In this podcast, Nalini talks to Naomi Novik, the much-awarded fantasy and speculative fiction author who also co-founded a FanFic organisation.
Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American. She grew up with Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. After studying English Literature at Brown University and doing graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University, she participated in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.
She is one of the founding board members of the Organization for Transformative Works. This is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the fair-use rights of fan creators. Naomi credits fanfic as the genesis of her writing career.
Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and eight computers. (They multiply.)
I highly recommend Naomi Novik’s latest book, A Deadly Education. My review is coming soon! Read this if you enjoyed The Hollow Ones by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
Quirky facts about Naomi Novik
Naomi has different bios on her website and publishers’ author pages. Apparently she’s asked her webmaster to update her author page, which is several years out of date, but that change will be coming soon.
Naomi was a recipient of the John W Campbell Award several years ago, and her website – at the time of composing this – still mentions that award. She is concerned. The award’s name changed to reflect changing times.
In the aftermath of 2019 winner Jeannette Ng‘s acceptance speech, in which she described Campbell as a fascist, the science fiction fandom community discussed whether it was appropriate to continue honoring Campbell in this way; the editor of Analog subsequently announced … the [award’s new name].
Jeannette Ng also rocks. A podcast discussing her award-winning novel and her literary loves is here.
Penguin Australia says:
An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular fascination with the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City along with many purring computers.