M.M. Buckner ("Mary") is the author of four speculative SF novels, Hyperthought (Penguin/Ace, 2003; winner of the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award and nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award), Neurolink (Penguin/Ace, 2004), War Surf (Penguin/Ace, 2005; winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), and Watermind (Macmillan/Tor, 2008). She is currently at work on her fifth novel, The Gravity Pilot (Macmillan/Tor, forthcoming 2010). Her novels have been published in Japan, Spain, Germany, and soon Taiwan. Her short stories have appeared in Apex Digest, and her poetry in Mythic Delirium. Other publishing credits include creative nonfiction, magazine features, and content for many Web sites. Buckner earned her M.A. in Creative Writing at Boston University. She has attended the Kenyon Writers Workshop and the Reliance Writers Retreat. She participates in three writing critique groups, including the Nashville Writers Alliance. Her advertising copy has earned two Diamond Addies, numerous Golden Quills and other professional awards. She is a freelance writer, environmental activist, and whitewater kayaker. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and one cat named "Trouble."