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Sue Burke grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lived briefly in Austin, Texas, and moved to Madrid, Spain, in December 1999. In 2016, she moved back to Chicago. By then, she’d become a certified translator, Spanish into English, and had come to know the science fiction community in Spain. She won the 2016 Alicia Gordon Award for Word Artistry in Translation from the American Translators Association. She has worked for 45 years as a journalist, both as a reporter and editor, and writes poetry, essays, and fiction, especially science fiction, as well as translations. Her perfect day would consist of writing, reading, translating, editing, and cooking. And maybe a walk along Lake Michigan.


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Semiosis: Oh, give me a home where the fippokats roam…

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Semiosis, Sue Burke’s 2018 debut novel, is a fascinating examination of culture, intelligence, and co-operation in the face of extreme hardship. A small group of high-minded and free-thinking colonists have left Earth for a planet they’ve named Pax, in honor of their Utopic dream of what the planet represents, though they quickly discover that peace is not easily achieved — especially when they discover that you can never go home again, but neither can you completely leave it behind.

Pax has breathable air and potable water,


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Interference: Cultures collide on an alien world

Interference by Sue Burke

The small colony of humans on the planet Pax, who left Earth a couple of hundred years earlier, have established a cooperative relationship with at least some of the sentient plant life on Pax, as well as a group of nomadic aliens called the Glassmakers, as related in Semiosis. Their technology now is more Stone Age than Information Age (Pax is deficient in metals). So it’s out of the question to return to or even communicate with Earth, which is 55 light years away.


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