Nicky Drayden is an African-American systems analyst and writer from Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, The Prey of Gods (Harper Voyager), featured in The New York Times' Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy and The Wall Street Journal's Summer Reading: One Expert, One Book. Drayden's sophomore novel, Temper, is touted as an exciting blend of Afrofuturism and New Weird. Her travels to South Africa as a college student influenced both of these works, and she enjoys blurring the genre lines between mythology, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.
In between novels, Drayden frequently dabbles in short fiction, with over 30 stories in publications such as Shimmer, Daily Science Fiction, and Space and Time Magazine. In 2018, Drayden was hired as the head writer for a series of episodes behind Magic: The Gathering’s 79th and 80th expansions, Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance.