UPDATED! List: 130+ Asian Speculative Fiction Authors (with links)

Updated to add suggestions from the comments/email/Twitter. All authors mentioned prior to 4/3/2014 now included. If you’re not on this list but should be, or you’re on it but want me to link to a more recent story or current website, please comment below.

I’ve been wanting to expand my reading to include more international speculative fiction, and more non-white American authors. I am privileged to know a couple of brilliant writers who also happen to be Asian, and that seemed a good place to start my reading*. I put together a list of work I’d been meaning to explore, and then solicited ideas from Twitter and the SFWA forums. Most people suggested the same couple of names over and over again… while it’s, honestly, wonderful that we’ve reached a point in SF/F where these authors are being read and discussed at all, there’s so much more diversity in our fiction, if we just look for it. There’s almostover a hundred and thirty published writers on this list, and I know it isn’t everyone.

The authors are listed alphabetically by given name, so the list doesn’t imply hierarchy. I also didn’t sort by ancestry, current geographic location, or place of birth (though I noted it where it’s listed in author bios**), because the writers listed here have placed varying degrees of importance on those facts. Some work in American tropes, subverting the “classic” science fiction of the 50s, while others retell the myths of their homeland in new and unique ways. Some look to the future, extrapolating possibilities from their own experiences. There’s no one style, structure, or emotional context that can be called “Asian writing”. What these authors have in common is that they’re all of Asian descent, and they all write speculative fiction***. These authors write primarily in English—I’ve included a few translated works, but I can’t vouch for the authenticity of voice, so I tried to choose English-language stories wherever possible.

I want to thank Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, Crossed Genres Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Giganotosaurus, The World SF Blog, and Daily Science Fiction for repeatedly publishing these authors. Looking for diversity in short speculative fiction? Look to those publications. (Or my own, Lakeside Circus.) When I could find it, I’ve linked to the author’s Twitter, website, blog, list of publications, and/or a sample short story. I’ve also noted if the author works primarily in YA or MG fiction.

    1. Aditya Bidikar (Indian, shorts) story: “You Cannot Fight the WarWorld SF blog
    2. Alec Austin (Chinese-American, shorts) twitter website story: “Brief Interviews with TherianthropesDaily Science Fiction
    3. Alice Sola Kim (shorts) website publications story: “Hwang’s Brilliant DaughtersLightspeed
    4. Alliete de Bodard (French/Vietnamese, shorts stories/novels, Nebula and BFSA winner) twitter website publications story: “The Weight of a Blessing” Clarkesworld
    5. Alexander Osias (Filipino, shorts) G+ twitter
    6. Apol Lejano-Massebieau (Filipino, shorts) story: “The Sewing Project” Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009
    7. Amish Tripathi (Indian, novels) twitter
    8. Amitav Ghosh (Indian, novels, Arthur C. Clark award, Man Booker shortlist) website publications blog
    9. Andrew Drilon (Filipino, shorts/comics/editing) blog
    10. Andrew Fukuda (Chinese/Japanese, novels) (YA) twitter website blog
    11. Andrew Vu website twitter facebook
    12. Anil Menon (Indian, shorts/novels/editing) website blog story: “ArchipelagoStrange Horizons
    13. Ashok Banker (Indian, novels) wikipedia
    14. Benjanun “Bee” Sriduangkaew (shorts) twitter blog story: “AnnexClarkesworld
    15. Brenda “B.W.” Clough (shorts/novels, Hugo and Nebula nominee) website publications
    16. Bryan Thao Worra (Laotian-American, shorts/poems) twitter blog poem: “No Such PhiLakeside Circus
    17. Budjette Tan (Filipino, comics/shorts, Philippine National Book Award winner) twitter blog story: “The Last Full ShowAlternative Alamat
    18. Camsy Ocumen (Filipino, shorts) story: “The Day the World Lost Its Gravity” Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009
    19. Cecelia Manguerra Brainard (Filipino-American, novels/shorts/editing) website wiki
    20. Cecilia Tan (novelist, editing, shorts ) twitter website publications free fiction (sample chapters/serials)
    21. Celestine Trinidad (Filipino, shorts) story: “Under a Mound of Earth, part 1Philippine Genre Stories
    22. Charles Tan (Filipino, shorts/editing) twitter blog publications story: “The Fortunes of Mrs. Yu” The Dragon and the Stars”
    23. Charles Yu (shorts/novels, John W. Campbell nominee) twitter
    24. Chitra Divakaruni (Indian-American, shorts/novels/poems, Pushcart prize) website blog
    25. Cindy Pon (Taiwanese, novels) (YA) twitter website blog sample: first 70 pages of Silver Phoenix
    26. Claire Light (Chinese, shorts) website blog publications story: “The Apocalypse ArtistStretcher
    27. Crystal Koo (shorts, lectures) website twitter publications story: “HeartlandAbyss & Apex
    28. Dean Francis Alfar (Filipino, shorts/novels/plays/editing) twitter wiki story: “The New Daughter” Philippine Genre Stories”
    29. Derwin Mak (Chinese-Canadian, shorts/novels/editing Aurora award) twitter website publications blog novella: “Kleinheimat
    30. Dinesh Rao (Indian, shorts) blog story: “The Portal PlagueThe World SF Blog
    31. Don Pizarro (Filipino-American, shorts/editing) twitter website publications story: “Combat Stress ReactionCrossed Genres Magazine
    32. Dwight Okada (novels) website
    33. Dung Kai-Cheung (Chinese, novels/plays) bio
    34. E. Lily Yu (shorts/poems, John W. Campbell award, Hugo/Nebula/WFA nominee) website publications story: “The Urashima EffectClarkesworld
    35. E.C. Myers (Korean-German-American, novels/shorts, Andre Norton winner) (YA) twitter websitepublications
    36. E.L. Chen (Chinese-Canadian) website
    37. EeLeen Lee (Malaysian, shorts) twitter blog publications story: “Future GardensFutura
    38. EK Gonzales (Filipino, shorts) blog publications story: “Last Stand at Ayala CenterPhilippine Genre Stories
    39. Elbert Or (Filipino, shorts) website twitter
    40. Eliza Victoria (Filipino, shorts/poems) twitter website publications story: “Fairy TalesDaily Science Fiction
    41. Ellen Oh (Korean-American, novels) (YA) twitter website publications blog
    42. Elsie Chapman (YA) twitter website publications blog
    43. Emily Jiang (Chinese, shorts/poems) twitter website publications story: “The Binding of Ming-tianApex Magazine
    44. Eric Choi (shorts/editing, Aurora award) website publications
    45. Eric Kotani (penname of Yoji Kondo, shorts) publications
    46. Erin Hoffman (shorts/novels) website blog story: “Darkest AmberElectric Velocipede
    47. Eugie Foster (shorts/novels, Nebula winner) twitter website blog publications story: “Trixie and the Pandas of DreadApex Magazine
    48. Francezca C. Kwe (Filipino, shorts) story: “The Fires of the Sun in a Crystalline Sky” Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009
    49. Gabriela Lee (Filipino, shorts/poems) site story: “The Nameless Ones (Part 1)” and “Part 2
    50. Grace Lin (novels, Newberry winner) (YA) website blog
    51. Greg van Eekhout (Indo-American, shorts/novels) (YA) twitter website blog story: “Last Son of Tomorrow” Tor online
    52. Hari Kunzru (British-Indian, novels/shorts, British Book Award) twitter blog bio
    53. Haruki Murakami (Japanese, novels/shorts, World Fantasy Award) website
    54. Hiromi Goto (Japanese-Canadian, novels/shorts/editing) (YA) website blog publications twitter
    55. Indrapramit Das (Indian, shorts) twitter website story: “Karina Who Kissed SpacetimeApex Magazine
    56. Isamu Fukui (novels) (YA) website
    57. Jaymee Goh story: (shorts) twitter blogLunar Year’s EndCrossed Genres
    58. J.C. Hsyu story: “Safecracker, SafeThe Future Fire
    59. Jei D. Marcade Korean-American, shorts, aka Jessica J. Lee) twitter website publications story: “The Flute-Maker’s DaughterCrossed Genres Magazine
    60. Jeremy Sim (shorts) website publications story: “Addressing the ManticoreCrossed Genres Magazine
    61. Jessica May Lin (shorts) blog story: “Mortar FlowersNature
    62. John Chu twitter website publications story: “The Water That Falls on You from NowhereTor online
    63. John Nakamura Remy (Japanese-American, shorts) blog twitter
    64. Joyce Chng (Chinese, short story writer and novelist, aka J. Damask) (YA) twitter blog publications story: “Eagle FeathersWorld SF Blog
    65. Julie Kagawa (novels/shorts) (YA) twitter website publications blog
    66. Karalynn Lee (shorts/novels) website story: “UnsilencedBeneath Ceaseless Skies
    67. Karen Francisco (novel) (YA) twitter
    68. Kate Aton-Osias (Filipino, shorts/editing) blog publications story: “The Proper Princess ProtocolsPhilippine Genre Stories
    69. Kazuo Ishiguro (Japanese-British, novels, Man Booker Prize) wiki
    70. Ken Liu (Chinese, short story writer and translator, Hugo, Nebula, and WFA winner) twitter website publications story: “The PlagueNature
    71. Kendare Blake (Korean-American, novels/shorts) twitter website blog story: “Choking on Owl FeathersMirror Dance
    72. Kenneth Kao (shorts) website story: “SelflessDaily Science Fiction
    73. Kenneth Yu (Filipino, shorts/editing) website twitter
    74. Keyan Bowes (Indian, novels/shorts) website blog story: “Spoiling VeenaExpanded Horizons
    75. Kimberly Pauley (Chinese-American, novelist) website twitter facebook
    76. Kobe Abe (novels) wiki
    77. Kristine Ong Muslim (shorts/poems) twitter website blog story: “ZombieSouthern Pacific Review
    78. KS Augustin website
    79. Kuzhali Manickavel (Indian, novel/shorts) story: “Saint DieselLive Mint
    80. Kyra Ballesteros (Filipino, shorts) twitter blog story: “RetokadoPhilippine Genre Stories
    81. Larissa Lai (Chinese-Canadian, novels/shorts) twitter website publications
    82. Laurence Yep (Chinese-American, novels/plays, Laura Ingalls Wild medal winner) (YA) wiki
    83. Lily Hoang (novels/editing) twitter blog
    84. Linda Sue Park (Korean-American, novelist, Newberry winner) (YA) twitter website blog
    85. Lissa Price Lissa Price (novelist) (YA) website twitter Starters sample
    86. Liu Cixin (Chinese, novels, Galaxy award and Nebula winner) wiki sample: except from Ball Lightning, translated by Joel Martinsen
    87. Livia Blackburne (novel forthcoming) (YA) twitter blog
    88. Lori M. Lee (novels/shorts) (YA) twitter website blog story: “The PiperDaily Science Fiction
    89. Mainak Dhar (Indian, novels) website
    90. Malinda Lo (Chinese-American, novels/shorts) (YA) twitter website blog
    91. Manil Suri (Indian, novels) twitter website publications
    92. Marianne Villanueva (Filipino, shorts/editing) blog story: “WaveringLITnIMAGE
    93. Marie Lu (Mongolian/Chinese-American, novelist, NY Times Bestseller) (YA) twitter websiteblog
    94. Marjorie M. Lu (Chinese-American, novelist, NY Times Bestseller) twitterwebsite blog
    95. Mary Anne Mohanraj (Tamil-American, novels) twitter websiteblog story: “Hunting for Mangoes” originally in Old World Folktales
    96. Mia Tijam facebook story: “Spelling Normal” Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009
    97. Michael A. R. Co (shorts) story: “The God Equation” Philippine Speculative Fiction
    98. Michelle Sagara (sometimes “Michelle West” or “Michelle Sagara West”, Japanese-Canadian, novels) website blog shorts
    99. Mike Jung (novels) (MG) twitter blog
    100. Mina V. Esguerra (novels) (YA) website twitter publications
    101. Minsoo Kang (Korean, novels/shorts) wiki
    102. Mo Francisco (shorts) website publications story: “Stranger People
    103. Nahoko Uehashi (Japanese, novels) (YA) short bio
    104. Nghi Vo (shorts, John W. Campbell nominee) story: “Shadows Cast By Moonlight
    105. Nikki Alfar (Filipino, shorts/editing) publications story: “Divine LightPhilippine Genre Stories
    106. Paolo Chikiamco (Filipino, shorts/comics/editing) website twitter story: “Lex Talionis” Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009
    107. Rahul Kanakia (Indian-American, novels/shorts) twitter blog story: “We Planted the Sad Child and WaitedDaily Science Fiction
    108. Rajan Khanna (Indian, shorts) website publications story: “Quantum EntanglementDaily Science Fiction
    109. Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Filipino, short story writer and poet) twitter website publications story: “Of the Liwat’ang Yawa, the Litok-litok and their PreyWeird Fiction Review
    110. S. Evans (shorts) blog story: “Indra’s StoryStrange Horizons
    111. Samit Basu (Indian, novels/comics/shorts) twitter website story: “Electric Sonalika” World SF Blog
    112. Sangu Mandanna (Indian, novels) (YA) twitter website blog
    113. Sarwat Chadda (novels) website twitter
    114. Shelly Li (Chinese-American, shorts/novels) twitter website story: “A Good TimeNature
    115. Shweta Narayan (shorts/poetry/editing) website story: “The River’s ChildrenExpanded Horizons
    116. Shveta Thakrar (Indian, short story writer and novelist) (YA) twitter story: “Lavanya and DeepikaDemeter’s Spicebox
    117. Somtow Sucharitkul (also “S.P. Somtow”, Thai-American, novels/shorts/music composer, World Fantasy Award, Campbell) blog
    118. Stephanie Lai (Chinese-Australian, shorts) twitter blog story: “The Last RickshawCrossed Genres
    119. Susan Ee (novels) website twitter
    120. TJ Dimacali (Filipino, shorts) amazon twitter
    121. Ted Chiang (shorts, Nebula, Campbell, Hugo awards) wiki short story: “Exhalation
    122. Toh EnJoe (Japanese, novels/shorts) “Harlequin’s Butterfly” (translated from Japanese)
    123. Tony Pi (Taiwanese-Canadian, shorts, Campbell nominee) twitter website publications story: “The Gold SilkwormFantasy Magazine
    124. Trevor Shikaze (shorts) story: “Like No PlaceLakeside Circus
    125. Vajra Chandrasekera (Sri Lankan, shorts) website twitter “By Dawn’s Barbed Light” Lakeside Circus
    126. Vandana Singh (Indian, shorts/poetry) website story: “Ruminations in an Alien TongueLightspeed Magazine
    127. Victor Fernando R. Ocampo (Filipino, shorts) website twitter story: “How my Sister Leonora Brought Home a Wife” Lakeside Circus
    128. Vikram Chandra (Indian-American, novels) website
    129. Wesley Chu (Taiwanese-American, novels) website twitter blog
    130. William F. Wu (Chinese-American, novels/shorts, Hugo/Nebula/WFA nominee) website
    131. Yoon Ha Lee (Korean-American, shorts) twitter website publicationsblog story: “Effigy NightsClarkesworld
    132. Yukimi Ogawa (Japanese, short story writer) story: “Town’s EndStrange Horizons
    133. Yvette Tan (Filipino, shorts, non-fiction) twitter website story: “Seek Ye Whore” Rogue
    134. Zen Cho (Malaysian, short story writer, John W. Campbell award nominee) twitter website publications novella: “The House of AntsGiganotosaurus

Curating this list–getting recommendations, finding links and stories, putting it all together, deleting names that didn’t have any kind of web presence or didn’t write speculative prose–took dozens of hours, and I’m confident I still didn’t get everyone. If you know of a SF/F/H author of Asian descent who isn’t on this list, please comment below.

* I plan on doing lists for African, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic/Latin American authors as well, soon.

** Authors listed as X-American were born in the US or otherwise identify themselves as -American in their bios. If you are on this list and want to be identified differently, let me know. If you know someone on this list has referred to themselves as being of a different race/ethnicity/nationality in an official bio, please post the link below. I don’t want to misidentify anyone, and have left off that description where I couldn’t find it.

*** The authors on this list have all published novels or stories; while I noted where some are also comics writers, critics, poets, or playwrights, I excluded those who didn’t also write prose fiction. There’s a whole slew of Asian comics writers, for example, who’re doing great SF/F/H stories, but that’s another list. #SFWApro

64 comments

  1. A couple more:

    Stephanie Lai
    -Tumblr: http://yiduiqie.tumblr.com/
    -Twitter: @yiduiqie
    -Online story: http://crossedgenres.com/archives/018-2/the-last-rickshaw-by-stephanie-lai/

    Jaymee Goh
    -Livejournal: http://fantasyecho.livejournal.com/
    Tumblr: http://jhameia.tumblr.com/
    -Twitter: @jhameia
    -Online story: http://crossedgenres.com/archives/025-celebration/lunar-years-end-by-jaymee-goh/

    There are more but these two jump out at me. =)

    1. Joyce is already on the list, #45.

      I considered MH Kingston, but she doesn’t consider herself a genre author, from what I could tell, and Karalynn Lee calls herself a “romance author” in her bio. I know there’s a lot of genre blending, which I love, but I’m trying to err on the side of the author’s self-descriptions. Have you seen her listed as a spec fic author anywhere?

      1. Oops. Sorry I missed Joyce Chng on the list.

        Fair enough response re MH Kingston, though I think the “literary” genre tends to appropriate fantasy authors as its own, in blithe ignorance of what they really wrote.

        Re Karalynn Lee, I personally would count romantic fantasy as speculative, since almost everything listed on her website has a magical element to it (and the few exceptions seem to be SF).

      2. Since I like a lot of interstitial in my fiction, I’m always running into that “we’re not genre, we’re LITERARY” exclamation from certain authors. Too bad some people can’t accept readers from both sides and be happy their work has multiple layers.

      3. This is late, but you might also want to add Berit Ellingsen, whose bio on her website begins “I’m a Korean-Norwegian writer who lives in Norway and writes in English.”

        http://beritellingsen.com/

        I think when you posted this list I didn’t realize she was of Korean ancestry, although I’ve worn her work for Safety Pin Review:

        http://safetypinreview.com/2012/01/09/issue-sixteen/

        http://safetypinreview.com/2012/01/10/contextual-residue-an-essay-in-action-shots-1-5/

        http://safetypinreview.com/2012/01/22/your-message-here-spr-at-an-sf-con/

  2. E. Lily Yu is fairly new but she is proving to be quite the writer. I’m really enjoying her work.

    Murakami is a favorite and Ken Liu and Aliette de Bodard are authors I’ve just discovered over the last year but they blow me away.

  3. I’d recommend Amish Tripathi as well. One of the biggest successes of Indian SFF, he just published the final volume of his fantasy trilogy, titled The Shiva Trilogy. He started off as self-publisher and then got a major contract. Best I can tell, he doesn’t have a website, but he does have an FB page and a Twitter account.

    https://twitter.com/amisht

    He is also currently being published with his Shiva Trilogy in the UK by Jo Fletcher Books. His Indian publisher is Westland Press IIRC.

  4. Some more Indian recommendations for this list:

    Aditya Bidikar – a short story on the world sf blog here: http://worldsf.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/tuesday-fiction-you-cannot-fight-the-war-by-aditya-bidikar/ and I think he’s been published in Crossed Genres, as well as in a couple of anthologies.

    There’s also this book, an urban fantasy by an Indian author: http://www.amazon.com/Tantra-Adi-The-Files-ebook/dp/B00C7CYQWM/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

    Pretty much everyone in this anthology has written SF: http://worldsf.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/breaking-the-bow-speculative-fiction-inspired-by-the-ramayana/ (including me, so this is partly a self-plug) but particularly:

    Kuzhali Manickavel, whose collection of short stories is here: http://www.amazon.com/Insects-Just-Like-Except-Wings/dp/8190605631, here’s a short story: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/DY6TtfM6uHmI3cRBDwEh2I/Saint-Diesel.html and here’s her (currently inactive) blog: http://thirdworldghettovampire.blogspot.in/

    Manjula Padmanabhan, who has written one SFnal novel titled Escape, and a number of science fictional short stories.

  5. Carrie, thank you so much!

    A list of my other published work is here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/nikki-alfar/nikki-alfars-bibliography/10151577674626280.

    And stuff by Dean Francis Alfar (who is my husband) is here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Francis_Alfar

    And stuff by Kate Osias (who’s my best friend) is here:
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/kate-osias/kates-bibliography/10200951743251398

    Thanks again for including us and so many other Asians! :D

    1. Hi Carrie, thanks for making this list. Most of my stuff is on old-fashioned print but I have a short list on GoodReads -http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6560215.Victor_Fernando_R_Ocampo

  6. He’s from a few decades back and dead now, but I don’t think you have the Japanese author Kobo Abe, he of “Inter Ice Age 4″, “The Man Who Turned Into a Stick” and others. He did sci-fi and magical realism.

  7. Carrie, I like the list! Cool idea. I was recently on a panel for the American Library Association with Malinda Lo who is on your list. The panel featured LGBT Asian American writers. Like Malinda, I also write Asian American speculative fiction. Feel free to add me to your list if you like. My novel THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL was a top three finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. It’s about a human embryo that’s allowed to preview the world before deciding whether to be born. My follow-up novel is THE HOPE STORE which is currently being read by Sarah Peed at the new sci-fi ebook imprint Hydra/Random House. http://amzn.to/HsrVSF (link to PROSPECT Amazon page) bit.ly/u1fJ5E (link to PROSPECT book trailer) http://www.dwightokita.com (website)

    Thanks.

  8. Hi there! I don’t see Kimberly Pauley on your list. She is half Chinese American, and is the author of SUCKS TO BE ME, STILL SUCKS TO BE ME, and CAT GIRL’S DAY OFF (the last title was published by my imprint, Tu Books). Her newest book, ASK ME, comes out this month.

    1. Hi Eeleen, thanks for your note. And thanks for putting a link to my website. In your list, I see my name is misspelled. Instead of Dwight Okada, could you change it to Dwight Okita? Thanks. Also feel free to list my novels.

      THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL, finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.
      THE HOPE STORE, not yet published.

      And if you wish to add…

      CROSSING WITH THE LIGHT, poetry book.

      Thanks.

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