M. Friesner was
educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A's in both Spanish and
Drama. She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was
awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Yale for a
number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy
and science fiction. She has published twenty-seven novels so far; her
most recent titles include Temping Fate from Penguin-Puffin
Princess from Random House.
Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy
& Science Fiction, Aboriginal SF, Pulphouse Magazine, Amazing,
and Fantasy Book, as well as in numerous anthologies. Her story, "Love's
Eldritch Ichor," was featured in the 1990 World Fantasy Convention
Her first stint as an anthology editor was Alien
Pregnant By Elvis, a
collection of truly gonzo original tabloid SF for DAW books. Wisely, she
undertook this project with the able collaboration of Martin H. Greenberg.
Not having learned their lesson, they have also co-edited the Chicks
In Chainmail Amazon comedy anthology series for Baen Books, as well
Muse, an anthology
of vampire stories for Donald I Fine, Inc.
"Ask Auntie Esther" was her regular etiquette and advice column
to the SFlorn in
Pulphouse Magazine. Being paid for telling other people how to run
their lives sounds like a pretty good deal to her.
Ms. Friesner won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story of 1995 for her
work, "Death and the Librarian," and the Nebula for Best Short
Story of 1996 for "A Birth Day." (A Birth Day" was also
a 1996 Hugo Award finalist.) Her novelette, "Jesus at the Bat" was
on the final Nebula ballot in the same year that "Death and the Librarian" won
the award. In addition, she has won the Romantic Times award for Best New
Fantasy Writer in 1986 and the Skylark Award in 1994. Her short story, "All
Vows," took second place in the Asimov's SF Magazine Readers' Poll
for 1993 and was a finalist for the Nebula in 1994. Her Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine novel, Warchild, made the USA TODAY bestseller list.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious
cats, and a fluctuating population of hamsters.