Born in 1967, studied Computer Science and Physics at Bogazici University (double major). Received her MA in Physics form there. Through 1991-1993 worked at CERN (Centre Europeen Recherche Nucleer) as a particle physicist. Her first short story was published in 1991 and the collection of short stroies The Miraculous Mandarin in 1996. In the meantime when her novel The Shell Man was published in 1994 she was busy working toward her PhyD in pyhsics in Rio de Janeiro. However, there she gave up physics to concentrate exclusively on writing. Returning to Turkey in 1996 she finished The City of the Red Cloak which appeatred in 1998. The weekly essays she wrote for a daily newspaper during 1998-2000 was collected under the title When does a journey end? Asli Erdogan who had already been awarded for one of her unpublished stories back in 1990, received the Deutsche Welle award for her Wooden Birds (available in translation to 8 languages including English and German). The City of Red Cloak will be published in France by Actes Sud and in Norway by Gyldendal.
Interests: dancing (classical and candomble),physics, human rights, music