Alaya Dawn Johnson


I’ve neglected to talk about one of my favorite writers for far too long. Alaya Dawn Johnson won this year’s Nebula Award for Best Novelette.  “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” was published in the July/August 2014 issue of F&SF, and it’s about a woman who helps vampires run a concentration camp for humans.

Full disclosure: I met Alaya Dawn Johnson at Wiscon, the Feminist Science Fiction Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, where Alaya was one of this year’s Guests of Honor. She did not attend the Nebula awards because of prior commitments. I bought all of Alaya’s novels that are currently in print and she signed them for me. She told me I was the first person she has ever had ask her to autograph all of her novels at the same time. I certainly won’t be the last.

The first thing you notice when you meet Alaya is her…

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