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Ellen Klages is an eclectic writer. She has co-written four books of hands-on science activities for children for the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. Her short fiction has been on the final ballot for the Nebula, Hugo, and John W. Campbell Awards. She is on the board of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and is somewhat notorious as the auctioneer/entertainment for the Tiptree auctions. For more about her, see her web site.