About Mur

Mur Lafferty is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy novelist, veteran podcaster, blogger, and essayist.

Ditch Diggers: Hugo Finalist for the 2017 Best Fancast Award

Mur Lafferty: Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

The Shambling Guides 1 & 2: Winner of the Manly Wade Wellman Award (2014 & 15)

Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame

…one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing. Cory Doctorow via BoingBoing

Mur’s novels are published by Orbit Books and Saga Press, and she holds an MFA in popular fiction from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine.

Mur has been podcasting since 2004. She’s won the Podcast Peer Award and three Parsec Awards, and her show Ditch Diggers was a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Fancast. In 2015 Mur was inducted into the Podcaster Hall of Fame. Aside from her ongoing podcasts, I Should Be Writing, which has been going strong for over a decade, and Ditch Diggers, which she co-hosts with Matt Wallace, she’s created podcasts for Tor.com, Lulu, and Angry Robot Books.

Mur is currently the co-editor (with Divya Breed) of the Escape Artists podcast zine: Mothership Zeta, and has previously been the editor of Pseudopod and Mothership Zeta.

She lives in Durham, NC, with her husband and daughter.


You can email Mur, and she’ll do her best to get back to you. But she can’t promise a quick turnaround. She’s on Twitter as @mightymur. (She’s not on Facebook because it’s evil.)

All inquiries about Mur’s work or speaking engagements, please direct to Mur’s agent, Jeniffer Udden at the Barry Goldblatt Agency.

Snail Mail:

Mur Lafferty
8311 Brier Creek Parkway Ste 105274
Raleigh, NC 27617

Agent Contact:

Jennifer Udden
Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC
320 7th Ave #266
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Download Mur's Media Kit

Upcoming Appearances

  • Illogicon

    January 12, 2018
  • ConFusion

    January 18, 2018
    Novi, Michigan, USA
  • WorldCon 76

    August 16, 2018

Selected Short Works

Over the years Mur has published short ficiton in a variety of anthologies, and a number of online outlets. Here's a selection of her short stories:

October 3, 2017

“Not For Nothing"
in Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

December 16, 2016

“Voice of the Empire"
in Star Wars Insider #170

July 2, 2014

in Help Fund My Robot Army!

June 2, 2014

“A Coward Dies A Median of 960.45 Deaths"
in May The Ferrymen Take You

March 18, 2014

“Produce 1-1:10"
in Daily Science Fiction

October 20, 2013

“An Essay"
in Story Behind the Book

May 15, 2012

“The Reporter"
in Galactic Football League Book 1

April 14, 2012

“Don’t Bleach Your Memories"
in Don’t Read This Book

April 14, 2012

“Third Date Questions"
in Gimme Shelter

December 31, 2011

“Shadowsfall Legends: Pawn, Deception, and Sacrifice – Valdia’s Tale"
in Shadowsfall Legends

July 12, 2011

“The Case Against Louis Pasteur"
in The Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities

May 4, 2011

“750,000 Of Your Friends Liked This"
in Voices From the Past

December 25, 2010

“Zuzu’s Bell"
in Drabblecast

December 21, 2007

in Escape Pod

December 21, 2006

“Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers"
in Escape Pod

July 6, 2006

“I Look Forward to Remembering You"
in Escape Pod

December 22, 2005

“Santa in My Pocket"
in Escape Pod

October 3, 2017