Nalo Hopkinson in 2007
20 December 1960 |
|Education||Master of Arts|
|Alma mater||Seton Hill University|
|Genre||Science fiction, fantasy|
|Notable works||Brown Girl in the Ring
The Salt Roads
|Notable awards||Prix Aurora Award,
Gaylactic Spectrum Award,
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer,
Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic,
World Fantasy Award
I love science fiction. There are ways in which this community kept me and my partner alive through some very, very bad years, and I will always acknowledge that.
I figure this current era of history is the one with the best chance of quality of life for a black, female, disabled, middle-aged, queer person who's most comfortable not fitting in. The odds still aren't great, mind you. But I'll take my chances with the 21st century.
I've learned now to have a second title in reserve because, frequently, I come up with titles that seem to make editors' hair fall out.
You look at science fiction and look how often it talks about being alien, being alienated about the other. Look at the number of blue people – 'Avatar,' I'm looking at you. And it is now easier to find people of color in science-fiction literature and media, but the issues of representation are still really, really troubling.
I am Amaxon Corazon Junia Principia Delgado the Third, and I bent over my meal and wept luxurious tears into my green banana porridge. It was a perfect decoction, and it now would not satisfy me.
I'm constantly coming up with new strategies for getting to the mental place where writing is so joyous and playful that I almost can't help putting the words down.
It's the thing I struggle with every day: the mental diligence and stamina needed to sit in front of the computer, open the file, start writing and to keep doing so, word after word, until I've created the next story. A combination of learning disability and chronic health issues make that the hardest thing for me.
I'm a novelist, editor, short story writer. I also teach, and I freelance sometimes as an arts consultant. Most of my books have been published by Warner Books, now known as Grand Central Books.