Athena Andreadis is a scientist by day, a writer by night. She arrived in the U.S. from Greece at 18 to pursue biochemistry and astrophysics as a scholarship student at Harvard, then MIT. In her research, Athena examines a fundamental gene regulatory mechanism, alternative splicing. Her model is the human tau gene, whose product is a scaffolding protein in neurons. Disturbances in tau splicing result in dementia and cognitive disabilities.
Combining her interests, Athena wrote To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek (Crown, 1998), a stealth science book that investigates biology, psychology, and sociology through the lens of the popular eponymous series. She reviewed books for Harvard Review for a decade, and wrote speculative fiction and non-fiction on a wide swath of topics. In 2003, she won a National Education Award for her essay "The Double Helix: Why Science Needs Science Fiction." She contributed a chapter to 50 Voices of Disbelief (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), is quoted in Jon Turney's The Rough Guide to the Future (Penguin, 2010), two of her poems have been reprinted in The Moment of Change (Aqueduct, 2012) and her story "Planetfall" was translated for Nowa Fantastyka in 2013 and will be included in Apex World SF 3. She conceived of and edited the feminist space opera anthology The Other Half of the Sky, published in April 2013 by Candlemark and Gleam to rave reviews (so far).
Athena's stories and poems have appeared in Crossed Genres, Cabinet des Fées, Stone Telling, Bull Spec, and elsewhere, and her essays and reviews have appeared in the likes of Scientific American, The Huffington Post, H+ Magazine, io9, Science in My Fiction, Strange Horizons, SF Signal, and World SF. Excerpts of her longer fiction works, art inspired by her fiction, and many articles cross-posted in other venues can be found on her website, Starship Reckless.
Athena cherishes all the time she gets to spend with her partner, Peter Cassidy. She reads voraciously, collects original art, has traveled extensively, and would travel even more if her benchwork allowed it. She doesn't play an instrument, but she can sing on-key in the four languages she knows—all of which she speaks with a slight accent.