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Yu, E Lily

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Transfiguration of Maria Luisa Ortega" in The Kenyon Review for Summer 2010, her early fiction in general drawing significant attention, including the 2012 John W Campbell Award for best new writer. Though her work safely resides within the water margins of Fantastika, Yu rarely engages in sf as such, with the exception of some tales like "Local Stop on the Floating Train" (22 December 2014 Terraform) or "The Doing and Undoing of Jacob E Mwang" (May-June 2019 Asimov's), the latter set in a Near Future world where the historically growing disenfranchisement of those displaced from work has much intensified.

Yu's first novel, On Fragile Waves (2021), not sf, traces the life of a small family of refugees in their trek from Afghanistan to Australia, deluded – though not entirely – by the traditional and extemporary fables they tell themselves into the belief that enstorying the world will open some path to a livable future. Some of the fantasy elements in On Fragile Waves are rendered literally. [JC]

E Lily Yu

born USA


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