N. K. Jemisin

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N. K. Jemisin
Born Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Pen name N. K. Jemisin
Occupation Novelist, psychologist, career counselor
Language English
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

N. K. Jemisin (born September 19, 1972) is an American speculative fiction writer and blogger. Her fiction explores a wide variety of themes, including cultural conflict and oppression.[1] In 2010, Jemisin's short story Non-Zero Probabilities was a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Best Short Story Awards.

Jemisin's debut novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award, and short-listed for the James Tiptree Jr. Award. In 2011, it was nominated for the Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award,[2] and Locus Award, winning the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel.[3] The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms also won the Sense of Gender Awards in 2011.

In 2016, N. K. Jemisin's novel The Fifth Season won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Early life

N. K. Jemisin was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in New York City and Mobile, Alabama. She lived in Massachusetts for ten years and then moved to New York City.[4] Jemisin attended Tulane University from 1990 to 1994, where she received a B.S. in psychology.[4] She went on to earn her Master of Education from the University of Maryland College Park.


A graduate of the 2002 Viable Paradise writing workshop,[5] Jemisin has published a number of short stories and completed several novels. Jemisin was a member of the Boston-area writing group BRAWLers,[6] and is a member of Altered Fluid, a speculative fiction critique group.[6]

She was a co-Guest of Honor of the 2014 WisCon science fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin.[7] She was the Author Guest of Honor at Arisia 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.[8]

During her delivery of the Guest of Honour speech at the 2013 Continuum in Australia, Jemisin pointed out that 10% of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) membership voted for alt-right writer Theodore Beale (also known as Vox Day) in his bid for the SFWA presidential position. She went on to call Beale "racist, misogynistic, and hateful" and noted that silence about these issues was the same as enabling them. Beale responded by calling her an "educated but ignorant savage."[9] A link to his comments was tweeted on the SFWA Authors Twitter feed, and Beale was subsequently expelled from the organization.[10]

In May 2016, Jemisin mounted a Patreon campaign which raised sufficient funding to allow her to quit her job as a counseling psychologist and focus full-time on her writing.[11]

Personal life

Jemisin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York,[12] along with her cat King Ozymandias (Ozzy).



  • Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best Fantasy Novel 2010 (The Broken Kingdoms)
  • Locus Award, Best First Novel 2011 (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
  • Sense of Gender Award, 2011 (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
  • Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best Fantasy Novel 2012 (The Shadowed Sun)
  • Hugo Award, Best Novel 2016 (The Fifth Season)[11][13]




A novella entitled The Awakened Kingdom set in the Inheritance trilogy was released along with an omnibus of the trilogy on December 9, 2014.[18]

A triptych entitled Shades in Shadow was released July 28, 2015. It contained three short stories, including a prequel to the trilogy.[19]

Dreamblood series

The Broken Earth series

Short stories

  • "L'Alchimista", published in Scattered, Covered, Smothered, Two Cranes Press, 2004. Winner of an Honorable Mention from The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 18th collection. Also available as an Escape Pod episode
  • "Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows", Ideomancer, 2004.
  • "Cloud Dragon Skies", Strange Horizons, 2005. Also an Escape Pod episode
  • "Red Riding-Hood's Child", Fishnet, 2005.
  • "The You Train", Strange Horizons, 2007.
  • "Bittersweet", Abyss & Apex Magazine, 2007.
  • "The Narcomancer", Helix, reprinted in Transcriptase, 2007.
  • "The Brides of Heaven", Helix, reprinted in Transcriptase, 2007.
  • "Playing Nice With God's Bowling Ball", Baen's Universe, 2008.
  • "The Dancer's War", published in Like Twin Stars: Bisexual Erotic Stories, Circlet Press, 2009.
  • "Non-Zero Probabilities", Clarkesworld Magazine, 2009.
  • "Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints in the City Beneath the Still Waters", Postscripts, 2010.
  • "On the Banks of the River Lex", Clarkesworld Magazine, 11/2010
  • "The Effluent Engine", published in Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, Torquere Press, 2011
  • "The Trojan Girl", Weird Tales, 2011
  • "Valedictorian," published in After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, Hyperion Book CH, 2012



  1. "An Interview With N.K. Jemisin on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms". Orbit Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "World Fantasy Nominees and Lifetime Achievement Winners". Locus Online News. 28 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Locus Awards 2011 Winners". Locus Online.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "N.K. Jemisin: Rites of Passage". Locus Magazine. 18 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "N.K. Jemisin: Rites of Passage". Locus. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Jones, Jeremy L. C. "Even the Best Stories Have Flaws: Inside Altered Fluid". Clarkesworld Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Announcing WisCon 38's Guests of Honor: Hiromi Goto and N.K. Jemisin" A Momentary Taste of WisCon 37 (Elizabeth Stone, ed.) Issue #4 (May 26, 2013), p. 2
  8. "Guest of Honor Bios". Arisia 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. El-Mohtar, Amal (13 June 2013). "Calling for the Expulsion of Theodore Beale from SFWA". Retrieved 14 Jan 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "SFWA Board Votes to Expel Beale". Locus. 14 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Kehe, Jason (7 June 2016). "WIRED Book Club: Fantasy Writer N.K. Jemisin on the Weird Dreams That Fuel Her Stories". Wired. Retrieved 7 September 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Payne, Marshall (28 June 2011). "Nebula Awards 2010 Interview: N.K. Jemisin". SFWA. Retrieved 14 Jan 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "2016 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 13 October 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "William L. Crawford – IAFA Fantasy Award 2011". Retrieved 7 September 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! – The Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-03-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "2017 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2017-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "The Inheritance Trilogy". Nkjemisin.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "So, about that Seekrit Project I've been working on…". Nkjemisin.com. 30 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Now it can be told!". Nkjemisin.com. 25 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Das, Indrapramit (2 May 2012). "In Dreams: N.K. Jemisin's The Killing Moon". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Jemisin, N. K.; Valentine, Genevieve; San Juan, Eric; Hasan, Zaki (2011). Segal, Stephen H., ed. Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture. Quirk Books. ISBN 9781594745270.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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