About

Shweta Taneja is a bestselling author from India. With seven novels and many short stories, she is a leading voice in feminist science fiction and science communication.

Her most selling works include a unique two-in-one flipbook which covers real stories of Indian scientists: They Made What? They Found What? and graphic novel Krishna: Defender of Dharma which was made a must-read in government schools. An international movie producer has optioned the film rights of her critically-acclaimed fantasy fiction series for adults Anantya Tantrist Mysteries.

She was awarded the Best Writer Award for her work The Skull Rosary and the Editor’s Choice Award for best Asian science fiction for her science fiction story The Daughter That Bleeds. She was a finalist in the prestigious French award Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, has received the Charles Wallace Writing Fellowship and has given talks at international SF conferences including WorldCon at Dublin, Eurocon in France and the Cartoon Museum at London. Her work has been translated to Romanian, French and Dutch.

While drinking tea, she often ponders on how we can bridge the gap between science and society through stories so we may collectively tackle modern challenges like climate emergency. Follow her online through her handle @shwetawrites or see her bibliography.

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

When Shweta’s not writing fiction…

She is an avid traveller, collector of folklore and urban legends and pens down articles on travel, writing, science, technology and delectable conspiracy theories. You can find her work in Livemint, Discover IndiaHuffington PostScroll.inDailyO.in, and Medium.

She also works on future of internet and open-source technologies as a brand and technology storyteller with startups. She cofounded Cooby, a startup building open-source, blockchain-based ERP systems in Switzerland and is an advisor to Buzz India, a financial empowerment NGO for rural women. Currently, she is working at Nature Conservation Foundation an environmental research organisation based in Bengaluru to encourage storytelling in environmental and climate communication. (LinkedIn)

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