N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her speculative works range from fantasy to science fiction to the undefinable; her themes include the intersections of race and gender, resistance to oppression, and the coolness of Stuff Blowing Up. She is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group, and a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop. Her latest novel, The Shadowed Sun, was published in June 2012 from Orbit Books, and she’s hard at work on a new series due to begin in 2014.


N. K. Jemisin has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Stone Hunger

FICTION by N. K. Jemisin in Issue 94 – July 2014

Once there was a girl who lived in a beautiful place full of beautiful people who made beautiful things. Then the world broke. Now the girl is older, and colder, and hungrier. From the shelter of a dead tree, she watches as a city—a rich one, big, with high strong walls and well-guarded gates—winches its […]

On the Banks of the River Lex

FICTION by N. K. Jemisin in Issue 50 – November 2010

Death lay under the water-tower on a sagging rooftop, watching the slow condensation of water along the tower’s metal belly. Occasionally one of the water beads would grow pregnant enough to spawn a droplet, which would then fall around—and occasionally onto—Death’s forehead. He had counted over seven hundred hits in the past few days. Sleep […]

Non-Zero Probabilities

FICTION by N. K. Jemisin in Issue 36 – September 2009

In the mornings, Adele girds herself for the trip to work as a warrior for battle. First she prays, both to the Christian god of her Irish ancestors and to the orishas of her African ancestors—the latter she is less familiar with, but getting to know. Then she takes a bath with herbs, including dried […]