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General Information

Name:  Sue Burke  

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Science_Fiction



Illinois Connection

Burke lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sue Burke grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lived briefly in Austin, Texas, y'all, and moved to Madrid, Spain, in December 1999. In 2016, she moved back to Chicago.

By then, she'd become a certified translator, Spanish into English, and had come to know the science fiction community in Spain and its many extraordinary authors. She won the 2016 Alicia Gordon Award for Word Artistry in Translation from the American Translators Association.

She has worked for forty-five years as a journalist, both as a reporter and editor, and writes poetry, essays, translations, and fiction, especially science fiction.

Her perfect day would consist of writing, reading, translating, editing, and cooking. And maybe a walk along Lake Michigan.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''Semiosis Duology, 1'', *2019 Campbell Memorial Award Finalist 2019 Locus Finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel Locus 2018 Recommended Reading List New York Public LibraryBest of 2018 ForbesBest Science Fiction Books of 2019-2019 The VergeBest of 2018 ThrillistBest Books of 2018 Vulture10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2018 Chicago Review of BooksThe 10 Best Science Fiction Books of 2018 Texas Library AssociationLariat List Top Books for 2019 -- ''Immunity Index'', *Bustle's 40 Best New Books May 2021 Amazon Best of the Month May 2021