On the Origin of Species and Other Stories

Longlist, National Book Awards 2021 for Translated Literature

ISBN 9781885030719
Kaya Press
Bo-Young Kim

Bo-Young Kim won the inaugural Korean Science & Technology Creative Writing Award with her first published novella in 2004 and has gone on to win the annual South Korean Science Fiction Novel Award three times. More about this author >

Joungmin Lee Comfort

Joungmin Lee Comfort is a Korean-English translator based in the US. In 2016, she received a translation grant from the Literary Translation Institute of Korea, which began her career in literary translation. (Photo credit: ATLA) More about this author >

Sora Kim-Russell

Sora Kim-Russell is a literary translator based in Seoul. Her recent publications include Kim Un-su’s The Plotters, Hwang Sok-yong’s At Dusk, and Pyun Hye-young’s City of Ash and Red. (Photo credit: Words Without Borders) More about this author >

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(Translated by: Joungmin Lee Comfort and Sora Kim-Russell, Eunhae Jo and Melissa Chan, and Gord Sellar and Jihyun Park)


Straddling science fiction, fantasy and myth, the writings of award-winning author Bo-Young Kim have garnered a cult following in South Korea, where she is widely acknowledged as a pioneer and inspiration. On the Origin of Species makes available for the first time in English some of Kim’s most acclaimed stories, as well as an essay on science fiction. Her strikingly original, thought-provoking work teems with human and non-human beings, all of whom are striving to survive through evolution, whether biologically, technologically or socially. Kim’s literature of ideas offers some of the most rigorous and surprisingly poignant reflections on post-human existence being written today.