Madeline Ashby

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Madeline Ashby
Born (1983-04-24) April 24, 1983 (age 36)[1]
Panorama City, California
GenreScience fiction
Notable workCompany Town

Madeline Ashby (born April 24, 1983 in Panorama City, California)[2] is an American-Canadian science fiction writer.[3] She is best known for her 2016 novel Company Town,[4] which was selected for the 2017 edition of Canada Reads.[5]

She previously published the novels VN (2012)[6] and iD (2013),[7] as well as numerous short stories in anthologies and literary magazines.[3] A graduate of OCAD University,[3] she is a regular columnist for the Ottawa Citizen.[3]

In addition to being a science fiction writer, Ashby has also had jobs working for Intel, the Ontario government, and design and communication firms.[2] She now lives in Toronto, Ontario.[2]

In 2013, Ashby was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer,[8] but recused herself on the grounds that her professional writing career had started with her 2009 publication of a short story in Nature — and thus her two-year Campbell eligibility period had expired in 2011.[9]


  1. ^ Ashby, Madeleine (April 24, 2013). "Inevitable Birthday Post: 30". Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Madeline Ashby". 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  3. ^ a b c d "Madeline Ashby: Author of Company Town". CBC Books, January 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Live and Let Die: Madeline Ashby’s Company Town"., May 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "CBC announces Canada Reads finalists, panellists, and host". Quill & Quire, January 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Reviews: VN by Madeline Ashby". Strange Horizons, September 17, 2012.
  7. ^ "Cracking the Failsafe: iD by Madeline Ashby"., June 18, 2013.
  8. ^ 2013 Hugo Statistics, at; retrieved June 2, 2018
  9. ^ Don’t nominate me for the Campbell; I declined it last year., by Madeline Ashby, at; published January 11, 2014; retrieved June 2, 2018

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