Maureen McHugh is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. Her first novel, China Mountain Zhang (Tor, 1992) won the James Tiptree Award, the Locus Award for First Novel and the Lambda. Her collection Mothers & Other Monsters (Small Beer Press, 2006) was a finalist for The Story Award. She published short fiction in Asimov’s and Fantasy and Science Fiction, including her Hugo-winning story, “The Lincoln Train” (F&SF April, 1995). She also worked on several internet games, including “I Love Bees,” where she was managing editor. (“I Love Bees” won a Webby Award and an Innovation Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards.) She’s taught at Clarion and Clarion West.

She moved to Austin, Texas in 2006, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. So far, she thinks Austin is great, but every time she says that, someone feels compelled to tell her how hot Austin is in August.