About Daniel

Daniel Jose ?Older, a lead story architect for Star Wars: The High Republic, is the New York Times best-selling author of the upcoming Young Adult fantasy novel Ballad & Dagger (book 1 of the Outlaw Saints series), the sci-fi adventure Flood City, the monthly comic series The High Republic Adventures. His other books include the historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, The Book of Lost Saints, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, including Shadowshaper, which was named one of the best fantasy books of all time by TIME magazine and one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, The World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, and the Mythopoeic Award. He co-wrote the upcoming graphic novel Death’s Day. You can find more info and read about his decade long career as an NYC paramedic at http://danieljoseolder.net/

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16 Replies to “About Daniel”

  1. You got a big fan here in Salvador, Brasil! Loved Salsa Nocturna! Can’t wait to look through this site and read more of your work! Para frente! Axé, Jacob

  2. Mr. Older,

    Thank you for your video on the use of italics for spanish words in english. It wasn’t something I’d thought about before and was a pertinent point. At the moment we’re putting together an anthology of science fiction stories for middle grade readers. We have a couple of stories with latina main characters, and I’ll be re-editing to make this change.


    Corie Weaver
    The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide

  3. Some writers still have there books sold at CC even when they are not present can I still buy your book at Comic Con on Sunday? If so what booth should I look for? I know I can find it online but I would prefer buying it at CC.

    thank you

  4. Señor Older: I will be buying “Half-Resurrection Blues” and I want to make sure that I have a complete collection of stories set in the “Bone Street Rumba” world. I have the novella “Anyway: Angie” (I bought it in support of your work) and I noticed that the stories in “Salsa Nocturna” appear to fall within the same world. Are there any other published stories that also occur in this world? If there are, I’d appreciate your telling me their titles and where I can find them.

    Sincerely, Simon Ellberger

    1. Thanks Simon! Both Anyway: Angie and another story that’s now up on Tor.com, Kia and Gio are edited excerpts from the HRB sequel, Midnight Taxi Tango. That book ends right before Salsa Nocturna begins, chronologically, but there are no spoilers if you read them out of order. Besides that, the only other published story in that world is called Victory Music and was published on PANK: http://pankmagazine.com/piece/victory-music/

  5. Thank you for telling me a story that I really needed to hear about rooftops and weird monsters on bikes, about friends and house ghosts who love you anyway. Thanks for telling me a story about women as friends, women as heroes, about the excitement and terror of new love. Thanks for telling me a story where people smoke without guilt and drink everything but water. Thanks for telling me a story about enduring under the weight of bureaucracy and the confliction of a beautiful concept executed with malice. Thank you for a story that treats me, my people, my culture casually, as a ‘just is’ and not an exhibition. Thank you for words like ‘assery’ and phrases like ‘infinite ughh’. Thank you for writing and thank you for sharing your story with me and the rest of the world. I needed that.

  6. Hi Daniel,

    I am just letting you know that Nalo Hopkinson’s new collection of her short fiction will be available this fall from Tachyon Publications. This is her first collection in more than twelve years. FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS (https://tachyonpublications.com/product/falling-love-hominids/)ISBN: 9781616961985 / Published: August 2015 / Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and ebooks

    If you are interested in seeing a copy, please let me know and I will send you (either a digital copy or an ARC).

    Hope to hear for you.


  7. Once I started to read your book, I couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for book 2. Please inform me when it is released. Thank you.
    P.S I will be giving my copy of your book to one of my daughters previous English teachers. He of course loves to read and post his thoughts and recommends books not only to his students but to parents and coworkers.

  8. Daniel,

    I’m a librarian in DC and want to run a Young Adult book club on ShadowShaper. Are there any reading guides out there that I can use?


  9. I recently finished Shadowshapers and loved every minute of it. As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I can see the hallmark of a television series in Shadowshapers that would entertain, educate, and thrill viewers. Shadowshapers is the perfect teen paranormal thriller. Its contrast and similarities with BTVS provide an awesome bridge from the old West Coast show to a modern East Coast world. The music, the tone, the flavors of the world, along with a new myth would be so captivating that I think your audience already exist and is waiting for Sierra and friends to enter the scene. I look forward to reading more of your work, and I will keep my fingers crossed for a new television series.

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