Judith Berman is a speculative fiction author whose work ranges from far- and near-future science fiction to contemporary, traditional, and mythic fantasy. She draws from a variety of sources, including a lifelong interest in oral tradition, her academic training in folklore and anthropology, and several decades as a martial artist.
Her shorter stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Best Short Novels 2005, and Lightspeed Magazine, as well as in her chapbook from Small Beer Press, Lord Stink and Other Stories (2002). Reviewers praised her first novel Bear Daughter (Ace, 2005) as “brilliant” (VOYA), “powerful” (Locus), and “utterly absorbing, unforgettable” (Booklist *Starred Review*) .
She has been short-listed for the Nebula, Sturgeon and Crawford awards, and her often-reprinted essay “Science Fiction Without the Future,” received the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award. A new member of the digital publishing cooperative ➵Book View Café, she currently lives on Vancouver Island, on a hilltop in sight of the ocean.
“[Berman’s] intricate world building, the grace of her writing, and her memorable characters all herald the arrival of a significant talent.” —Realms of Fantasy
About Bear Daughter:
“A spellbinding tale…one to keep on the shelf and read again and again.” —Broad Universe
“A stunning debut novel.” —New York Review of Science Fiction
“Gripping, moving, frightening, enchanting.” —Terri Windling, editor of The Year’s Best Fantasy And Horror
“Filled with mythical wonders and a deep sense of compassion…highly original and rewarding.” —Interzone