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GENRE: Science fiction, Fantasy

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Diana Pho

Diana M. Pho is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor and has worked in the publishing industry under various hats for over a decade. She’s also an academic scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser elsewhere.  Her talented list includes Robyn Bennis, Alex Bledsoe, P. Djeli Clark, Marie Miranda Cruz, Lara Elena Donnelly, K. A. Doore, Thoraiya Dyer, A. J. Hartley, S. A. Hunt, Margaret Killjoy, Kari Maaren, Prentis Rollins, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Alison Wilgus; she also works with the best-selling The Wheel of Time® series and George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards universe. Books she has edited have gone on to win the Thriller Award (Hartley’s Steeplejack, for Best YA), and the Ditmar Award (Dyer’s Crossroads of Canopy, for Best Novel) and to become finalists for the Nebula Award, Lambda Literary Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult.


In the steampunk community, she is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk.  She has published numerous articles on science fiction and its community. She has been interviewed for many media outlets about fandom, including CBS’s Inside Edition,, BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel. You can learn more about Diana on her website:

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