Laura J. Mixon

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Laura J. Mixon (born December 8, 1957) is a chemical and environmental engineer better known as a science fiction writer.[1] She writes about the impact of technology and environmental changes on personal identity and social structures. Her work has been the focus of academic studies on the intersection of technology, feminism, and gender. She has also experimented with interactive storytelling, in collaboration with renowned game designer Chris Crawford.[2] She is married to SF writer Steven Gould (Jumper), with whom she collaborated on the novel Greenwar. In 2011, she began publishing under the pen name Morgan J. Locke.[3][4] Under that name, she is one of the writers for the group blog Eat Our Brains.


Mixon was born in December 1957 and went on to become a Chemical and Environmental Engineer. In the 1980s, she took a break from that work to serve in the Peace Corps in East Africa. Her first book, Astropilots, was published as part of a Young Adult series by Scholastic/Omni books in 1987. Her second novel, Glass Houses, was originally serialized in Analog Magazine in 1991; it was published by Tor Books the following year. She wrote her next book, Proxies, set in the same universe as Glass Houses, but with a bigger scope.[5] Burning the Ice continues the story begun in Proxies, but takes place long after the colony ship has left Earth.

Mixon is married to SF writer Steven Gould, with whom she has two daughters. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[2][6]



  • Astropilots (USA: Omni Odysseys/Scholastic pb, Jun 1987; UK: Dragon Books pb, 1987; Japan: Hayakawa Books pb, 1989)
  • Glass Houses (Analog Magazine, Dec 1991; Tor Books pb, May 1992)
  • Greenwar, in collaboration with Steven Gould (Forge Books hc, Jun 1997; Tor Books pb, Nov 1998)
  • Proxies (Tor Books hc, Sep 1998; pb Oct 1999)
  • Burning the Ice (Tor Books hc, Aug 2002)
  • Up Against It (Tor Books hc, Mar 2011) as Morgan J. Locke


  • “A Dose of Reality”, with Melinda M. Snodgrass (Wild Cards XIV, Baen Books pb; Mar 1994)[1]


Short stories[edit]

  • “True North,” as Morgan J. Locke (Welcome to the Greenhouse, edited by Gordon van Gelder, O/R Press Feb 2011)


  • “A Pilgrim's Progress: My Experiments with a New Interactive Storytelling Technology” (The SFWA Bulletin, May 1997)
  • “Writing on the Edges: The Science in Science Fiction” (The SFWA Bulletin, Jun 1999)


  • Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002.
  1. ^ a b Viable Paradise profile: Laura J. Mixon Accessed 9-12-2011.
  2. ^ a b Storytron Online - Team Member Bio of Laura J. Mixon
  3. ^ "A conversation in 140 character bites.". An Unconvincing Narrative. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "About Me.". Feral Sapient. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Steven Gould & Laura J. Mixon: Two by Two, Locus Magazine, August 1997. Online excerpt accessed September 13, 2011
  6. ^ "Green Dreams, with Explosions;" interview of Laura J. Mixon and Steven Gould, by Jayme Lynn Blaschke. Interzone 160, October 2000

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