Maureen F. McHugh is a science fiction and fantasy American writer. She was born in 1959 in a blue collar town in Ohio and lived in New York City, Shijiazhuang, China, and Austin, Texas. McHugh has written four novels and two collections of short fiction. In 1996 she won a Hugo Award for her short story “The Lincoln Train.” She won the James Tiptree Award for her first novel, China Mountain Zhang. She was a Finalist for the Story Award for Mothers & Other Monsters, and won a Shirley Jackson Award for her collection After the Apocalypse. After the Apocalypse was also named one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of 2011. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California and is a partner at No Mimes Media, an Alternate Reality Game company which she co-founded in 2009. Prior to founding No Mimes, Maureen worked for 42 Entertainment, where she was a writer and managing editor for numerous alternate reality game projects.