Karen Burnham is vocationally an electromagnetics engineer and avocationally a science fiction critic and reviewer. Her first book, Greg Egan (University of Illinois Press, 2014) was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award for Non-Fiction, as was her essay "The Complexity of the Humble Space Suit" found in Ian Sale's anthology Rocket Science (Mutation Press, 2012). She also contributed a chapter on the webcomic xkcd to Mathematics in Popular Culture (MacFarland Press, 2012). She writes for magazines such as Locus, Strange Horizons, New York Review of Science Fiction, and Cascadia Subduction Zone. She previously worked at NASA's Johnson Space Center and was the lead EMC engineer on the Dream Chaser space plane. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.