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Johnson, Kij

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(1960-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Roadkill" in Tales of the Unanticipated for Winter/Spring 1988, and who is perhaps best known for her impressive first solo novel, The Fox Woman (2000), a fantasy set in a vision of archaic Japan whose protagonist more closely resembles a figure out of fable bound by destiny than a Talking Animal [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Her sf to date is of less interest, though her Tie to the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: The New Generation: Dragon's Honor (1996) with Greg Cox is competent. Some of the tales assembled in At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories (coll 2012) are sf, including the Nebula-winning "Spar" (October 2009 Clarkesworld); also collected here are the fantasies "Fox Magic" (December 1993 Asimov's), which won a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award; "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" (July 2008 Asimov's), winner of a World Fantasy Award; and "Ponies" (17 January 2010, another Nebula winner. She won a further Nebula, plus her first Hugo, for "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" (October/November 2011 Asimov's). In the novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (2016), a middle-aged female professor at Ulthar Women's College must undertake a quest through the Dreamlands of such H P Lovecraft tales as The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (in Beyond the Wall of Sleep coll 1943; 1955). [JC/DRL]

see also: Clarkesworld.

Kij Johnson

born Harlan, Iowa: 20 January 1960



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