N. K. Jemisin
"Do you fear me?" he asked. The words were soft. He always spoke to her softly, as if she were a horse that might spook at any moment. "Yes," she said, because she did. "Good. You should. I am not sorry for the pain I've caused you, little one, because you needed to learn the lesson of that pain. What do you understand about me, now?" She shook her head, then made herself answer, because of course that was the point. "I have to do what you say, or you'll hurt me." "And?" She closed her eyes tighter. In dreams, that made the bad creatures go away. "And," she added, "you'll hurt me even when I do obey."
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her latest novel, The Shadowed Sun, will be published in June 2012 from Orbit Books.
From Orbit Books:
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun
“On the Banks of the River Lex,” Clarkesworld (2010)
“The Effluent Engine," Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Tales, Torquere Press (2011)
“Non-Zero Probabilities," Clarkesworld (2009)
“The You Train," Strange Horizons (2007)
The rest can be found at her bibliography at http://nkjemisin.com.
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