Helen Collins is the author of two science fiction novels, Mutagenesis (Tor, 1993) and NeuroGenesis (Speculative Fiction Review, 2008), and a mainstream romance, Egret (Haworth Press 2001). The sf novels were reprinted by Niantic last year, and electronic versions are forthcoming. Her critical articles include "The Cooperative Vision in Science Fiction" (Communities/Journal of Cooperation) and "New Images of Sex in Science Fiction" (Nassau Review). She has also discussed SF themes at cons, in libraries, on radio, and local television. Her presentations at academic events include "The Alternate Woman" at a New England Modern Language Association meeting, as well as "The Science in Fiction" and "Orwell's 1984 in Relation to the Dystopian Tradition in Science Fiction" at a Nassau Community College Colloquium.
After earning her MA in 18th- and 19th-century English Literature at the University of Connecticut, Collins joined the faculty at Brooklyn College and then Nassau Community College on Long Island, where for many years she taught courses ranging from science fiction to women writers. In addition to science fiction, she is strongly committed to animals, to old houses (she has restored her eighteenth-century house located on a threatened tidal marsh in Connecticut): and to the preservation of the natural environment.