Nalo Hopkinson

Literary Birthday – 20 December – Nalo Hopkinson

Happy Birthday, Nalo Hopkinson, born 20 December 1960.


  1. Science fiction and fantasy allow us to step outside our known reality and examine that reality from a different perspective. They do so by creating imaginary worlds as lenses through which we can view our world.
  2. If it sticks with me, it’s an idea. If I weld it to a few more ideas, they might begin to generate a plot.
  3. When people ask me to define science fiction and fantasy I say they are the literatures that explore the fact that we are toolmakers and users, and are always changing our environment.
  4. I’m looking for stories that make me sit up and take notice. For engagement with language and style in ways that the genre doesn’t see enough of.

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian speculative fiction writer and editor. Her writing draws on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling. Her novels include Brown Girl in the Ring, The Salt Roads, and The New Moon’s Arms, and her short story collections include Skin Folk.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th December 2019