M. M. Buckner graduated with English honors from Memphis State University, studied writing at Harvard University, then earned her master’s degree in creative writing at Boston University. She has traveled through Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and North America, lived in California, Alaska, Maine, and Massachusetts, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. As marketing vice president for a nationwide financial firm, her commercial writing earned numerous professional awards, including two Diamond Addies. She is currently a freelance writer, environmental activist, and whitewater kayaker. Other publishing credits include short stories, creative nonfiction, magazine features, and content for many websites. She authored a major research report for the World Wildlife Fund. “M. M. Buckner is the first clear-cut new star of twenty-first century SF,” writes Hugo Award–winning author Robert J. Sawyer.