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M. K. Hobson

M K Hobson
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Birth dateJanuary 21, 1969
Place of birthRiverside, California
Pen nameMary Catherine Koroloff
Literary movementbustlepunk

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M. K. Hobson (born January 21, 1969) is a speculative fiction and fantasy writer. In 2003 she was a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her debut novel The Native Star was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award. She lives in Oregon City, Oregon.

Hobson's short fiction has appeared in magazines such as SCI FICTION, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and ChiZine. Her work has also appeared in anthologies such as Polyphony 5 and Polyphony 6 and Medicine Show. Hobson's story "The Hand of the Devil on a String" appeared on the 2008 Best American Fantasy recommended reading list, and her other work has received Honorable Mentions in “Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror” and “Year’s Best Science Fiction."

She is the author of two historical fantasy novels. The first, (The Native Star), was published by Bantam Spectra on August 31, 2010. The sequel (Goddess) followed on April 26, 2011. Hobson has described the style of these novels as "Bustlepunk."

She is co-editor—with author Douglas Lain—of the surrealist/anarchist 'zine Diet Soap. She is also a co-host of the fantasy podcast PodCastle, a sister podcast of Escape Pod.

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