Michael A. Burstein, a SF writer and teacher, was born in New York City. He attended Hunter College High School in Manhattan and went on to Harvard College where he was a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association. He graduated Harvard in 1991 with a degree in Physics; in 1993 he earned a Master's in Physics from Boston University.
Burstein has worked as a science teacher at all levels, and edits science textbooks. He has given lectures and spoken at various science fiction conferences and libraries, and to groups at MIT and Harvard. He has been an active member of fandom for years.
His first published story, "TeleAbsence," which appeared in the July, 1995, issue of Analog, was nominated for the Hugo Award and was chosen by the readers of Analogas the best short story published by the magazine in 1995. Two years later, Burstein won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer at LoneStarCon 2.