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Thoraiya Dyer is a speculative-fiction writer from New South Wales. Her work has won multiple Aurealis Awards and Ditmar Awards, and her short stories have appeared in magazines including Clarkesworld, Apex, Analog, Redstone SF, Nature, and Cosmos and in anthologies including War Stories, Long Hidden, and Cranky Ladies of History. After releasing the short-story collection Asymmetry : A Twelve Planets Collection with Twelfth Planet Press, she released her first novel, Crossroads of Canopy in 2017. The sequel was released in 2018: more novels are forthcoming in the Titans' Forest series.



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A Civilization Dreams of Absolutely Nothing 2019 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Analog , February vol. 134 no. 1-2 2019; (p. 98-111)

'When her species learns that a dark-matter star is going to pull their planet away from their sun, Jade comes up with a desperate plan to deflect it.'

Source: Rocket Stack Rank ( (Sighted: 15/6/2020)

2020 finalist International Awards The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction
y separately published work icon Crossroads of Canopy New York (City) : Tor , 2017 10795460 2017 single work novel fantasy

'At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy's position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation's opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy's splendor. Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents' plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin's next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves. When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory — at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance ... or grant it by destroying the home she loves.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 finalist Norma K. Hemming Award Long Work
2018 winner Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novel
Going Viral 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Dimension6 , no. 8 2016;

'Nila’s plan to trick her mother and give her the granddaughter she yearns for isn’t exactly simple, but what could possibly go wrong?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Novella or Novelette
2016 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novella
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