Jo Walton comes from Wales but lives in Montreal, where the food and books are much better. She writes science fiction and fantasy, reads a lot, talks about books, and eats great food. She plans to live to be ninety-nine and write a book every year.
Jo Walton is one of science fiction's most versatile, thoughtful, and gripping writers ... [A novel] about philosophy, history, gender and freedom [which] also manages to be a spectacular coming-of-age tale that encompasses everything from courtroom dramas to sexual intrigue. -- Cory Doctorow Boing Boing The award-winning Walton has written a remarkable novel of ideas that demands - and repays - careful reading. It is itself an exercise in philosophy that often, courtesy of Socrates, critically examines Plato's ideas ... the plot is always accessible and the world building and characterization are superb. In the end, the novel more than does justice to the idea of the Just City. Booklist (starred review) An extraordinarily ambitious achievement ... The Just City is a glorious example of one of the primary purposes of speculative fiction: serving as a map to the potentials and miseries of a possible world. The Globe and Mail Walton shines, as she always does, in the small and hurtful and glorious business of interpersonal relationships. -- Cory Doctorow Jo Walton [is] utterly brilliant. Independent, on My Real Children Rendered with Walton's usual power and beauty. New York Times, on My Real Children