Zen Cho is the author of the Sorcerer to the Crown novels and a novella, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, as well as the short story collection Spirits Abroad. She is a Hugo, Crawford and British Fantasy Award winner, and a finalist for the Locus and Astounding Awards.
Zen Cho is the author of the Sorcerer to the Crown novels and a novella, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, as well as the short story collection Spirits Abroad. She is a Hugo, Crawford and British Fantasy Award winner, 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, honour-listed for the Carl Brandon Society Awards, and translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Chinese and Japanese. Cho was a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, 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 debut 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 also the author of The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, a novella published by Tor.com Publishing in June 2020.
Cho edited 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 events 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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