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

Updated to add suggestions from the comments/email/Twitter. All authors mentioned prior to 5/13/2014 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. Priya Sharma (Indian, living in UK) website story: “Rag and Bone Tor.com
    108. Rahul Kanakia (Indian-American, novels/shorts) twitter blog story: “We Planted the Sad Child and WaitedDaily Science Fiction
    109. Rajan Khanna (Indian, shorts) website publications story: “Quantum EntanglementDaily Science Fiction
    110. 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
    111. S. Evans (shorts) blog story: “Indra’s StoryStrange Horizons
    112. Samit Basu (Indian, novels/comics/shorts) twitter website story: “Electric Sonalika” World SF Blog
    113. Sangu Mandanna (Indian, novels) (YA) twitter website blog
    114. Sarwat Chadda (novels) website twitter
    115. Shelly Li (Chinese-American, shorts/novels) twitter website story: “A Good TimeNature
    116. Shweta Narayan (shorts/poetry/editing) website story: “The River’s ChildrenExpanded Horizons
    117. Shveta Thakrar (Indian, short story writer and novelist) (YA) twitter story: “Lavanya and DeepikaDemeter’s Spicebox
    118. Somtow Sucharitkul (also “S.P. Somtow”, Thai-American, novels/shorts/music composer, World Fantasy Award, Campbell) blog
    119. Stephanie Lai (Chinese-Australian, shorts) twitter blog story: “The Last RickshawCrossed Genres
    120. Susan Ee (novels) website twitter
    121. TJ Dimacali (Filipino, shorts) amazon twitter
    122. Ted Chiang (shorts, Nebula, Campbell, Hugo awards) wiki short story: “Exhalation
    123. Toh EnJoe (Japanese, novels/shorts) “Harlequin’s Butterfly” (translated from Japanese)
    124. Tony Pi (Taiwanese-Canadian, shorts, Campbell nominee) twitter website publications story: “The Gold SilkwormFantasy Magazine
    125. Trevor Shikaze (shorts) story: “Like No PlaceLakeside Circus
    126. Vajra Chandrasekera (Sri Lankan, shorts) website twitter “By Dawn’s Barbed Light” Lakeside Circus
    127. Vandana Singh (Indian, shorts/poetry) website story: “Ruminations in an Alien TongueLightspeed Magazine
    128. Victor Fernando R. Ocampo (Filipino, shorts) website twitter story: “How my Sister Leonora Brought Home a Wife” Lakeside Circus
    129. Vikram Chandra (Indian-American, novels) website
    130. Wesley Chu (Taiwanese-American, novels) website twitter blog
    131. William F. Wu (Chinese-American, novels/shorts, Hugo/Nebula/WFA nominee) website
    132. Yoon Ha Lee (Korean-American, shorts) twitter website publicationsblog story: “Effigy NightsClarkesworld
    133. Yukimi Ogawa (Japanese, short story writer) story: “Town’s EndStrange Horizons
    134. Yvette Tan (Filipino, shorts, non-fiction) twitter website story: “Seek Ye Whore” Rogue
    135. 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

73 comments

  1. Carrie, thanks for including me in your great list. I want to correct the spelling of my last name. It is Dwight Okita (not Dwight Okada). Thanks for putting my website address. Could you also add a link to my speculative novel THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL. http://amzn.to/HsrVSF
    It’s about a human embryo that’s allowed to preview the world before deciding whether to be born. Amazon finalist. My new novel is THE HOPE STORE. It’s about the first store in the world to sell hope over the counter.
    Also the link to my acclaimed poetry book CROSSING WITH THE LIGHT is
    http://amzn.to/xN2vl8

  2. Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for making this list – it must have been a TON of work! And thanks too for including me :) Also, just wanted to let you know that I am Indian.

  3. Hi! This is a great list. I have a couple of suggested additions, both Japanese: (1) Masaki Yamada, who has won several awards including the Nihon SF Taisho Award. Works translated to English include “Aphrodite”, a short novel about a floating city, and “After The Long Goodbye”, a surreal cyberpunk novel set in the universe of Mamoru Oshii’s “Ghost in the Shell” movies. (2) Hiroshi Yamamoto, whose novel “The Stories of Ibis” contains a whole sampler of short stories about technology, communication, and AI ranging from the modern day to the very far future. An excerpt is available here: http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/from-the-stories-of-ibis/ .

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