I am a technical writer, essayist, researcher, and novelist based in San Francisco, California. My first novel, Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain (Algonquin, 2008), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in fiction and one of Chicago Time Out's Top 10 books of 2008. My essays have appeared in LitHub, Undark, Towards Data Science, Becoming Human: Artificial Intelligence Magazine, and Q.E.D. I earned an MA in English and creative writing from SFSU and a BA in economics from Haverford College. I once worked as a production manager for Wired Digital and as the Director of Production for Salon.com.
An opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle
I asked my computer to match 1000 love poems to 1000 images from the Met.
The Love Carousel Project
Are all the great poets dead?
A study of Wikipedia citations
On Gender, Visibility, and Wikipedia
What Machine Learning Reveals About Gender And Writing
On happiness, humans, machines and literature
Using technology to monitor and protect the environment
Our history, our literature, and our responsibility
The troubled gaze of an artificial intelligence
"Menger-Anderson's fictional take on the harsh realities of old-world medical science is at once grotesque and utterly compelling, as are her madcap characters, who desire so earnestly to find a cure--whatever the cost." -- SEED Magazine
"Vivid and Original" --Publishers Weekly
"An unforgettable literary experience" --Mary Roach, author of Bonk, Stiff and Spooked
"Menger-Anderson has written an intelligent and humorous history of the science of brains--and the brains of science." -- New England Journal of Medicine
"This is a remarkable debut by a writer to watch." --Ben Fountain, author of the B&N Discover Award winning Brief Encounters with Che GuevaraREAD MORE