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It isn’t often that the genre of Science-Fiction can be related to the Vietnamese culture; however, Aliette de Bodard manages to creatively – and successfully – do so, as a world-renowned authoress.

Although she was born in the United States, Aliette grew up in Paris, France. She is fluent in both English and French, thanks to her parents’ insistence that she learned English earlier on. She graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, one of France’s top engineering schools; she also gradually moved from writing novels to short-stories during this time in order to quickly improve her writing skills.

She won the Writers of the Future contest and went on to win many more awards: two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a British Science Fiction Award, in addition to being a finalist for the Hugo and Sturgeon Award, and on the Tiptree Award Honour List; all of this happening between 2010 and 2013.

One of her ongoing series is about the Xuya universe. These are somewhat connected stories in which Chinese and Vietnamese cultures have reached the stars… and meet the Aztecs.

In August 2015, she wrote a novel called House of Shattered Wings. It is set in a post-Apocalyptic Paris and features fallen angels, a washed-out alchemist and a former Vietnamese immortal with a grudge.

Aliette has so much imagination and through hard work, perseverance and talent, she has become a great and inspiring role-model to budding writers out there. Any genre can be broached; you just need to have the passion and dedication to your art!