Shweta Taneja is a bestselling speculative fiction author from India. With seven published novels and graphic novels, she is a leading voice in feminist science fiction and fantasy, most known for her series, Anantya Tantrist Mysteries (HarperCollins 2014-2018). Her graphic novel Krishna Defender of Dharma (Campfire, 2012) in a Must-Read for government schools. The Skull Rosary (2013), an indie black-and-white graphic novel scripted by her was shortlisted for the  Best Writer Award in ComicCon India. (Read More about her)

Her short story, The Daughter That Bleeds has been awarded the Editor’s Choice Award in The Best Asian Speculative Fiction 2018 anthology. It has also been translated in Romanian, French and Dutch. 

Shweta’s a Charles Wallace Writing Fellow and prolifically voices her passion for Asian, feminist and diverse science fiction and fantasy. (Wikipedia.) 

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She likes to call herself a reluctant feminist as the term feminist is often misunderstood.

When she’s not writing fiction…

When she’s not writing fiction, she writes in-depth articles on how technology changes lives (Livemint.com), travel columns on folklore and on the art of writing for Huffington PostScroll.inDailyO.in, and Medium.

She also works on future of internet and open-source technologies as a brand and technology storyteller with startups and NGOs. Recently she has cofounded Cooby, a startup building open-source, blockchain based ERP systems in Switzerland. (LinkedIn)


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