Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee is coming to ArmadilloCon!

Fonda Lee is a former corporate strategist and black belt martial artist residing in the Pacific Northwest. born March 10, 1979 in Calgary, Canada, where she grew up, and lived in Toronto and the San Francisco Bay Area before settling in Portland OR.

She is the author of the epic fantasy Green Bone Saga, which began with Jade City. 

“Lee’s Green Bone Saga is The Godfather with an Asian cast, Game of Thrones in a suit, tie and sunglasses. It has all the earmarks of a modern, international gangster epic juiced with boardroom intrigue, economic theory and swordfights.”

— Jason Sheehan, author and book critic, NPR Books We Love 2021

Jade City was shortlisted for the 2018 Sunburst Award (adult novel by a Canadian author), was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novel, was a finalist for the 2018 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, and won the 2018 World Fantasy Award. In 2020, Jade City was included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time. It was a finalist for the 2020 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards).

The second Green Bone novel, Jade War, was equally well received. It was an Aurora Award finalist, a Locus Award finalist, a Dragon Award finalist, and an Ignyte Award finalist.

Jade Legacy is a 2022 Locus Award finalist for Best Fantasy Novel, as well as a finalist for the 2022 Aurora Award for Best Novel.

The Green Bone Saga was selected for NPR’s 50 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Decade. The Green Bone Saga is on the ballot for the Hugo for Best Series (register and cast a vote!). In August 2020,  Deadline reported that the Green Bone Saga is in development as a television show at Peacock. Lee has gathered the Green Bone fan art into a beautiful and impressively large gallery.

Jade Legacy concludes the Green Bone Saga!

A new novella set in the Green Bone world, The Jade Setter of Janloon, is due out from Subterranean Press this fall. A limited edition print run sold out so quickly that the publisher decided to do a second printing of one thousand signed, unnumbered hardcovers. It’s available to pre-order and will ship in fall, 2022.

Another new novella, Untethered Sky, is coming from Tordotcom in 2023! Ester’s family was torn apart when a manticore killed her mother and baby brother, leaving her with nothing but her father’s painful silence and a single, overwhelming need to kill the monsters that took her family.

Lee has also written award-winning YA novels! Her debut young-adult novel, Zeroboxer, published by Flux Books, was nominated for the 2016 Andre Norton Award, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, VOYA’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and and was selected for many year’s best reading lists. Next came the Exo Duology. Honors for Exo included Aurora Award winner, Andre Norton Award finalist, Junior Library Guild Selection, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults. The second volume, Cross Fire, was a Locus Award finalist.

She also writes acclaimed short fiction. Most recently,  “The Eternal Cocktail Party of the Damned,” was released in Issue 46 (May/Jun 2022) of Uncanny Magazine. In 2019, she published a short piece, “Welcome to the Legion of Six,” was published on The Overcast. Another 2019 story, “I (28M) created a deepfake girlfriend and now my parents think we’re getting married“ (MIT Technology Review 12/27/19), was selected for Strahan’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 1: The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020 and was a 2020 Locus nominee for Best Story. In 2017, “Old Souls” was published in the anthology Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy. In 2016, the story “Spectral” appeared in Perihelion SF. “Universal Print” appeared in Crossed Genres Magazine (February 2015).

Lee has also tried her hand at comics. In 2019, she wrote several issues of Marvel’s Sword Master.

Fonda Lee has been an instructor at writing workshops including Viable Paradise and Clarion West.

Visit: Fonda Lee’s website

Read: 2018 Interview in Locus

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