Hello, my name is
Karen Haber

and I write

I am the author of nine novels including Star Trek Voyager: Bless the Beasts, co-author of Science of the X-Men, and was a Hugo Award nominee for the essay collection Meditations on Middle Earth.

As an art journalist, editor, and critic I’ve contributed profiles of genre artists to leading art magazines and authored two books, Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: a collection of the most inspiring science fiction, fantasy, and gaming illustrators in the world; and Transitions: The Art of Todd Lockwood. I review art books for LOCUS magazine.

Latest Work

That Unfortunate Problem with Grandmother’s Head and Other Stories is an eclectic collection of short stories carefully selected from over three decades of professional works that are intriguing, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

On sale beginning December 1, 2023!

About me


My long-form work includes The Mutant Season series: The Mutant Season, The Mutant Prime, Mutant Star, Mutant Legacy, the Woman Without A Shadow series: The Woman Without A Shadow, The War Minstrels, Sister Blood, and Crossing Infinity, a YA science fiction novel of gender identity and confusion.

My recent work includes a new short story collection, That Unfortunate Problem With Grandmother’s Head coming soon from Three Ravens Publishing, contributions to Robots Through The Ages, Caped Fears

Other publications include Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present, a collection of essays by leading science fiction writers and artists; Kong Unbound, an original anthology; an essay for The Unauthorized X-Men edited by Len Wein.

My short fiction has also appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many anthologies including Sandman: Book of Dreams, edited by Neil Gaiman, and in a short story collection, The Sweet Taste of Regret (Reanimus).

With my husband, Robert Silverberg, I’ve co-edited the Universe anthology and Best Science Fiction series, later co-editing it with Jonathan Strahan through 2004.

I live in Oakland, California with my husband and two cats.

My Works


The plot was thoroughly original and had good scientific and biological themes. This book is a must for any sci fi and Star Trek Voyager fan. It was a pleasure to read from start to finish.

- Nabil H.

from Goodreads
"Bless the Beasts"

...the best of cultural studies engaging with the film franchise "The Matrix". ... Coherent, intelligent and thought provoking, a great read if interested in cultural studies.

- Fraser

from Goodreads
"Exploring the Matrix"

Haber offers an adoring but welcome antidote to the more pompous exegeses of the 'author of the century.'"

- Publishers Weekly


Haber has a real gift with characterization

- Dave D

from Amazon
"Mutant Star"