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Palmer, Suzanne

Entry updated 7 August 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1968-    ) US author and computer system administrator who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Ins and Outs of Intergalactic Diplomacy" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine for August/September 2005. She topped the Asimov's Readers' Poll in various categories (including Poetry) from 2016 to 2020. Her Hard SF story "The Secret Life of Bots" (September 2017 Clarkesworld) won a Hugo as best novelette; her novella "Waterlines" (July/August 2019 Asimov's) received the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award; and "Bots of the Lost Ark" (June 2021 Clarkesworld) won another Hugo as best novelette.

At book length Palmer has published the trilogy The Finder Chronicles, comprising Finder (2019), Driving the Deep (2020) and The Scavenger Door (2021), a lively and light-hearted Space Opera sequence whose protagonist Fergus Ferguson is an "interstellar repo man" (preferring the job description Finder). His first exploit or caper is the retrieval of a stolen Spaceship; shenanigans ensue, with the initial mission increasingly recomplicated by AI, Military SF diversions, distinctive Villains and menacing Aliens with their own agenda. The series has proved popular. [DRL]

Suzanne Palmer

born near Boston, Massachusetts: 1968



The Finder Chronicles

  • Finder (New York: DAW Books, 2019) [Finder Chronicles: hb/Kekai Kotaki]
  • Driving the Deep (New York: DAW Books, 2020) [Finder Chronicles: hb/Kekai Kotaki]
  • The Scavenger Door (New York: DAW Books, 2021) [Finder Chronicles: hb/]


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