Writers About Themselves

family photoMarina and Sergey Dyachenko — co-authors of novels, short fiction, plays and scripts.

They write in Russian and Ukrainian languages with several novels published in translation in the United States. The primary genres of their books are modern speculative fiction, fantasy, and literary tales.

Here’s what Wikipedia knows about them.



Marina and Sergey classify the majority of their works as “M”-realism (a possible guess is that “M” stands for Magic, but it was never confirmed by either author).

Their first work, The Gate-Keeper, was published in 1994. This novel received the “Crystal Table” prize at the book festival Zoryany Schlyach, the novel was awarded the title “Best Debut Work” during EuroCon competition in 1995. The Gate-keeper became the first novel in Dyachenko’s fantasy tetralogy “Wanderers”. With publishing of The Scar(1997), the sequel of The Gate-Keeper, Dyachenko established themselves as masters of psychological fantastic fiction. The Scar has received “Sword in the Stone” (1997) award as the best fantasy novel published between 1995 to 1999. The novel The Ritual was published in 1996.

The novel Age of the Witch (1997) has a unique setting – it contains characters from various (mainly Slavonic) mythologies, creating a unique background. This novel received a literature award from the magazine “Rainbow” in 1997 and the “Zilantkon” – “Great Zilant” prize in Kazan in 1998.

The novel The Cave (1998) was awarded “Moon Sword” prize in 1999 for the best work in the genre of “mystical literature” in 1997-1999.

The novella “The Burned Tower” (1998) received a prize at Interpresscon competition in 1999.

The Frontier (1999), written in co-authorship with A. Valentinov and H. L. Oldie, was awarded the “Golden Caduceus” prize at the festival “Star Bridge – 2000″.

The Execution (1999) received “The Wаnderer” award in 2000 and the Reader Appreciation award “Sigma-F” in 2000 as the Novel of the Year.

Armagedd-Home (1999) is a result of the long-term effort, written in the genre of social science fiction. The book describes different periods of the female heroine’s life and the society she lives in. In the opinion of many critics and readers, it is one of the best Dyachenko’s novels.

The Green Card (2000) is realistic tale about people from Kyiv, who have received an opportunity to immigrate to the U.S. A screenplay was based on this book.

A variation on Cervantes’ classic, novella “The Last Don Quixote” (2000) became a base for a theatrical play. The novel was awarded the “Bronze Snail” (2001).

Magicians Can Do Anything (2001) was awarded the “Golden Caduceus” award at the “Golden Bridge – 2001″ festival.

In 2001 Marina and Sergey Dyachenko were awarded the Aelita Award.

The novel Valley of the Conscience was awarded the following prizes: “Bronze Snail – 2002″, “Russian science fiction – 2002″, “Sigma-F – 2002″, and the “Golden Caduceus” award at the festival “Golden Bridge – 2002″.

Pandem took the “Silver Caduceus” prize at the “Star Bridge -2003″ festival.

Varan was awarded the “Bronze Caduceus” prize at the “Star Bridge -2004″ festival.

The Pentacle, in co-authorship with A. Valentinov and G. L. Oldi, was awarded the “Golden Caduceus” prize at the “Star Bridge – 2005″ festival.

Wild Energy: Lana (2006) is a fantasy fairy tale, written under impression of the music of the Ukrainian singer Ruslana. The book was dedicated to Ruslana as well. This novel is full of action, rhythm and energy. The novel was awarded the “Bronze Caduceus” prize at the “Star Bridge – 2006″ festival.

In 2006 they published first part of the fantasy series named The Key to the Kingdom and its sequel Oberon’s Word, Alena and Aspirin, a psychological fantastic novel, was published as well.

The novel Vita Nostra was published in 2007.


Wikipedia data is not complete, of course, we had several new novels published since 2007. Here they are:



Marina and Sergey on the poster of the Star Bridge festival.

2008 — The Copper King, fantasy novel loosely coonected to Varan, and Evil Has No Power, third novel in “The Key to the Kingdom” cycle.

2009 — Digital, or Brevis Est, modern take of “world power” seduction theme.

2010 — Migrant, or Brevi Finietur, extraterrestrial “coming of age” novel.

2011 — Possessed is modern urban fantasy.

2012 — Stokrat is fix-up science-fantasy novel, composed from several novellas and novelettes connected by the title character. “Stokrat” is the name adopted by the self-made rogue mage who discovers the strangeness of the world he lives in.

Stay tuned!