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Kai Ashante Wilson



"The Lamentation of Their Women" (short story; forthcoming from Tor.com June 2017)

A Taste of Honey (novella; October 2016)

"Kaiju Maximus®: 'So Various, So Beautiful, So New'" (short story; December 2015)

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps (novella; September 2015)

"The Devil in America" (short story; April 2014)

"Super Bass" (short story; May 2013)

"Légendaire." (short story; January 2013; reprint forthcoming from Apex Magazine 2017)

Praise for Kai Ashante Wilson's A Taste of Honey:

Finalist, Theodore Sturgeon Award (2017)
Finalist, Hugo Award for Best Novella (2017)
Finalist, Nebula Award for Best Novella (2016)
Selected, "Best Books We Read in November," BookRiot

"[A Taste of Honey] tells a story that is as much about loss and memory as it is about the reclamation of one’s identity . . . a beautiful look at love in its many forms." —The Washington Post

"A vivid and deeply satisfying romance set against a fascinating backdrop, A Taste of Honey will especially appeal to fans of speculative fiction from authors like Lois McMaster Bujold and N. K. Jemisin and will leave most readers agitating for more." —Booklist, starred review

"Wilson displays his talent for tugging the reader's heartstrings and underplaying hard emotion, and he delivers a poignant and satisfying conclusion." —Publishers Weekly

"Stylistically daring, diverse, & unabashedly queer: Kai Ashante Wilson's A Taste of Honey is the future of fantasy."
—The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

"Wilson’s writing is beyond stunning, and the inventiveness of his world, his language, and his dialogue, are only deepened by his innate understanding of his characters, their rich emotion, and their struggles to live and love as they wish to." —BookRiot

"Rich in invention and provocative in its themes . . . a model of concise, efficient storytelling." —The Chicago Tribune

"Wilson has woven a fractal tapestry of a world—past mingling with future, exotic magic spiced with futuristic science, gods with too-human needs—and set in it a love story as painful as it is beautiful and complex."
—N. K. Jemisin, Hugo Award–winning author of The Fifth Season

"Written in a lyrical, song­like style, Wilson’s latest has a rhythm to the prose that is tough to suss out, but the effort is well worth it; the payoff is extraordinary and deeply emotionally satisfying." —RT Book Reviews

Praise for Kai Ashante Wilson's The Sorceror of the Wildeeps:

Winner, Crawford Award for Best First Novel (2016)
Finalist, Locus Award for Best First Novel (2016)
Selected, Best SFF Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly (2015)


“This rich, delicately crafted world is stocked with vibrant characters . . . and supports a powerful story told in a delightful series of wrenching moments.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps] shows that fantasy still has some really fascinating places to go." —io9

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps . . . is the story equivalent of the shot heard around the world.” —BookRiot

"The unruly lovechild of Shakespeare, Baldwin, George RR Martin and Ghostface Killah—this was a book I could not put down."
—Daniel José Older, author of Half-Resurrection Blues

"Lyrical and polyphonous, gorgeous and brutal, The Sorceror of the Wildeeps is an unforgettable tale of love that empowers."
—Ken Liu, multiple Hugo Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings

"Wilson is doing something both very new and very old here: he's tossing aside the traditional forms of sword and sorcery in favor of other, older forms, and gluing it all together with a love letter to black masculinity. The result is powerful and strange and painful in all the right ways."
—N. K. Jemisin, Hugo Award-winning author of The Fifth Season

Praise for Kai Ashante Wilson's "The Devil in America":

Nominated, Nebula Award for Best Novelette (2015)
Nominated, World Fantasy Award for Best Novella (2015)
Nominated, Locus Award for Best Novelette (2015)
Nominated, Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette (2014)


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KAI ASHANTE WILSON was the 2010 Octavia Butler scholar at the Clarion writing workshop in San Diego. He won the Crawford award for best first novel of 2016, and his works have been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. He lives in New York City.