Mary Doria Russell is an American novelist.
Russell was born in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were both in the military: her father was a Marine Corps drill instructor, and her mother was a Navy nurse. She earned a Ph.D in biological anthropology at the University of Michigan.
Her first two novels, The Sparrow (1996) and Children of God (1998) were SF.
She has won the following genre awards: James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, British Science Fiction Association's Best Novel Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Gaylactic Spectrum Hall of Fame Award, and the Kurd Laßwitz Preis (German Nebula). She was GoH at 4Pi-Con in 2009.
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