Maureen F. McHugh

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Maureen F. McHugh
Maureen McHugh in 2006.
Maureen McHugh in 2006.
BornFebruary 13, 1959
OccupationWriter, novelist
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy

Maureen F. McHugh (born February 13, 1959[1]) is a science fiction and fantasy writer.


Her first published story was published as a Twilight Zone first under a male pseudonym in 1988,[1] followed quickly by a pair of publications under her own name in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in 1989. Since then, she has written four novels and over twenty short stories. Her first novel, China Mountain Zhang (1992), was nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Award, and won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.[1] In 1996 she won a Hugo Award for her short story "The Lincoln Train" (1995). McHugh's short story collection Mothers and Other Monsters was shortlisted as a finalist for the Story Prize in December, 2005.[2]

Maureen is currently a partner at No Mimes Media, an Alternate Reality Game company which she co-founded with Steve Peters and Behnam Karbassi in March 2009.[3] Prior to founding No Mimes, Maureen worked for 42 Entertainment, where she was a Writer and/or Managing Editor for numerous Alternate Reality Game projects, including Year Zero and I Love Bees.


Stories (Partial List)[edit]

  • "Kites" (1989)
  • "Baffin Island" (1989)
  • "The Queen of Marincite" (1990)
  • "Render unto Caesar" (1992)
  • "Protection" (1992)
  • "The Missionary's Child" (1992)
  • "The Beast" (1992)
  • "Tut's Wife" (1993) (collected in Mike Resnick's 1993 alternate history anthology Alternate Warriors)
  • "A Foreigner's Christmas in China" (1993)
  • "Whispers" (1993)
  • "A Coney Island of the Mind" (1993)
  • "Virtual Love" (1994)
  • "Nekropolis" (1994)
  • "The Ballad of Ritchie Valenzuela" (1994) (collected in Mike Resnick's 1994 alternate history anthology Alternate Outlaws)
  • "The Lincoln Train" (1995) (collected in Mike Resnick's 1997 alternate history anthology Alternate Tyrants) Hugo Award, Locus Award
  • "Joss" (1995)
  • "In the Air" (1995)
  • "Learning to Breathe" (1995)
  • "Homesick" (1996)
  • "The Cost to Be Wise" (1996)
  • "Interview: On Any Given Day" (2001)
  • "Presence" (2002)
  • "Ancestor Money" (2003)
  • "Eight-Legged Story" (2003)
  • "Frankenstein's Daughter" (2003)
  • "Cannibal Acts" (2017)[4]


Alternate Reality Games[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Maureen F. McHugh interview (excerpts)". Locus Online. October 1999. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  2. ^ "2005 Prize Winners". The Story Prize. Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  3. ^ Waite, Jonathan (2009-03-13). "No Mimes Media: New company, familiar faces". ARGNet. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  4. ^ "Cannibal Acts". Boston Review. 2017. Retrieved 2020-03-26.

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