Kij Johnson

Kij Johnson (born Jan. 1960 in Iowa) is an author, editor, and publishing production manager. Since her first sale in 1987, she has sold dozens of short stories to markets including Amazing Stories, Analog, Asimov's, Duelist Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy.


She won the Theodore A. Sturgeon award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov's, Fox Magic. In 2001, she won the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art?s Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year. Her novels include two volumes of the Heian trilogy Love/War/Death: The Fox Woman and the forthcoming Fudoki. She's also cowritten with Greg Cox a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, Dragon's Honor. She is currently researching a third novel set in Heian Japan; and Kylen, two novels set in Georgian Britain.

She taught writing and science-fiction writing at Louisiana State University and at the University of Kansas, and has lectured on creativity and writing at bookstores and businesses across the country. Since 1994, she has assisted at the Writer’s Workshop for Science Fiction, hosted by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Since 1999, she has taught a series of writing classes at the GenCon Game Fair.

In the past ten years, she has worked as managing editor at Tor Books; collections and special editions editor for Dark Horse Comics; editor, continuity manager and creative director for Wizards of the Coast; and as a program manager on the Microsoft Reader. She has also run chain and independent bookstores; worked as a radio announcer and engineer, edited cryptic crosswords, and waitressed in a strip bar.

She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband, writer Chris McKitterick, a dog and two cats.

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