Banker, Ashok

Ashok Kumar Banker is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of over 63 books, which have sold over 3.2 million copies in 21 languages and 61 countries. He has been credited (by The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, among others) with having pioneered English-language genre fiction as well as English-language television serials in India. His ground-breaking internationally acclaimed eight-book Ramayana Series was the first trilogy, series, and SFF genre fiction in English published in India. It revolutionised Indian publishing, sparking off a multi-billion dollar resurgence in Indian mythology across all media.

He has also been credited as the author of the first Indian science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller stories and novels in English, creator and screenwriter of the first Indian TV series in English, co-creator and screenwriter of the first Malaysian TV series in English, the most watched historical TV series in India, the first Indian ebooks in English, the first Indian ebookstore, and several other firsts.

His epic fantasy The Burnt Empire series will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt under their John Joseph Adams imprint starting with Upon a Burning Throne, releasing in hardcover in April 2019.