Marusek worked as a graphic designer for about twenty years and for eleven years he also taught graphic design at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He became serious about a writing career around 1986; success began soon after he attended Clarion West in 1992. His third published story, "We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy," garnered attention. In 1999 his novella "The Wedding Album" won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novella. His first novel, Counting Heads (a much bigger expansion of "...Joy"), was published by Tor Books in 2005, and was the subject of Dave Itzkoff's debut "Across the Universe" column in the March 5, 2006 New York Times.
A second novel titled Mind Over Ship (a sequel to Counting Heads) was released by Tor Books on January 20, 2009. A short story collection, Getting to Know You, was published by Subterranean Press in 2007 and was reprinted by Del Rey Books in 2008.
He lived in various places in youth. He is divorced. He has a daughter. He has lived in Alaska since 1973 and that is the state he is most associated with.
- "The Earth Is on the Mend" (1993)
- "She Was Good--She Was Funny" (1994)
- "We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy" (1995)
- "Getting to Know You" (1998)
- "Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz" (1999)
- "Cabbages and Kales, or, How We Downsized North America" (1999)
- "The Wedding Album" (1999)
- "VTV" (2000)
- "A Boy in Cathyland" (2001)
- "Listen to Me" (2003)
- "My Morning Glory"(2006)
- "HealthGuard" (2007)
- "Osama Phone Home"(2007)
- Getting to Know You (2007)
- "The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award". The Theodore Sturgeon Award. J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
- Mann, Laurie (2012-01-19). "1999 Nebula Final Ballot". Awardweb. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
- Dave Itzkoff, "It's All Geek To Me," New York Times, March 6, 2006.
- online text
- Personal site
- Counting Heads blog
- Locus interview excerpt
- Links to a selection of reviews
- David Marusek at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database