Karen Burnham

If you're here, you're probably looking for Karen Burnham, reviewer and critic of science fiction and fantasy. She thinks of herself as a book reviewer, currently focused on short fiction. She has a monthly column in Locus Magazine focused on online short fiction and the quarterly “Dust Lanes” column in Cascadia Subduction Zone. Her non-fiction book on the writings of Greg Egan was published in April 2014 and is widely available in multiple formats. You can find more information through the "Writing" tab above. 

You may also be looking for Karen Burnham the Engineer. Karen is an electrical engineer and physicist specializing in Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), currently working at Ford Motor Company in Michigan. She has worked on the amazingly cool Dream Chaser Spaceship as well as working on the Orion spacecraft, ISS power systems, and pyrotechnic systems at NASA's Johnson Space Center. If you are interested in Karen's EMC/E3 or pyrotechnics experience, engineering publications, accomplishments, or resume, check out the "Engineering" tab above.

In the category of "other duties as assigned," Karen has participated in various science fiction conventions and conferences in different capacities. She served as the Vice President of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, which holds an academic and writers conference each Spring in Florida. She was the head of the Academic track of Programming at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2013. She has also produced and hosted three podcasts: the Locus Roundtable, SF Crossing the Gulf with Karen Lord for SFSignal.com, and Small Blue Planet with Cheryl Morgan al appearing at Locus Magazine’s website. In January 2017 she was the Science Guest of Honor at ConFusion in Michigan, and she continues to be involved with that awesome regional convention as a programming track head.


Karen Burnham is vocationally an engineer and avocationally a science fiction reviewer. She writes for venues such as Locus Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Cascadia Subduction Zone. She was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award for Non-Fiction in 2012 and 2014. She works as an electromagnetic engineer at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, where she lives with her husband and two sons.