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Sue Burke

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Connection to Illinois: Burke lives in Chicago.

Biography: 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.

  • ''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
  • ''Immunity Index'',
  • -- Bustle's 40 Best New Books May 2021 Amazon Best of the Month May 2021

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Immunity Index
ISBN: 1250317878 OCLC: 1191216387

Tor Books 2021

Sue Burke, author of Semiosis and Interference, gives readers a new near-future, hard SF novel. Immunity Index blends Orphan Black with Contagion in a terrifying outbreak scenario. In a US facing growing food shortages, stark inequality, and a growing fascist government, three perfectly normal young women are about to find out that they share a great deal in common. Their creator, the gifted geneticist Peng, made them that way--before such things were outlawed. Rumors of a virus make their way through an unprotected population on the verge of rebellion, only to have it turn deadly. As the women fight to stay alive and help, Peng races to find a cure-- and the cover up behind the virus--

Interference: A Novel (Semiosis Duology, 2)
ISBN: 1250317843 OCLC: 1079844276

Tor Books 2019

Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission. But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.--Provided by publisher

Semiosis Duology, 1
ISBN: 076539135X OCLC: 985072297

Tor Books 2018

Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they'll have to survive on the one they found. They don't realize another life form watches ... and waits ... Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.--