Short stories by N.K. Jemisin

N(ora). K. Jemisin is a New York Times-bestselling author of speculative fiction short stories and novels, who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Best Novel Hugos in a row. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Her short fictionhas been published in pro markets such as Clarkesworld,, WIRED, and Popular Science; semipro markets such as Ideomancer and Abyss & Apex; and podcast markets and print anthologies. Her novels, a novella, and two short story collections are out now from Orbit Books. Her novels are represented by Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency. She is an emeritus member of the Altered Fluid writing group. In addition to writing, she has been a counseling psychologist and educator, a hiker and biker, and a political/feminist/anti-racist blogger. Although she no longer pens the New York Times Book Review science fiction and fantasy column called “Otherworldly” (which she covered for 3 years), her reviews can still be found online. You may contact her assistant at for appearances, events, and other inquiries. (You are welcome to repost her author photo [click on photo to download] without permission, provided that you credit photographer Laura Hanifin, copyright 2015. Rights to this photo were purchased from her, and it is currently under CC-BY license. Please contact her assistant if you would prefer a hi-res b&w-optimized version of this photo. If you want to repost something else from Epiphany 2.0, no need to ask permission. Just a) don’t reprint the whole thing, please, ’cause that’s just rude, and b) if you reprint excerpts, please adhere to the licensing stipulations: This site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.)

Listing 9 stories.

An individual from a dystopian space colony travels back to Earth on a special mission, assuming it has been ravaged by climate change since his leaders abandoned it. When he discovers Earth's humanity actually benefitted from their departure, he must decide where his allegiances lie.

A black woman has learned to use the police force's human-eating dragons against them by feeding them collard greens.

An alternate universe where all that was improbable begins to happen a lot. A black female narrator navigates the ever crumbling New York City in this new world order.

A 7 year boy disappears and his best friend confesses to his murder. The police begin an investigation that leads them down a mysterious path.

In a world populated by beings who can cause earthquakes and kill with the power of stone and metal, a young girl seeks revenge on the man who destroyed her city.

Present day New York City has grown and aged to the extent that it must be “birthed” with the help of an avatar, as all great cities of the past have been. A Black man leads the city through this transformation, fighting against an ancient enemy who would otherwise have it vanquished.

In a futuristic utopia where equality and nonconformity are celebrated, the social bliss is complicated when criminals attempt to access the society’s dark past.

A replacement storyteller entertains their patron with a tale of the magical kingdom of Sosun, where a king consumes dragon hearts to boost his virility, an act that will eventually lead to his own demise.

In a near-future dystopian society, a Black, teenage girl determined to stay true to herself is valedictorian of her high school class; she knows success means she will be given over to an artificial intelligence-human hybrid surrounding her walled society of the last remaining humans.