Born December 20, 1960, Nalo Hopkinson has been described as a writer of speculative fiction, a genre of writing that includes magic realism, fantasy, and sci-fi. Born in Jamaica, she has lived in North America since 1977. Hopkinson is renown for her incorporation of Caribbean tradition and lore into contemporary science fiction. She has published a number of short stories in various magazines and anthologies (including a short story titled Greedy Choke Puppy which has been transformed into a play). She is the author of two novels (Brown Girl in the Ring and Midnight Robber), and has recently edited her first anthology Whispers From Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction. Presently Hopkinson resides in Toronto (the setting of her first novel) having moved there from the United States when she was 16 years old.
Hopkinson has published a number of short stories, but Brown Girl in
the Ring is her first Book. It was awarded the Warner Aspect First Novel
Award, the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the
Philip K. Dick Award, the James Tiptree Junior Award, and the Nebula Award.
The novel stars Ti-Jeanne, a young woman who uses her knowledge of ancient
powers to fight the hoodlums of a near-future Toronto who prey upon the
bodies of the poor and powerless. Hopkinson's characters are a welcome addition
to a literary scene usually bereft of fictional characters of colour who
are integral to the novel rather than being marginal players in the story.
Midnight Robber is Hopkinson's second novel. Hopkinson succeeds once
more in creating a strong young female protagonist -Tan Tan- whose courage
and sense of adventure earn her the title of Robber Queen on the Caribbean-colonized
planet of New Half-Way-Tree. Hopkinson creates an intriguing world of' 'tallpeople,'douens,'
'rolling calves,' and 'ground puppies' in this novel that establishes Hopkinson
as a new talent in the speculative fiction genre, and reaffirms why she
was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1999 for her
Whispers From Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction is the latest book to be published by Hopkinson. It is her first anthology.
This short story formed the basis for the novel)