I’m Natalie Luhrs and this is my website.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, most recently for my essay, “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun,” about 2020’s complete and total shitshow of a Hugo Awards ceremony. For all those horrified by my lack of respect for my elders, you’ll be glad to know that Maria Dahvana Headley’s incandescent translation of Beowulf won–much to my delight.

I’m a survivor of necrotizing pancreatitis, which left me with about 20% of my pancreas. I have Type 3c diabetes, portal hypertension, and refractory ascites. The ascites requires an outpatient surgical procedure every month or so.  This is all exactly as fun as it sounds. But I did get a cool insulin pump out of the whole deal and that, my friends, is a total game-changer when it comes to managing diabetes.

I’m an avid knitter and watercolorist.

I read a lot. Mostly science fiction/fantasy and romance; but if it’s a good book, I’m not going to quibble about genre.

I’m also a JavaScript developer and work as a junior web developer for a company that helps people to gamify their to-do lists.

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I am so grateful to every single person who finds value in the work I do.

On the Blog…

Links: Profiles in Engineering and Hubris

Links: Profiles in Engineering and Hubris

This week, let’s look at three very different profiles of three very different people: a mysterious social engineer, a science fiction writer, and a man who won’t stop digging.

Review: A Country of Ghosts by Margaret Killjoy

Review: A Country of Ghosts by Margaret Killjoy

Margaret Killjoy’s A Country of Ghosts is a work of beautifully crafted utopian fiction that reminded me of nothing so much as Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed–except in a country called Hron where there is enough for everyone, as opposed to LeGuin’s moon Anarres, where there are precious few resources.

Highly recommended.