Dr Una McCormack is a British science fiction author. Best known for her TV tie-in work, Una has published more than a dozen novels set in franchises such as Doctor Who, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Discovery. Her audio work with Big Finish has been set in licensed properties such as Doctor Who and Blake’s 7. Her shorter-form science fiction has appeared in anthologies edited by Gardner Dozois and Ian Whates, and her story ‘Taking Flight’ (2017) was shortlisted for the BSFA award for short fiction.
In a previous life as a university lecturer, Una taught creative writing for many years at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and supervised creative writing PhDs. Her academic work includes a monograph on the Doctor Who story ‘The Curse of Fenric’ (Obverse Books, 2018), a study of women’s reparative readings of Tolkien (in Perilous and Fair: Women in the Life and Works of JRR Tolkien, ed. Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie Donovan, Mythopoeic Press, 2013), and she is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume of essays on Lois McMaster Bujold, Biology and Manners: the Worlds and Works of Lois McMaster Bujold (Liverpool University Press, 2020, with Regina Yung Lee).
Una is a regular broadcaster on national and local radio, speaking about her interests in science fiction, women’s writing, Ursula Le Guin, Doctor Who, and many other topics, and has guested on the Backlisted podcast, discussing diverse authors such as Anita Brookner, Georgette Heyer, and JRR Tolkien. In 2017, she was a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Award.
Her most recent novella, The Undefeated, was published by Tor.Com in 2019.