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Lo, Malinda

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1974-    ) Chinese-born journalist and author, in USA from early childhood, active online, writing for, from about 2003. Her first series, the Ash sequence beginning with Ash (2009), is fantasy, turning on a reworking of the Cinderella story as a lesbian romance; the second volume, Huntress (2011), is a prequel set in Faerie [for Cinderella, Faerie and Twice-Told see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below].

Lo is of sf interest for her second series, also Young Adult, the Reese Holloway sequence beginning with Adaptation (2012), whose protagonist and her partner experience the first stages of a mysterious transformation to America, as though infected by another reality, or perhaps Aliens; after a car crash, hampered by Amnesia, she must deal with a Dystopian San Francisco (see California). Some of the events (and some animated discourses) that become focused on in the second volume, Inheritance (2013), generate a sense that Homo sapiens, having proved itself incapable of self-management, is being subjected to Uplift. The protagonist, who has been implanted with alien DNA, has acquired insight and Superpowers (including Telepathy), and in some sense must take charge of events. [JC]

Malinda Lo

born China: 1974




  • Ash (New York: Little, Brown, 2009) [Ash: hb/]
  • Huntress (New York: Little, Brown, 2011) [Ash: hb/]

Reese Holloway

  • Adaptation (New York: Little, Brown, 2012) [Reese Holloway: hb/]
  • Inheritance (New York: Little, Brown, 2013) [Reese Holloway: hb/Monica Sevenson]


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