Michaela Roessner is the author of four novels: The Stars Compel (Tor, 1999), The Stars Dispose (Tor, 1997), Vanishing Point (Tor, 1993), and Walkabout Woman (Bantam, 1988), for which she won both the Crawford Award and the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has published short fiction in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, OMNI Magazine, Strange Plasma, and various anthologies, including Conqueror Fantastic (DAW Books, 2004), Intersections (Tor, 1996), and Full Spectrum 2 (Bantam Books, 1989).

Her stories "The Fisherman's Wife," "The Fishes Speak," and "The Klepsydra," are forthcoming within the year from, respectively,Canada'sRoom Magazine,the U.K.'sPostscripts Magazine, and Wheatland Press's Polyphony 7 Anthology (well, like everybody else, she's hoping that Polyphony 7is coming out).Besides her current short fiction, Michaela is finishing up her fifth novel, The Waters of Babylon,and is working on chapters for a Beastiary.

Believing in the premise that it's better to go back to school late than never, she graduated last year with an MFA from the Stonecoast Creative Writing program. She teaches online writing classes for Gotham Writers Workshop and Axia College. She has practiced Aikido for over 25 years and has been known to fall down with great mastery.