R. F. Kuang
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R. F. Kuang

Rebecca F. Kuang
Native name
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Born (1996-05-29) May 29, 1996 (age 23)[1]
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
OccupationFantasy writer
EducationOdyssey Writing Workshop
University of Cambridge
Alma materGeorgetown University
Notable awards
Years active2018 - present
Chinese name
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Rebecca F. Kuang is an award-winning Chinese-American fantasy writer.[2] Her first novel, The Poppy War, was released in 2018, followed by the sequel The Dragon Republic in 2019.[3] Kuang has won the Compton Crook Award[4] and the Crawford Award[5] along with being a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, Campbell, and World Fantasy Awards.


She emigrated to the United States from Guangzhou, China, with her family when she was four years old.[6][7] Kuang's father grew up in Leiyang, in Hunan province; her mother grew up on Hainan Island.[8] Her mother's father fought for Chiang Kai-shek.[8] Her father's family experienced the Japanese conquest of Hunan.[8][9]

Kuang grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from the Greenhill School in 2013.[10] She went on to Georgetown University, attracted by the college's well-known debating team.[6] Halfway through college, Kuang was 19 when she began writing Poppy War during a gap year in China, where she worked as a debate coach; the book was published when she was 22.[6][11] Kuang graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2016 and attended the CSSF Novel Writing Workshop in 2017.[7] She graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in June 2018. She spent the summer after graduation coaching a debate camp in Colorado.[8][6][11]

She is attended Magdalene College, University of Cambridge as a recipient of a 2018 Marshall Scholarship, where she gained a Master of Philosophy in Chinese Studies.[2][11][12] She is currently pursuing a MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies at Oxford University.[12]

Her debut novel The Poppy War, a Chinese military fantasy, was published by Harper Voyager in 2018 and is the first book in a planned trilogy.[13]The Poppy War has received mainly favorable reviews, with Publishers Weekly calling it "a strong and dramatic launch to Kuang's career".[14]

The Poppy War

The Poppy War, a grimdark fantasy, draws its plot and politics from mid-20th-century China,[15][16][17] with the conflict in the novel based on the Second Sino-Japanese War, and an atmosphere inspired by the Song dynasty.[18]The Poppy War was nominated for the 2019 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.[19]


Kuang's novel The Poppy War was finalist for the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. The novel won the 2019 Compton Crook Award for best first English language novel of the year[4] and the 2019 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.[5]

Kuang was also a finalist for the 2019 Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


Poppy War series

  • The Poppy War (May 2018), ISBN 978-0062662569
  • The Dragon Republic (August 2019), ISBN 978-0062662637
  • The Burning God (2020)


  1. ^ "R.F. Kuang: Distortions". Locus. July 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Linton, Rachel (December 10, 2017). "Georgetown Author R.F. Kuang Speaks on Upcoming Novel 'The Poppy War'". The Hoya. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Liptak, Andrew (August 1, 2019). "10 new science fiction and fantasy novels to check out this August". The Verge. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Kuang Wins Compton Crook Award". Locus. April 15, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Kuang Wins Crawford Award". Locus. February 1, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Randall, Kayla (July 20, 1018). "How a Georgetown Student Published Her Epic Fantasy Debut--Before She Turned 22". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b "R. F. Kuang". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Kidd, James (July 25, 2018). "China's bloody history and Game of Thrones-style fantasy unite in author R.F. Kuang's debut novel". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Junzhou, Qiu; Shilong, Yang (June 7, 2018). "Feature: Young Chinese American writer tells forgotten WWII history in fantasy setting". Xinhua. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Alumna Rebecca Kuang '13 Awarded 2018 Marshall Scholarship". Greenhill School. September 5, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "First Novel in Trilogy by Recent Grad Draws on Georgetown Studies". Georgetown University. July 17, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ a b "About". Rebecca F. Kuang. August 4, 2017. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "R.F. Kuang Stuns With Her Debut Fantasy Novel, The Poppy War". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 2018.[dead link]
  14. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Harper Voyager, $26.99 (544p)". Publishers Weekly. March 5, 2018. ISBN 978-0-06-266256-9. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Cover Story: R.F. Kuang's The Poppy War, an Epic Debut Inspired by 20th Century China". The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. January 11, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "15 Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: May 2018". Nerd Much?. May 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Mason, Everdeen (May 2, 2018). "Best science fiction and fantasy books out this month (brief book review)". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ Pickens, Chris (May 1, 2018). "R.F. Kuang - Interview". BookPage. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "World Fantasy Awards? 2019". World Fantasy Convention. Retrieved 2019.

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