Maureen F. McHugh: Biography

Maureen F. McHugh

13 feb 1959

Maureen F McHugh is an American author of science fiction and fantasy novels, born in 1959. Her first publication came in the form of a short story which was first printed under a male penname in 1988. A year later she published 2 more short stories, this time using her own name, in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.

Her first novel, a book called China Mountain Zhang, came a few years later in 1992. This, her debut novel, was nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula Award and was the winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Over the next 10 years, McHugh published a further 3 novels, all of which were well received within the science fiction and fantasy community even if they did not go on to win as many awards as her debut. She is also the author of more than 20 short stories, her most famous one being The Lincoln Train which won both a Hugo and a Nebula award when it was published in 1995.

Maureen F McHugh published her last short story in 2003, and decided to concentrate on writing computer games instead. In 2009, McHugh took a step away from writing novels to set up an Alternate Reality Gaming company with Steve Peters and Benham Karbassi. She had previously worked as a writer on a number of different alternate reality games and projects, but decided to establish her own business: No Mimes Media.