I have been thoroughly enjoying JY Yang’s Tensorate series of novellas so wanted to chat to them about blending science fiction and fantasy, non-binary representation in SFF, and using different structures and forms across a series! 

Fair warning – there is a lot of giggling in this episode. But hey, it’s nice when interviewer and interviewee have a good time. Hopefully, it comes across in the audio!

The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang

During the course of the episode, JY calls on us all to break down the world order and build a new one! And why not? It might well be the only way we will ever see a truly equitable society on Earth. Let’s start from scratch – and if not in the real world, let’s at least produce some fictional representations!

For something new and different, this episode also includes some audience questions from @akilamantado and @penelopebabs.

Texts mentioned in this episode include:

  • Dragon Age
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek
  • The Dandelion Dynasty by Ken Liu
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en
  • Jurrasic Park
  • The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  • The Twelve Kingdoms (anime)

Megan can’t wait to read JY’s current work in progress and see whether the character called ‘Banana’ makes it into the final book!

JY Yang – Photo by Nicholas Lee © 2017
© Nicholas Lee 2017

JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of FortuneThe Black Tides of HeavenThe Descent of Monsters and The Ascent to Godhood, available in 2019). Their work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Locus awards, while the Tensorate novellas were a Tiptree honoree in 2018. They have over two dozen works of short fiction published in venues including Tor.com, Uncanny MagazineLightspeedClarkesworld, and Strange Horizons.

JY attended the 2013 class of Clarion West, and received their MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2016. In previous incarnations, they have been a molecular biologist, a writer for animation, comics and games, a science communicator, and a journalist for one of Singapore’s national papers.

JY is currently based out of Singapore. They identify as queer and non-binary. Find them online at http://jyyang.com or on Twitter as @halleluyang.