Elizabeth Moon

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name = Elizabeth Moon

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birthplace = McAllan, Texas
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occupation = Novelist
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period = June 1 1988 - Present
genre = Military science fiction Science fiction Fantasy
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spouse = Richard Sloan Moon (1969-present)
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website = http://www.sff.net/people/Elizabeth.Moon/

Elizabeth Moon (born March 7, 1945) is an award-winning American science fiction and fantasy author.cite news |work=Dallas Morning News |title=Nebula Awards puts Austin and Texas writers at center of science fiction world |url=http://www.guidelive.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/books/stories/DN-scifi_0424gl.ART.State.Edition1.46cfb13.html |first=Edward |last=Nawotka |date=2008-04-24]


Moon was born Susan Elizabeth Norris and grew up in McAllen, Texas. Moon started writing when she was a child and attempted her first book, which was about her dog, at age 6. Because of this, she was inspired to write creatively and began writing science fiction in her teens (while still considering it a sideline).

She earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1968. She later earned a second B.A. degree in Biology. In 1968, she joined the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant while on active duty. She married Richard Sloan Moon in 1969 and they have a son, Michael, born in 1983.Elizabeth Moon, [http://www.elizabethmoon.com/bio.htm Biographical information] on her homepage, accessed September 15 2007]

She first got serious about writing in her mid-thirties and had a newspaper column in a county weekly newspaper. Her first novel was "The Sheepfarmer's Daughter" which won the Compton Crook Award. Most of her writings contain military science fiction themes, though biology, politics and personal relationship issues also feature strongly. "The Serrano Legacy" is a space opera. "The Speed of Dark" is a Nebula Award-winning near-future story told from the viewpoint of an autistic computer programmer, inspired by her own autistic son Michael.

Elizabeth Moon has many interests outside of writing. She has a musical background, having played the accordion during her university days as well as singing in choirs.Christopher Dow, [http://www.rice.edu/sallyport/2006/summer/features/moon.html Elizabeth Moon's Path to the Stars] , Rice University's alumni magazine, "The Sallyport", accessed September 15 2007]

Moon is also an experienced paramedic and has served in various capacities in local government.


*"Sheepfarmers Daughter" – 1989 Compton Crook Award (winner)
*"Remnant Population" – 1997 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nomination)
*"The Speed of Dark" – 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novel (winner) – 2003 Arthur C. Clarke Award (nomination)

Moon was awarded the 2007 Robert A. Heinlein Award, which honors "outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space". [Robert A. Heinlein [http://www.sfwa.org/news/2007/heinleinaward.htm Announcement] on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America news site, accessed September 15 2007]



"The Deed of Paksenarrion" Novels

* "Sheepfarmer's Daughter" (1988-06-01)
* "Divided Allegiance" (1988-10-01)
* "Oath of Gold" (1989-01-02): “Those Who Walk in Darkness” (1990-03-01) – short story set during "Oath of Gold", included in the collections "Lunar Activity" and "Phases": "The Deed of Paksenarrion" (1992-02-01) – omnibus edition: "The Deed of Paksenarrion" (2003-10-01) – hardcover omnibus

"The Legacy of Gird" Novels

* "Surrender None" (1990-06-01) – prequel to "The Deed of Paksenarrion"
* "Liar's Oath" (1992-05-01) – sequel to "Surrender None": "The Legacy of Gird" (1996-09-01) – omnibus edition

"Familias Regnant universe"

* Heris Serrano trilogy
** "Hunting Party" (1993-07-01)
** "Sporting Chance" (1994-09-01)
** "Winning Colors" (1995-08-01)::"Heris Serrano" (2002-07-30) – Baen omnibus edition::"The Serrano Legacy: Omnibus One" (2006-12-06) – Orbit GB omnibus
* Esmay Suiza continuation
** "Once a Hero" (1997-03-01)
** "Rules of Engagement" (1998-12-01)::"The Serrano Connection: Omnibus Two" (2007-09-06) – Orbit GB omnibus::"The Serrano Connection" (2008-10-01) – Baen omnibus edition
* Suiza and Serrano
** "Change of Command" (1999-12-01)
** "Against the Odds" (2000-12-02)::"The Serrano Succession: Omnibus Three" (2008-02-06) – Orbit GB omnibus

"Vatta's War"

* "Trading in Danger" (2003-09-30)
* "Marque and Reprisal" (2004-09-28) – "Moving Target" in the UK, New Zealand and Australia
* "Engaging The Enemy" (2006-03-28)
* "Command Decision" (2007-02-27)
* "Victory Conditions " (2008-02-19)

"The Planet Pirates Series"

:The "Planet Pirates" is based on two books by Anne McCaffrey, "Dinosaur Planet" and "Dinosaur Planet Survivors", (the two are also called "The Mystery of Ireta") which also form the core of The Death of Sleep.
* "Sassinak" (1990-03-01) – Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Moon
* "The Death of Sleep" (1990-06-01) – Anne McCaffrey & Jody Lynn Nye
* "Generation Warriors" (1991-02-01) – Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Moon
* "The Planet Pirates" (1993-10-01) – omnibus edition, McCaffrey, Moon, & Nye

Other novels

* "Remnant Population" (1996-05-01)
* "The Speed of Dark" (2002-10-31)


[http://www.sff.net/people/Elizabeth.Moon/biblio-shortfic.htm Elizabeth Moon’s list of her own short fiction]
* "Lunar Activity" (1990-03-01) – Ten short stories
* "Phases" (1997-12-01) – Eight stories from "Lunar Activity", and others previously uncollected.: both include “Those Who Walk in Darkness” – a "Paksenarrion" short story
* "Moon Flights" (September 2007) - Fifteen stories, including an original "Vatta's War" story, with an introduction by Anne McCaffrey (Note: the limited edition contains an additional rare bonus story entitled "Fencing In")


* Christopher Dow, [http://www.rice.edu/sallyport/2006/summer/features/moon.html Elizabeth Moon's Path to the Stars] , Rice University's alumni magazine, "The Sallyport", accessed September 15 2007

*Maja Branovacki (Lotesse), [http://www.wotmania.com/fantasymessageboardshowmessage.asp?MessageID=166866 Interview] on wotmania.com, August 18 2006, accessed September 15 2007

*Kurt Weller, [http://plazaofthemind.blogspot.com/2007/03/plaza-of-mind-interview-with-author.html Interview] on "Plaza of the Mind" at Blogspot, March 30 2007, accessed September 15 2007

ee also

*Women science fiction authors


External links

* [http://www.sff.net/people/Elizabeth.Moon/ Elizabeth Moon's Home Page]
* [http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671654160/0671654160.htm "Sheepfarmer's Daughter"] (HTML) from the Baen Free Library.
*isfdb name|id=Elizabeth_Moon|name=Elizabeth Moon
* [http://www.nightshadebooks.com/ Night Shade Books] publisher of "Moon Flights"

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