KEREN LANDSMAN, M.D., IS A MOTHER, an epidemiologist and a public health specialist, and an award-winning SF author. In 2014 she volunteered to go to South Sudan to instruct local health care workers in epidemiology and public health. Landsman is one of the founders of Mida’at, a voluntary organization dedicated to the promotion of public health in Israel. She currently works at a free STD clinic and at the mobile clinic for women in prostitution.
Landsman first started reading SF in school, in spite (or because) of the librarian’s claim that “it’s not for girls,” and had been reading it ever since. Her interests come through in her works, where one may encounter children fighting medically accurate space epidemics. From motherhood to friendship and coping with loss, all these and more find their way into stories that balance emotion, plot and vision. Landsman published her first story in 2006. So far she has won three Geffen awards, Israel’s top prize for science fiction: twice for best original short story and once for best original book, Broken Skies, a collection of her short stories.
“Burn Alexandria”, she says, is the literary fulfillment of her wistful yearning to have saved the Great Library of Alexandria, together with her editor, close friend and Israeli SF maven, Ehud Maimon.