Hi, I’m Cadwell Turnbull, author of the science fiction novel The Lesson.
I received my MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Linguistics at North Carolina State University. I also attended Clarion West 2016.
My short fiction can be found in the pages of Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Nightmare to name a few. My Nightmare story “Loneliness is in Your Blood” was selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018. My Asimov’s novelette “Other Worlds and This One” was also selected as a notable story for the anthology. My short story “Jump” was selected for the Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 and featured on LeVar Burton Reads.
My debut novel The Lesson is set in my native U.S. Virgin Islands after an alien colonization. The novel has received some great press, including making best of 2019 lists for Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and included in Locus‘ 2019 Recommended Reading List for First Novel.
Since its publication, The Lesson has been nominated for a SOVAS Award in fiction, an Audie Award in Science Fiction, and an AAMBC Literary Award. The novel has been shortlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction, and longlisted for the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award.
The Lesson has also been optioned by AMC for a television series.