I stumbled across writer Aliette de Bodard while looking for a short story to read for Brian Lindenmuth's 365 Short Story Challenge. I loved the story ("Worlds Like a Hundred Thousand Pearls") so much I immediately headed over to Amazon.com to buy the first book in her historical fantasy/mystery series Servant of the Underworld, Obsidian & Blood, Book 1. (I love the instant gratification of kindle sales, I really do.)
If you like gorgeous writing, you will love her work. Check out her website here. Check out her Wikipedia entry here.
You can follow her on twitter @aliettedb and she's on Facebook as well. But don't waste your time fiddling with social media, go to her site and read some of the free samples of her work. You can read "Worlds Like a Hundred Thousand Pearls" here.