How N.K. Jemisin creates fantasy worlds rooted in reality

Hugo Award-winning novelist N.K. Jemisin talks about how she creates fantasy worlds that centre issues of racism and oppression.
Author N.K. Jemisin won the sci-fi Hugo Prize for the second year running for her novel The Obelisk Gate. (Laura Hanifin)

N.K. Jemisin is a bestselling author and a sci-fi and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times. In August she won the Hugo Award for best novel, for the second year in a row. It's the major award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. 

Past Hugo Award winners include legendary writers like Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, and J.K Rowling. N.K. Jemisin was the first black author to take home that award. Her latest book The Stone Sky is the final novel in her award-winning The Broken Earth trilogy.

N.K. Jemisin talks to q about making waves in the sci-fi and fantasy world and forging new paths for the journeys and the types of characters we are used to seeing in the genre.

— Produced by Shannon Higgins


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