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Yang, Neon

Entry updated 10 October 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(?1982-    ) Originally a pseudonym of the Singapore molecular biologist, journalist and author JY Yang (?1982–), who has also written as by June Yang, J Y Yang and JY Neon Yang; they legally changed their name to Neon Yang in 2020. They began to publish work of genre interest with "Interview" as JY Yang in The Ayam Curtain (anth 2012) edited by Joyce Chng and JY Yang as June Yang. Their work is primarily of fantasy interest, though the Tensorate sequence, beginning with the simultaneously released The Black Tides of Heaven (2017) and The Red Threads of Fortune (2017), might fairly be described in this encyclopedia as Steampunk, but is explicitly designated as contributing to what Ken Liu, who coined the term, describes as silkpunk: stories where Science Fantasy elements marry and jostle with transformations of Asian Technology (in distinction to steampunk's similar use of fantasticated Victorian engineering tropes). The protagonists of the first two tales are twins, though the individual stories do not join together except in the world shared. Both have Psi Powers: in one case seemingly infallible Precognition, in the other a range of talents including Perception (akin to empathy or Telepathy) of the inner motives of others, and the ability to kill via a form of Telekinesis. The third instalment, The Descent of Monsters (2018), introduces malign Technology and a third protagonist named Chuwan, who is tasked to investigate the ruins of a laboratory where an experiment went wrong. Chuwan's mission also includes tracking down twins. The fourth book is The Ascent to Godhead (2019). There is a sense that the sequence has not terminated.

Yang's first full-length novel, The Genesis of Misery (2022) retells without undue specifics the story of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) as a Space Opera set on colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds; Galactic Empires) seeded some centuries previous by a Generation Starship. The protagonist' s drive to escape immurement in birth planet, and other action-tinged complexities, do not lead to a conclusion in accord with the underlying analogies; sequels may be expected. [JC]

Neon Yang

born Singapore: ?1982




individual titles

collections and stories

works as editor

  • The Ayam Curtain (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2012) as June Yang with Joyce Chng [anth: pb/Psylocke and Shellen Teh]


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