Justina Robson
Justina Robson is a science fiction
Science fiction
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 from Leeds, England.

Biography and publishing history

Justina Robson was born in Leeds (11 June 1968), and studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of York
University of York
The University of York , is an academic institution located in the city of York, England. Established in 1963, the campus university has expanded to more than thirty departments and centres, covering a wide range of subjects...

. She worked in a variety of jobs - including secretary, technical writer, and fitness instructor - until becoming a full-time writer.

Robson attended the Clarion West Writing Workshop
Clarion Workshop
Clarion is a six-week workshop for new and aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers. Originally an outgrowth of Knight and Wilhelm's Milford Writers' Conference, held at their home in Milford, Pennsylvania, USA, it was founded in 1968 by Robin Scott Wilson at Clarion State College in...

 and was first published in 1994 in the British small press magazine The Third Alternative
The Third Alternative
Black Static, formerly The 3rd Alternative, is an award-winning British horror magazine edited by Andy Cox. The magazine has won the British Fantasy Award for "Best Magazine" while individual stories have won other awards...

, but is best known as a novelist. Her debut novel Silver Screen was shortlisted for both the Arthur C Clarke Award and the BSFA Award in 2000. Her second novel, Mappa Mundi, was also shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2001. It won the 2000 Amazon.co.uk Writer's Bursary. In 2004, Natural History, Robson's third novel, was shortlisted for the BSFA Award, and came second in the John W Campbell Award.

Robson's novels have been noted for sharply-drawn characters, and an intelligent and deeply thought-out approach to the tropes of the genre. She has been described as "one of the very best of the new British hard SF writers".

Living Next-Door to the God of Love is a loose sequel to Natural History, inasmuch as it is set in the same universe. Keeping It Real marks the beginning of a series, the Quantum Gravity Books.

On 27 July 2008 she spoke on BBC Radio 3 about Doctor Who
Doctor Who
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior...

 and various other science fiction shows for 25 minutes during the interval of the Doctor Who Prom.

Robson was announced in November 2008 as the guest of honour at the following year's Novacon
Novacon is an annual science fiction convention, usually held each November in the West Midlands, UK. It is now the annual convention of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.-History:...


Robson was announced in April 2010 as an international guest of honour at Swancon 36 to be held 21 to 25 April 2011 in Perth Australia.

Robson announced in November 2010 the forthcoming publication of her first story collection, Heliotrope
Heliotrope may refer to:Natural science* Heliotropium, a genus of flowering plants* A plant that exhibits heliotropism, diurnal motion in response to the sun's movement* Heliotrope Media and entertainment...

 to be published in April 2011 by Australian independent publisher Ticonderoga Publications
Ticonderoga Publications
Ticonderoga Publications is an Australian independent publishing house founded by Russell B. Farr in 1996 and now run by Farr and Liz Grzyb. The publisher specialises in collections of science fiction short stories.-History and current:...



Name Published ISBN Notes
Silver Screen
Silver Screen (novel)
Silver Screen is an English language science fiction novel by Justina Robson, first published by Macmillan in 1999. It features Anjuli O'Connell, employed as a psychologist to monitor an Artificial Intelligence named 901. She has a photographic memory and perfect recall. The story concerns events...

London: Macmillan, 1999 (paper) ISBN 0-333-75437-9 British Science Fiction Award nominee, 1999;
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2000;
Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2005
Mappa Mundi London: Macmillan, 2001 (paper) ISBN 0-333-75438-7 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2002
Natural History London: Macmillan, 2003 ISBN 0-333-90745-0 British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2003;
Campbell Award nominee, 2004;
Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2005
Living Next-Door to the God of Love London: Macmillan, 2005 ISBN 1-4050-2116-0 British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2005;
Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2006;
Campbell Award nominee, 2007

Quantum Gravity series
Name Published ISBN Notes
Keeping It Real
Keeping It Real (novel)
Keeping It Real is a science fiction novel and is the first in the Quantum Gravity series of books by Justina Robson- Synopsis :Agent Lila Black is a cyborg operative for Earth Security, six years after the quantum bomb fractured reality and allowed elves, fairies, demons and other magical...

London: Gollancz, 2006 ISBN 0-575-07861-8
Selling Out London: Gollancz, 2007 ISBN 0-575-07863-4
Going Under London: Gollancz, 2008 ISBN 0-575-07866-9
Chasing the Dragon August, 2009 ISBN 978-1591027461
Down to the Bone Gollancz January 2011 ISBN 978-0575085657

Story Collection

Name Published ISBN Notes
Heliotrope may refer to:Natural science* Heliotropium, a genus of flowering plants* A plant that exhibits heliotropism, diurnal motion in response to the sun's movement* Heliotrope Media and entertainment...

Greenwood: Ticonderoga Publications, April 2011 ISBN 978-0-9807813-3-5

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