Zen Cho is the author of a short story collection (Spirits Abroad) and two historical fantasy novels (Sorcerer to the Crown and The True Queen). She is a Crawford, British Fantasy and Hugo Award winner, and a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (previously the Campbell).
Zen Cho is the author of a short story collection (Spirits Abroad, Fixi) and two historical fantasy novels (Sorcerer to the Crown and The True Queen, both published by Ace and Macmillan). She is a winner of the Crawford, British Fantasy and Hugo Awards, and a finalist for the Locus and Astounding 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 awarded a Hugo, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, honour-listed for the Carl Brandon Society Awards, and translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Finnish and Chinese. Cho was a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (previously the Campbell), joint winner of the Crawford Award for her short story collection Spirits Abroad, and winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer for her historical fantasy novel Sorcerer to the Crown.
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 the short story anthology Cyberpunk: Malaysia, 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, served on the Board of non-profit Con or Bust and has been a SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) mentor for emerging writers. She has appeared at literary festivals, conventions and conferences in Malaysia, USA, UK, the Netherlands, Finland, Hong Kong and Ireland, and co-organised UK convention Nine Worlds Geekfest’s first Race & Culture programming track. Cho has spoken about genre and social justice on BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio News and Al Jazeera’s online daily TV show The Stream.
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