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. Future titles include Star Trek: Piccard: The Last Best Hope, to tie-in with the forthcoming TV series of that name. Audio work with Big Finish has been set in licensed properties such as Doctor Who and Blake’s 7. 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.
As a university lecturer, Una taught creative writing 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). 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 she has been a guest on on the Backlisted podcast, discussing 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.