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Kritzer, Naomi

Entry updated 10 June 2024. Tagged: Author.

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(1973-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Faust's SASE" in Scavenger's Newsletter for September 1999; during her early career she published mostly fantasy, including the Eliana's Song sequence beginning with the Young Adult Fires of the Faithful (2002), set in a fantasy land oppressed by Religious fundamentalism, but saved by the versatile young protagonist; and the Dead Rivers sequence beginning with Freedom's Gate (2004), which expands on similar material, though the two series are not formally linked.

Kritzer has published two collections: Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories (coll 2011 ebook), which is primarily fantasy; and Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories (2017), which assembles more varied material, including "Cat Pictures Please" (January 2015 Clarkesworld), a tale of a well-meaning emergent AI which won the 2016 Hugo award and Locus Award for best short story. The same benevolent AI returns at novel length in the Young Adult sf thrillers Catfishing on CatNet (2019), which won a Lodestar Award, and Chaos on CatNet (2021). The brief fantasy "Little Free Library" (8 April 2020 won a further Locus Award for best short story; "The Year Without Sunshine" (November/December 2023 Uncanny Magazine) won a Nebula as best novelette.

Especially in short forms, Kritzer's work is genial but subtly sharp-tongued, and tends to focus on how to remain human, or recognizable, in a changing world. [JC]

Naomi Kritzer

born North Carolina: 23 April 1973



Eliana's Song

Dead Rivers


individual titles

  • Liberty's Daughter (Bonney Lake, Washington: Fairwood Press, 2023) [fixup: pb/Leon Tukker]



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