Suzanne Palmer

Suzanne has a Bachelors degree of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Even during college years, her artwork had a strong narrative component, and her thesis exhibition consisted of an entire museum exhibit of artifacts from a fictional world. This included clothing, coins, furniture, manuscripts in an entire created language, and an 8′ tall two-legged creature complete with horns, fur, and teeth.

In 2005 she attended the Viable Paradise Writers Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard, and came away from it both unreasonably encouraged and with the rather surprising realization that writing had become an indelible part of her life, even more so than art. She’s been writing ever since, still does art when she can, and otherwise is just plain having fun with it all.

In 2018, she won the Hugo Award for her novelette “The Secret Lives of Bots.” She has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the Eugie M. Foster Award. She has won reader’s polls for best stories from Asimov’s, Analog, and Interzone. Her first novel was published by DAW Books in 2019. In 2022, she again won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette, this time for “Bots of the Lost Ark.”

Suzanne lives in western Massachusetts with a number of two- and four-legged critters, including one Very Large Fluffy Dog, and is a Linux and Database System Administrator for the Sciences at Smith College.

Find Suzanne on her website, or follow her on Twitter @zanzjan.


  • The Finder Chronicles
    Finder (#1)
    Suzanne Palmer
  • The Finder Chronicles
    Driving the Deep (#2)
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    The Scavenger Door (#3)
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    The Finder Chronicles
    Ghostdrift (#4)
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The Finder Chronicles

Finder (#1)
“A nonstop SF thrill ride until the very last page.”


“Palmer makes short-distance space travel feel as comfortable as riding a bicycle, and concludes this entertaining caper with a clever resolution and a hint of intrigue. Fans of space adventure will find this a fine example of the form.”

Publishers Weekly

“Salted with a bit of humor here and there, a clear cadence, and conventional ending, this will please anyone who embraces outer-space yarns.”

Library Journal

“Mysterious aliens, interesting and very sticky characters, strong worldbuilding of a complex solar system, and very strong writing mark FINDER as an excellent jump for Palmer from her award winning short fiction into the world of novels.”

“FINDER is a fun (and funny) story with heart and panache that inspires the sensawunda so many SF readers crave […] FINDER is a strong debut novel from a short fiction stand-out.”


“This is a fun old fashioned space action-adventure with a lot of humor.”


“With a first novel of this quality, Suzanne Palmer is another one who’s going to make more of a mark than she has already.”


“FINDER is an imaginative and action-packed tale.”

Fantasy Literatur

“…a fantastic space opera.”

Reading Reality

“FINDER is the kind of science fiction you’d get if “Firefly” and Pierce Brown’s Red Rising had a baby—an adrenaline-packed, heist-filled ride with a heavy side of political intrigue.”


“FINDER is a snappy, smart space adventure from Suzanne Palmer. It’s a lot of fun, and has some clever big ideas lurking beneath some tremendously human characters and a breakneck plot.”

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“A bit of a romp, with a shady protagonist who has considerably more of a conscience than he's willing to admit, and a plentiful supply of crazy ideas that just might work.”

Asimov's Science Fiction

“If you’re looking for a fun, little jaunt into a believable backwater with lots of intrigue, fun, and unsettling reminders of how fragile we all can be, this is one book that manages to encapsulate that mixture quite well. Suspenseful and funny without resorting to tired tricks… this has quickly become the frontrunner for my favorite book this season.”

Fanbase Press

“Suzanne Palmer tells a fun tale of a man whose plans are always crazy, but somehow work out. Lots of fun.”

University City Review

“…filled with action, intriguing alien races, and […] a regular space MacGyver.”

The Genre Minx Book Reviews

“FINDER is fast, fun and furious as Fergus attempts to con the conman and retrieve the ship while escaping with his life.”

Tome Tender

“Palmer is not hoarding her ideas […] She’s giving us a fireworks-filled book.”

Novel Gazing Redux

“It has been a long time since I enjoyed a SF novel this much. FINDER is a raucous good time! Suzanne Palmer’s Fergus Ferguson is charming, imperfect, always in trouble, and a most resourceful rogue. I can’t wait for his next adventure. Characterization at its finest. Firecracker dialogue. Suzanne Palmer had me hooked, charmed, and howling with delight by the end of the first act. Finder is a marvelous first novel. Bravo all the way around.”

W. Michael Gear, New York Times-bestselling author of Outpost

“FINDER proves hard SF, done brilliantly, is passionate, powerful, and brimming with humanity. Be it daily life or war in zero g, realistic communities in space or making us laugh at what clever beings we humans are, Suzanne Palmer nails it. I cannot wait for more. Highly recommended.”

Julie E. Czerneda, author of Search Image

“FINDER is a breathless ride.”

Jacey Bedford, author of Empire of Dust

Driving the Deep (#2)
“Humor and action abound.”

Publishers Weekly

“…a series worth keeping an eye on.”


"DRIVING THE DEEP is a thoroughly entertaining, hellaciously fun and gripping adventure, with an awesome cast of characters, and powered by an excellent blend of real science and alien-infused science-fiction."

Maria is Reading

"The story is really Fergus’ story, all alone in the dark of Enceladus, desperately hanging on to hope and trying to come up with a plan, in the face of the endless night and the unrelenting dark under the water."

Reading Reality

"Just delightful all around"

Cannonball Read

"This series has a delicious sense of humor which lightens up the action and any violence. There is much danger and suspense [...] I love these stories"

Books of My Heart

The Scavenger Door (#3)
"This Earthbound entry in the Finder series... has plenty to please series fans."

Publishers Weekly

"Music and sound effects ratchet up the tension as Fergus and company fight to destroy the artifact and preserve the solar system."


"An out-of-the-frying-pan into the lava-filled volcano story that rides on the semi-controlled insanity of its protagonist and the circle of amazing people that have been drawn into his chaotic orbit."

Reading Reality

"The story is amazing. Fergus goes through real growth and development. He is a good guy who is constantly put into difficult positions and sometimes has to do the not-so-right thing. "

Red Hat Cat Book Blog