guyana before her family moved to Toronto
when she was sixteen. Her groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy,
noted for diverse characters and the mixture of folklore, include the
novels Brown Girl in the Ring
The Salt Roads (2003),
The New Moon’s Arms (2007),
The Chaos (2012),
and Sister Mine (2013).
Hopkinson’s shorter workers has been collected in Skin Folk
(2001), Report from
Planet Midnight (2012)
and FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS (2015).
As an editor,
Hopkinson has worked on many publications including Whispers from
the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction
Conjure Stories (2003),
So Long Been Dreaming (with Uppinder Mehan; 2004), Tesseracts
9 (with Geoff Ryman; 2005), , People of Colo(U)R
Destroy Science Fiction! (with Kristine Ong Muslim; 2016), and
Beginning with her
first novel Brown Girl in the Ring
winning the Warner Aspect First Novel contest, Hopkinson has garnered
numerous awards. Brown Girl also won a 1999 Locus Award and
that same year, the author herself won the John W. Campbell Award for
Best New Writer. Her second novel Midnight Robber was a 2000
New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Skin Folk won
the 2003 World Fantasy and Sunburst Awards as well as 2004 Gaylactic
Spectrum Award (for GLBTQ themes in science fiction and fantasy). The
New Moon’s Arms received the 2008 Sunburst and Prix Aurora
Awards. Hopkinson’s superior editing skills were acknowledged with
the 2006 Prix Aurora Award for Tesseracts 9 and a British
Fantasy Award for People of Colo(U)R Destroy Science
movie Brown Girl Begins, directed and written by
Sharon Lewis, serves a prequel to Brown Girl in the
Ring. The acclaimed film garnered several awards including
IndieFEST Film Award and Houston Black Film Festival Prize.
teaches in the Creative Writing department at the University of
California, Riverside. In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctor of
Letters from Anglia Ruskin University.
All of us at Tachyon wish the extraordinary Nalo Hopkinson a happy birthday. May those incredible and insightful folktales keep flowing!
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