November 1, 1960 |
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
Mark Budz is an American science fiction writer. Budz was born on November 1, 1960 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey into a family that traveled prodigiously. In the late 1980s, Budz moved to Oregon to become a full-time writer. Although he began by writing short stories, his novels such as Clade and Crache have been nominated for major awards.
After Mark Budz was born in New Jersey, he moved around a lot because his father worked for the National Park Service, living in Arizona, California, and Colorado. In 1982, Budz graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering. After graduating, he worked at several different jobs, including sales at manufacturer’s representative for ITT Bell & Gossett, retail sales, publisher's reader for a small press, and technical support. Currently, Budz is a technical writer for a software company near Silicon Valley.
In the late 1980s, Budz moved to Eugene, Oregon to attempt to become a full-time writer, beginning with short stories. Although becoming a short story writer did not work out, he decided to become a novel writer, which began with his first novel Clade in 2003. In subsequent years, he published other novels such as Crache and Idolon.
- Toy Soldiers
- Zinnias on the Moon
- The War Inside
- Philip K. Dick Award nominee - In 2003, Clade was a nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award.
- Andre Norton Award - In 2004, Mark Budz won the second annual Norton Award for his novel Clade.