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MARIA GALINA has published 10 novels and is a leading exponent of "hyperfiction" – an emerging fiction genre that blends fantasy and reality. Trained as a marine biologist, she took up writing full time in 1995 and has won numerous prizes for her prose, poetry and essays. She has been nominated for the Russian Booker and short-listed for the Russian Critics Academy Award. Her novel Iramifications was awarded the International Portal Prize, and will be published next year by Glas. She also is an accomplished translator of English and American science fiction.