Suzanne Palmer est née près de Boston, Massachusetts, États-Unis à une date sur la quelle elle est très discrète, précisant néanmoins qu'elle précédé de peu les premiers pas de l'homme sur la Lune.
Son goût pour la science-fiction et la fantasy se manifeste dès son apprentissage de la lecture.
Dès sa jeunesse, elle éprouve une véritable passion pour tout ce qui relève de la créativité, même si elle avoue n'avoir aucun talent pour la musique. Elle remporte plusieurs concours d'art et elle est titulaire d'une licence (ou baccalauréat universitaire : bachelors degree) en beaux-arts avec spécialité sculpture de l'Université du Massachusetts à Amherst.
En 2001, le défi d'un ami (ou d'une amie ?) la pousse à se consacrer à l'écriture. En 2005, elle assiste à l'atelier d'écriture Viable Paradise qui la conforte dans cette voie.
Elle se fait d'abord connaître par ses écrits dans Interzone avant de devenir une habituée du magazine Asimov's. Dans les deux cas, ses textes lui valent à plusieurs reprises le prix des lecteurs. En 2018, elle remporte le prix Hugo de la meilleure novelette avec The Secret Life of Bots. Son premier roman Finder paraît en avril 2019. D’autres sont déjà annoncés, situés dans le même univers.
Elle écrit également des poèmes, dont This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things qui remporte le prix Asimov's en 2018.
Elle vit aujourd'hui dans l'ouest du Massachusetts, entourée de créatures à deux ou quatre pattes.
Source principale : site personnel de Suzanne Palmer (consulté en septembre 2019)
- The Finder Chronicles (SF)
R.01 Finder (univers The Finder Chronicles-01), DAW, avril 2019
"Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder.
His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. He'll slip in, decode the ship's compromised AI security, and get out of town, Sword in hand.
Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a gas-giant-harvesting colony called Cernee. But Fergus' arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger's enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries. What was supposed to be a routine job evolves into negotiating a power struggle between factions. Even worse, Fergus has become increasingly--and inconveniently--invested in the lives of the locals.
It doesn't help that a dangerous alien species thought mythical prove unsettlingly real, and their ominous triangle ships keep following Fergus around.
Foolhardy. Eccentric. Reckless. Whatever he's called, Fergus will need all the help he can get to take back the Sword and maybe save Cernee from destruction in the process." (Présentation sur Goodreads)
L'avis de FeydRautha (consulté en septembre 201)
R.02 Driving the Deep (univers The Finder Chronicles-02), Daw, annoncé pour mai 2020
SÉLECTION DE RÉCITS
2005 The Ins and Outs of Intergalactic Diplomacy (nouvelle, SF), Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #20, août-septembre 2005
"Polar bears! I’ve always been a fan of polar bears. [...] story of a polar bear’s rather odd meal difficulties starts off with at least tentative thumbs up. It’s light tone, witty dialog, and amusing twist make it a definite thumbs up, and a great omen for the author’s future." (Paul J. Iutzi , Tangent Online, novembre 2005)
2006 Spheres (nouvelle, SF), Interzone #207, décembre 2006
“[...] The setting is a bit unusual, a barrio of tethered pods—the spheres of “Spheres”—hanging off of the bottom of a space station, but the story is the familiar tale of a small community of individualists struggling against the corruption of encroaching civilization. The main character, Irvil, is your standard gruff-yet-likable old coot right down to the clipped dialect of his first person narration. [...]" (Paul J. Iutzi , Tangent Online, novembre 2006)
2007 The Neighborly Thing (nouvelle, fantasy), Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #31, septembre 2007
"[...] Emma, a farmer’s wife, confronts her next door neighbor because of bad magic being inflicted upon the town. A rain of purple toads is the latest annoying incident, and it’s time someone put a stop to all this. Mrs. Greenbough is the witch in question, and since she’s getting up there in age, it’s time she pass the mantle of sorcery down to the next generation. [...]" (Marshall Payne, Tangent Online, septembre 2007)
2008 Concession Girl (nouvelle), Interzone #217, août 2008
* Prix Interzone 2009 : 6e place (récit)
2009 Silence & Roses (nouvelle, SF), Interzone #223, juillet-août 2009
"[...] Button-4-Circle-Peach is one of a number of robot caretakers on an estate established by wealthy returnees to their home planet following a war that left their planet a barbaric wasteland (in which that estate is perhaps the only island of comfort and order). The tale begins with the "falling silent" of the last human resident, Thomas. On the same day, a young girl arrives from outside the city. The two events throw the robots into confusion, but also point Button-4 toward a new purpose. [...]" (Nader Elhefnawy, Tangent Online, décembre 2009)
* Prix Interzone 2010 : 6e place (récit)
2010 Zombie Cabana Boy (nouvelle, fantasy), Black Static #17, juin-juillet 2010
“[…] about a widowed woman who end sup in the Caribbean, involved with a group of women who have discovered a, shall we say, alternate use for zombies.” (Rich Horton, Locus, août 2010)
2011 The Ceiling Is Sky (nouvelle), Interzone #234, mai-juin 2011
Lien Internet (ensemble du magazine, consulté en septembre 2019)
* Prix Interzone 2012 : victoire (récit)
2011 Surf (novelette, SF), Asimov's, décembre 2011
“Bari is a student helping a xenobiologist and some assistants (postdocs ?) on an expedition to try to communicate with a group of creatures who live in space and vaguely resemble whales. The xenobiologist is trying to communicate with the creatures, but there’s another problem. Their path leads them through an area claimed by the violent Aurora Enclave, which puts both the humans and the Rooan in danger. The Rooan in particular are often victims of Aurorians taking potshots just for fun. Amid all this, Bari has her own secret, and her own motive.” (Rich Horton, Locus, décembre 2011)
Repris dans l'anthologie War & Space: Recent Combat, ed. Rich Horton & Sean Wallace, mai 2012
* Prix Asimov’s 2012 : 4e place (meilleure novelette)
2012 Mandrake's Folly (novelette), anthologie Absolute Visions, ed. McAllister Stone, 2012
“Mandrake’s Folly” has several connections of that sort with other stories, although the closest tie is to “Surf”, which was my first sale to Asimov’s (also in 2011) and which has a character in common, although there’s a time gap between them." (Suzanne Palmer, interview par Lisa Spangenberg pour Absolute Write, mars 2019)
2012 Tangerine Nectarine Clementine Apocalypse (novelette, SF), Interzone #239, mars-avril 2012
"[...], Echa is a young boy who is an apprentice to the fruit seller Bota on a space station called Utopia. It's named that for a purpose. Replicators provide all needs. Everything is shared. Everyone is equal. Are they really? One day, a man from the Hub of the station comes to the fruits stand and is nasty and proud. Bota gives him a fruit but he rejects it. Things get worse from there. [...]" (Sam Tomaino, SFRevu, mars 2012)
* Prix Interzone 2013 : victoire (récit)
2012 Adware (nouvelle, SF), Asimov's, septembre 2012
"[...] concerns a woman trying to deal with life the way most people everywhere do: by solving the problem. Olympia's problems are probably shared by most people on Mars: their relationship with technology, real estate (location, location, location) and last but not least, other people. [...]" (Bob Leishman, Tangent Online, août 2012)
* Prix Asimov's 2013 : 5e place (meilleure nouvelle)
2013 Hotel (novelette, SF), Asimov's, janvier 2013
"[...] a comedy set in a Martian hotel that must weather deadly politics in order to remain a place of freedom and neutrality. Translation: there are a lot of secret agents who are all trying to kill each other. The story opens with a new arrival at the hotel – "Smith" – who makes it clear that he is desperate to rent a room. As the clerk checks him in, Smith must agree to a number of rules that establish the humorous tone and introduce the science fiction setting. The Hotel's restrictions on weaponry and technology prove to be a hassle for the many characters who wish to kill other hotel residents, ensuring that the unfolding comedy comes apart one knife at a time instead of blowing up all at once.
After Smith's arrival comes Martian government officials who demand to search the hotel. Despite threats and the flashing of guns, the hotel staff give them the same treatment as they gave Mr. Smith, who, by the way, is the third "Smith" on their roster. The Martian officials decide to check into the hotel to seek out their objective in a more-or-less law abiding fashion. These new arrivals are the tipping point that causes several of the residents to attempt to murder each other, all for mysterious reasons. It is only once half the hotel is either dead or tied up that we begin to learn some of the conflicting objectives that bounce the plot along. [...]" (Michelle Ristuccia, Tangent Online, décembre 2012)
Repris dans Forever #41, juin 2018
* Prix Asimov's 2014 : 4e place (meilleure novelette)
2014 Fly Away Home (novelette, SF), Interzone #251, mars-avril 2014
"[...] Fari works as an asteroid miner for the Baselle Mining Corp. "Works for" is a misnomer because what she does is, essentially slave labor. Baselle seems to have absolute power in the area where they operate and Fari was, essentially, kidnapped by them as a small child. The only reason she is not a prostitute is that she showed an incredible aptitude for work that men normally do. Women are considered below second-class citizenship and I'd say they have no rights but the men don't seem to have any rights either. When a new "Rep" who is "Core-val" comes from company headquarters, things get worse. [...]" (Sam Tomaino, SFRevu, mars 2014)
* Prix Interzone 2015 : victoire (récit)
2014 House Party Blues (nouvelle, horreur), Black Static #39, mars-avril 2014
"[...] Some sort of presence enters the house of Robert and Cath, a wife-beater and an abused wife. He feeds on them. He is able to feed entirely on Robert and plans to use Cath to feed on the students partying next door. That works to an extent, but the presence does not reckon on the power the abused Cath finally summons up. [...]" (Sam Tomaino, SFRevu, mars 2014)
Repris en podcast dans Pseudopod #656, juillet 2019 ; lien Internet (consulté en septembre 2019)
2014 Shatterdown (novelette, SF), Asimov's, juin 2014
"[...] set on the world of Pahlati, home to creatures who, like oysters making pearls, create delicate jewels that are prized for their beauty. Cjoi has returned there, having grown up being exploited as the equivalent of a pearl diver. Harvesting the jewels is forbidden, but Cjoi has some unfinished business and it's hard to protect when something valuable can be mined. Cjoi is an appealing victim who discovers that all is not what it should be, and who works to make peace with her past." (Chuck Rothman, Tangent Online, avril 2014)
Repris en podcast dans StarShipSofa #346, juillet 2014 ; lien Internet (consulté en septembre 2019)
Repris dans Forever #32, septembre 2017
* Prix Asimov's 2015 : 3e place (meilleure novelette)
* Prix Theodore Sturgeon 2015 : 2e place (meilleure science-fiction courte)
2015 Tuesdays (nouvelle, SF), in Asimov's, mars 2015 (1e partie) et avril-mai 2015 (2e partie)
"A quiet story about a pair of police officers gathering witness statements of a UFO sighting at a small diner, Suzanne Palmer's "Tuesdays" flits between a large and interesting cast as the officers try to figure out what happened. It's not exactly a regular night for the officers, who find the diner populated with a motley bunch, a truck driver hauling illegal immigrants; a man on his way to visit a mother who recently suffered a fall; a woman regretting her life choices on her way to a reunion; a manager of an infamous music group; a waitress who knows a surprising amount about the UFO. [...]" (Charles Payseur, Tangent Online, février 2015)
* Prix Asimov's 2016 : victoire (meilleure nouvelle)
2015 Moogh and the great Trench Kraken (nouvelle, fantasy), Beneath Ceaseless Skies #181, septembre 2015
Lien Internet (septembre 2019)
"[...] the story of a barbarian who is way out of his element—literally. Moogh is mystified by the impossibly wide and salty river that is blocking his path. Following its path, he meets Seesa, sort of a mermaid without the fish parts. She takes him under the sea—which Moogh never quite understands—to be a sacrifice to the Great Trench Kraken in the title. [...]" (Chuck Rothman, Tangent Online, septembre 2015)
Repris dans l'anthologie Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Year Seven, septembre 2016
2016 Lazy Dog Out (novella, SF), Asimov's, avril-mai 2016
“[...] Khifi, known as Fox, is a tug pilot on Tandou moon station orbiting Guratahan Sfazil. Khifi has risen from the lowers of the station and has reached the position of pilot, has a loving wife who is a famous artist and helps the lowers as much as she can while remembering her roots. The story concerns a plan based on greed to rid the ship of all lowers by implicating them in an “Earthers first” campaign to destroy all aliens. It is a battle of wits, pure adrenalin, and an eventual space battle. [...]" (Bob Blough, Tangent Online, mai 2016)
Repris dans l'anthologie The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, ed. Rich Horton, juin 2017
Repris dans l'anthologie The Year's Top Short SF Novels 7, ed. Allan Kaster, janvier 2018
Repris dans Lightspeed, avril 2018
* Prix Asimov's 2017 : victoire (meilleure novella)
2016 Belong (nouvelle), Interzone #265, juillet-août 2016
"(Dystopia) Gwenna Thirty-Seven would do anything for the corporation, so it must be an error that her display is saying she's been rejected." (Greg Hullender, Rocket Stack Rank, juillet 2016)
2016 Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man (novelette, SF), Asimov's, juillet 2016
Sur la planète Ekye, un poète est chargé de relevés d'observation en échange d'une solitude propice à l'écriture de poésie. Il y observe des êtres étranges, parmi lesquels les mossums, des galets duveteux, peut-être plus énigmatiques qu'ils paraissent et une créature qui va se révéler beaucoup moins sympathique. (P.C.)
Repris dans l'anthologie The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 2, ed. Neil Clarke, avril 2017
* Prix Asimov's 2017 : finaliste (meilleure novelette)
* Prix Eugie Foster 2017 : finaliste
2016 Detroit Hammersmith, Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman (Retired) (novelette, SF), Analog, septembre 2016
"[...] a lighthearted tale. Hammersmith – Deet to his friends – has been called back to deal with the problem of toilets failing on a space station dedicated to negotiations between worlds. He discovers the cause is a strange frog-like creature whose secretions eat through the mechanisms. But where did they come from, and what are they? [...]" (Chuck Rothman, Tangent Online, août 2016)
* Prix Analog 2017 : victoire (meilleure novelette)
2017 Number Thirty-Nine Skink (nouvelle, SF), Asimov's, mars-avril 2017
"KED-5 is a massive self-aware robot capable of fabricating new biological life [...]. It is alone on a distant planet after its keeper, Mike, has died of cancer. KED-5 continues its mission to build new life on the planet. New life to create a balanced ecology to complement the existing primitive life forms.
In its travels, KED-5 finds another massive robot, KED-11, destroyed beyond salvage. Inside its memory KED-5 finds reference to a directive from Earth to destroy all sixteen KED’s and abandon the planet. The reason given is the discovery of sentient life on the planet. The treatment of its fellow KED’s outrages KED-5 and it wants revenge. But, trapped on this planet, who can it get revenge on? [...]" (Kevin P Hallett, Tangent Online, février 2017)
Repris dans l'anthologie The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection, ed. Gardner Dozois, juillet 2018
Repris dans Forever #48, janvier 2019
* Prix Asimov’s 2018 : 2e place (meilleure nouvelle)
2017 Books of the Risen Sea (novelette, SF), Asimov's, septembre-octobre 2017
"[...] set in a coastal town, flooded due to climate change. Caer is a trans man who has fled his abusive father and uncomprehending sister and her husband to live in the town’s library. His main effort is saving what he can of the library’s waterlogged books. One day he rescues a robot (who also likes to read) from the ocean. That same day pirates attack, and Caer and the non-violent robot are left to defend Caer’s pregnant sister, and to save his brother-in-law from the raiders." (Rich Horton, Locus, décembre 2017)
* Prix Asimov’s 2018 : victoire (meilleure novelette)
2017 The Secret Life of Bots (novelette, SF), Clarkesworld #132, septembre 2017
Lien Internet (consulté en septembre 2019)
Après une offensive extraterrestre contre l’humanité, l’espoir est faible : il ne reste plus qu’un vaisseau en piteux état pour faire face à l’ennemi. A son bord, un vieux robot se voit fixer une tâche de médiocre importance, détruire une créature qui endommage les câbles de communication. Le robot est néanmoins doté d’un sens de l’initiative qui pourrait se révéler salutaire. (P.C.)
Repris dans l'anthologie The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Twelve, ed. Jonathan Strahan, mars 2018
Repris dans anthologie The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3, ed. Neil Clarke, avril 2018
Repris dans anthologie The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 4, ed. David Afsharirad, juin 2018
Repris dans anthologie The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018, ed. Rich Horton, juillet 2018
Repris dans l'anthologie Clarkesworld: Year Eleven, Volume Two, ed. Neil Clarke, novembre 2019
* Prix Hugo 2018 : victoire (meilleure novelette)
* Prix Locus 2018 : 16e place (meilleure novelette)
* Prix Theodore Sturgeon 2018 : finaliste (meilleur escience-fiction courte)
* Prix Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press 2018 : victoire (fiction courte)
2018 The Streaming Man (nouvelle, SF) Analog, mars-avril 2018
"[...] deals with a man who becomes famous for the implants that produce musical sounds every time he moves, and the emotional cost of being hounded by legions of fanatical fans who follow his ‘‘music’’ as it streams on social media and who drive him to the brink of self-destruction." (Gardner Dozois, Locus, mai 2018)
2018 Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain (nouvelle, SF), Asimov's, juillet-août 2018
"The butterfly effect is on full display in Suzanne Palmer's "Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain." Our unnamed protagonist, ill with cancer in a world preoccupied by larger troubles, treks a mountain path to a cottage she once visited with an old flame, Samuel, during a summer road trip. Once there, she dies. In another reality, a Social Darwinist dystopia ravaged by civil war, our protagonist flees for the cottage only to be shot by Samuel himself. In yet another, she's poisoned by mutated vines now on the verge of blanketing the planet. These realities revolve around a single defining moment: whether she chooses to indulge Samuel's after-graduation road trip, despite his apparent alcoholism, or pursue geology at university. [...]" (Pedro Silva, Tangent Online, juin 2018)
2018 R.U.R.-8 (nouvelle, SF), Asimov’s, septembre-octobre 2018
"In this futuristic SF short a few out-of-date robots huddle around the nuclear furnace at the base of a pyramid city. The furnace is a good place to hide and regenerate their batteries while the latest androids maintain the city for the few remaining bored humans.
One old robot, ROZUM, has a leg missing, preventing him from leaving the furnace area. But if his battery reaches full charge he risks exploding and destroying the city. Another robot, STOUT, has taken on the task of finding a replacement leg. But time is running low as ROZUM’s battery charges, and humanity seems to be too bored and insipid to care.
In honor of the original, this version of R.U.R. was written like a play. The play was engaging with a lively pace to it." (Kevin P Hallett, Tangent Online, août 2018
* Prix Asimov's 2018 : finaliste (meilleure nouvelle)
2018 Thirty-Three Percent Joe (novelette, SF), Clarkesworld #145, octobre 2018
Lien Internet (consulté en septembre 2019)
"[...] focuses on Joe, a soldier in a near-future army who is really bad at his job. The smart prosthetics that make up the titular 33% of him network among themselves and determine that he’s a better cook than soldier and that his mother’s influence on him is toxic. Their dialog is funny as they try to chart a course for Joe to survive the war, despite his efforts to die a hero. [...]" (Karen Burnham, Locus, décembre 2018)
Repris dans l'anthologie The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 5, ed. David Afsharirad, juin 2019
2019 Taking Icarus Home (novelette, SF), Asimov's, janvier-février 2019
"[...] (SF Adventure) You find a lifepod with a near-dead young man in it, and you decide to find out where he came from and why. [...]" (Greg Hullender, Rocket Stack Rank, décembre 2018)
2019 The Painter of Trees (nouvelle, SF), Clarkesworld #153, juin 2019
Lien Internet (consulté en septembre 2019)
"Set on an alien world, this mesmerizing work interweaves themes about extinction, progress, and culture in sadly compelling ways.
The first visitors from an Earthlike civilization have landed on an alien planet and are living within a metal-walled city they have built for safety. Always “forward thinking,” the group is charged with terraforming the planet.
Few settlers show interest in the indigenous nine-legged lifeforms, the main character being the only one to recognize the incredible memorials these creatures have painted on trees. She sees a civilization rich in culture, but others ignore them, seeing them as things of the past, discardable unless they can provide some benefit moving forward. [...]" (Jeffrey Steven Abrams, Tangent Online, juin 2019)
2019 Waterlines (novella, SF), Asimov's, juillet-août 2019
"Ray Landhum is the surface administrator [...] on the frozen planet Erax. Humans mine under the ice caps, but the seas are strictly off-limits, by treaty with the Oceanics, an advanced alien race that eschews all contact with any humans.
Ray is a good administrator, but lousy at relationships and keeping warm. But he finds his problem-solving skills challenged when a Walker, a robotic extension of the Oceanics, comes to bring some human body parts found in the ocean.
From there events drag a reluctant Ray through a maze of deception and smuggling that have sinister purposes behind them. [...]" (Kevin P Hallett, Tangent Online, juin 2019)
2019 Dave's Head (novelette, SF), Clarkesworld #156, septembre 2019
Lien Internet (consulté en septembre 2019)
"[...] set in a future where the world is trying its best to die with a whimper. Cassie supports both her uncle Marty, who wanders in and out of awareness, plus an animatronic dinosaur named Dave, that keeps removing its head.
One day, Dave’s giant head entices Cassie to go on a road trip, in the hope of finding some fellow dinosaurs. As Cassie drives through neighborhoods that have hunkered down, afraid of outsiders, she is unaware that her enemy fooled Dave into leading her into a trap. [...]" (Kevin P Hallett, Tangent Online, septembre 2019)