About Me

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, 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.


A selection of recent essays.

Why I Protest

Our history, our literature, and our responsibility

What Does It See?

The troubled gaze of an artificial intelligence

Who’s Important?

A tale from Wikipedia

How I Turned My Discarded Novel Drafts into an AI

Could a computer learn to imitate me?

Silently Censored

A story in photographs


"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 Guevara

Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain