Nicky Drayden won the 2018 Compton Crook Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy for her novel The Prey of Gods and will present the 2019 Compton Crook Award to the 2019 winner.
She is a systems analyst, and when she’s not debugging code, she’s detangling plot lines and mixing metaphors. Her debut novel, The Prey of Gods (Harper Voyager), featured in The New York Times Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy and The Wall Street Journal’s Summer Reading: One Expert, One Book. Drayden’s sophomore novel, Temper, is touted as an exciting blend of Afrofuturism and New Weird. Her travels to South Africa as a college student influenced both of these works, and she enjoys blurring the genre lines between mythology, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor. Nicky Drayden lives and writes in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required.