Jeannette Ng

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Jeannette Ng
Place of birth Hong Kong
Nationality British
Pronouns she/her, they/them[1]
Gender identity nonbinary woman[2]
Occupation writer
Known for Under the Pendulum Sun

Jeannette Ng (Chinese: 吳志麗) is a British fantasy writer best known for their 2017 novel Under the Pendulum Sun, for which they won the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer at the 2018 British Fantasy Awards. She was also the winner of the 2019 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, shortly afterward renamed the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

Ng was born in Hong Kong, and used their 2019 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer acceptance speech to pay tribute to the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protestors.[3]

She studied at Durham University, earning an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.[4] They currently live in Durham, England.

Career[edit | edit source]

Ng's 2017 debut novel Under the Pendulum Sun (published by Angry Robot)[4] concerns a fantastical journey in gothic mid-19th century England,[5] and was shortlisted for Starburst's 2017 Brave New Words award[6] and the 2018 Robert Holdstock award for Best Fantasy Novel at the British Fantasy Awards.[7] It was named by SYFY as one of the "10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2017"[8] and included in Adam Roberts' list of "The best science fiction and fantasy of 2017" in The Guardian[9] and Jeff Somers' list of "50 of the Greatest Science Fiction & Fantasy Debut Novels Ever Written."[10]

Her story "How the Tree of Wishes Gained its Carapace of Plastic" is included in the anthology Not So Stories, published April 2018 by Abaddon Books,[11] and was described by Starburst as "a tour de force of the author's talents."[12] Other short stories of theirs have been published in Mythic Delirium[13] and Shoreline of Infinity[14] magazines.

Ng won the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer at the 2018 British Fantasy Awards for Under the Pendulum Sun,[15] and was a 2018 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, announced as part of the Hugo Awards.[16]

In 2019, Ng won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[17][18] As part of her acceptance speech, she referred to the award's namesake John W. Campbell as "a fucking fascist," sparking debate in the science fiction and fantasy community.[19][3] On 27 August, the editor of award sponsors Analog Science Fiction and Fact announced that the award would be renamed the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.[20] For their acceptance speech, Ng was awarded the Hugo Award for "Best Related Work" in July 2020.[21] On 31 July, Ng sent their 2020 Hugo for Best Related Work Acceptance Speech to YouTube. In this video acceptance speech, she said that "pulling down memorials to dead racists is not the erasing of history, it is how we make history". She also said that "Last time I gave a speech at WorldCon, it was literally hours after a huge march in Hong Kong, my most cyberpunk of cities. Since then, things have gotten worse." "The tactics used to marginalize us, the tear gas used against us, it is the same everywhere. And we defeat it in the same way. And so our coming together is more important than ever before. To write a future of joy and hope and change." "Now is the time. Now is always the time. Free Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Time."[22]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Jeannette Ng 吳志麗 (@jeannette_ng) Twitter bio". Archived from the original on 2 May 2021.
  2. @jeannette_ng (15 September 2020). "I am a nonbinary woman which sometimes gets grouped in. I don't talk about it a lot because I'm both... working through feelings and I don't find it that interesting to discuss, but it's also not a secret so I end up on some trans/enby author lists :)" – via Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ng, Jeannette [@jeannette_ng] (18 August 2019). "Here is the Campbell acceptance speech I had written. Words were added and taken away on stage due to time and nerves". Retrieved 19 August 2019 – via Twitter.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Jeannette Ng". Angry Robot Books. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  5. "Under the Pendulum Sun Journeys to Fairyland, and Finds It Very Strange Indeed". The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. 2017-10-03. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. "Brave New Words Award 2017 Shortlist Announced - Starburst Magazine". Starburst Magazine. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  7. "British Fantasy Awards 2018". The British Fantasy Society. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  8. Krishna, Swapna (2017-12-18). "The 10 best sci-fi and fantasy books of 2017". Syfy. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  9. Roberts, Adam (30 November 2017). "The best science fiction and fantasy of 2017". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. Somers, Jeff (9 November 2018). "50 of the Greatest Science Fiction & Fantasy Debut Novels Ever Written". B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. Onwuemezi, Natasha (28 July 2017). "Diverse anthology 'in reaction' to Kipling set for release". The Bookseller. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. Fortune, Ed (24 April 2018). "Not So Stories". Starburst Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  13. "Mythic Delirium 2.3, Jan.-March 2016". Mythic Delirium Books. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  14. "Shoreline of Infinity 8". Shoreline of Infinity. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  15. British Fantasy Society [@BritFantasySoc] (21 October 2018). "Sydney J Bounds award for Best Newcomer" – via Twitter.
  16. "2018 Hugo Award Finalists Announced". 2018-03-31. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  17. "2019 Hugo Award & 1944 Retro Hugo Award Finalists". 2 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  18. @Dublin2019 (18 August 2019). "The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer goes to Jeannette Ng" – via Twitter.
  19. Davison, Steve (24 August 2019). "Was John W. Campbell a F***ing Fascist, or Merely a Fascist?". Amazing Stories. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  20. Northington, Jenn (28 August 2019). "The John W. Campbell Award is now the Astounding Award". Book Riot. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  21. Flood, Alison (1 August 2020). "Arkady Martine wins Hugo for best novel, as George RR Martin hosts online ceremony". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  22. Flood, Alison (1 August 2020). "2020 Hugo for Best Related Work Acceptance Speech". YouTube. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
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