Zen Cho is the author of a short story collection (Spirits Abroad, 2014) and two historical fantasy novels (Sorcerer to the Crown, 2015 and The True Queen, 2019). She has won the Crawford Award and the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer, and is a Hugo and Campbell Award finalist.
Zen Cho is the author of a short story collection (Spirits Abroad, Fixi, 2014) and two historical fantasy novels (Sorcerer to the Crown, 2015 and The True Queen, 2019, both published by Ace and Macmillan). She is a winner of the Crawford Award and the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer, and a finalist for the Locus, Hugo and Campbell Awards. She was born and raised in Malaysia, resides in the UK, and lives in a notional space between the two.
Zen Cho was born and raised in Malaysia, and lives in the UK. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Hugo Awards, honour-listed for the Carl Brandon Society Awards, and translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Finnish. Cho was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, joint winner of the Crawford Award for her short story collection Spirits Abroad (Buku Fixi, 2014) and winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer for her historical fantasy novel Sorcerer to the Crown (Ace/Macmillan, 2015).
Sorcerer to the Crown was also a Locus Awards finalist for Best First Novel, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee for Best Fantasy Novel and official nominee for the ALA/YALSA Alex Awards, as well as being longlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Awards and the Tiptree Award. Sorcerer to the Crown appeared in Best Books of 2015 lists from Library Journal, ALA, Barnes & Noble, NPR, io9, Tor.com, BookRiot and the Seattle Times, and was selected for the 2017 Amelia Bloomer List of notable feminist literature for young people.
A sequel, The True Queen, was published in March 2019.
Cho is the editor of anthology Cyberpunk: Malaysia (Buku Fixi, 2015), a Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 finalist. She was a juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation 2014 Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds grants and previously served on the Board of non-profit Con or Bust. She has spoken at literary festivals, conventions and conferences in Malaysia, USA, UK, the Netherlands, Finland and Hong Kong, and co-organised UK convention Nine Worlds Geekfest’s first Race & Culture programming track. Cho has appeared on BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio News and Al Jazeera’s online daily TV show The Stream.
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