Seanan McGuire (pronounced SHAWN-in) (born January 5, 1978, in Martinez, California) is an American author and filker. In 2010, she was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention. Her novella Every Heart a Doorway received the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella, the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella, and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Novella.McGuire is known for her urban fantasy novels. She adopted the pseudonym Mira Grant to write science fiction/horror. As Grant, she published the political thriller/zombie series Newsflesh, comprising the books Feed (2010), Deadline (2011), Blackout (2012), and Feedback (2016). Blackout was nominated for a 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Additionally, in 2017, The Wine in Dreams was published as part of the novella collection, Star Wars: Canto Bight, a tie-in to the 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In 2013, McGuire received a record five Hugo nominations in total, two for works as Grant and the other three under her own name.
McGuire was born in California. She has described her interests as including "swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles." She identifies as pansexual, or bisexual, and demisexual.
Awards and nominations
McGuire was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention.In 2010, McGuire's novel Feed (written under the pseudonym Mira Grant) ranked #74 in a National Public Radio listener poll of the top 100 thriller novels of all time. Feed was also selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 2010. It was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award, as well as the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Its sequel, Deadline, was also nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The stand-alone Newsflesh story "Countdown" was nominated for the 2012 Best Novella Hugo. Her filk album Wicked Girls was nominated for the 2012 Best Related Work Hugo. The SF Squeecast, a podcast to which she contributes, won the 2012 Hugo Award for best fancast.McGuire was the inductee into the 2012 Darrell Awards Hall of Fame for her contributions to mid-south science fiction.SF Squeecast won its second Hugo in 2013. Blackout received a 2013 Hugo nomination for Best Novel. In addition, McGuire received three other nominations (a record five nominations in a single year): best novella (as Grant) and twice for best novelette (both as McGuire).McGuire won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella for Every Heart a Doorway. McGuire has won six Pegasus Awards:Every Heart a Doorway was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2017. Beneath the Sugar Sky was nominated for the 2019 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.McGuire has won the American Library Association's Alex Award twice: in 2017 for Every Heart a Doorway and in 2018 for Down Among the Sticks and Bones. This makes her the first author to win the award in two consecutive years.McGuire has received five nominations for the Hugo Award for Best Series. The October Daye series was nominated in 2017, 2019, and 2021, and the InCryptid series was nominated in 2018 and 2020.
Seanan McGuire at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Seanan McGuire at Library of Congress Authorities, with 9 catalog records
Mira Grant at LC Authorities, with 4 records