Jo Walton is a fantasy and science fiction writer who was born in Wales in 1964 and now makes her home in Canada. Her first published novel was The King’s Peace (2000), followed by The King’s Name (2001). In 2002 she won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and subsequently published two more fantasy novels, The Prize in the Game (2002) and the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Tooth and Claw (2003).
In 2006 she published Farthing, a novel set in an alternate historical continuum in which Britain struck an early truce with Hitler. In 2007 she published a sequel, Ha’penny, and another in 2008, Half a Crown. She refers to this sequence as the Small Change trilogy, and her Tor.com story “Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction” is set in the America of that world.
Her 2011 novel Among Others won the Hugo and Nebula Awards. In 2014, she published What Makes This Book So Great, a collection of some of her essays written for Tor.com, and the novel My Real Children, which also won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. The Just City, a novel exploration of Plato’s Republic was published in early 2015 to widespread praise. The sequels The Philosopher Kings and Necessity came out in 2015 and 2016.
In 2018 she published a short story collection, Starlings which includes all of her Tor.com fiction, and a non-fiction book An Informal History of the Hugos which collects and substantially revises her Revisiting the Hugos series. It was nominated for a Hugo in 2019.
Her novel Lent is a fantasy historical thriller set in Renaissance Florence, and is due out on May 28th 2019.
She lives with her husband in Montreal, Quebec.