|Born||March 7, 1945|
McAllen, Texas, USA
|Period||June 1, 1988 – present|
|Genre||Military science fiction, science fiction, fantasy|
|Spouse||Richard Sloan Moon (1969–present)|
Elizabeth Moon (born March 7, 1945) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. Her other writing includes newspaper columns and opinion pieces. Her novel The Speed of Dark won the 2003 Nebula Award. Prior to her writing career, she served in the United States Marine Corps.
Moon was born Susan Elizabeth Norris and grew up in McAllen, Texas. She started writing when she was a child and first tried a book, which was about her dog, at age six. She was inspired to write creatively, and says that she began writing science fiction in her teens, considering it a sideline.
She earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1968 and later earned a second B.A. in Biology. In 1968, she joined the United States Marine Corps as a computer specialist, 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.
Moon began writing professionally in her mid-thirties and had a newspaper column in a county weekly newspaper. In 1986, she published her first science fiction in the monthly magazine Analog and the anthology series Sword and Sorceress. Her stories appeared regularly in Analog the next few years. Her first novel The Sheepfarmer's Daughter (1988) won the Compton Crook Award and inaugurated the Paksenarrion series.
Most of her work has military science fiction themes, although biology, politics, and personal relationships also feature strongly. The Serrano Legacy is a space opera. Her Nebula-winning novel The Speed of Dark (2003) is a near-future story told from the viewpoint of an autistic data analyst, inspired by her own autistic son Michael.
Elizabeth Moon has many interests besides writing. She has a musical background, having played the accordion during her university days and sung in choirs. She is an accomplished fencer, and captain of the SFWA Musketeers, a group of published speculative fiction authors who also fence.
Moon is also an experienced paramedic and has served in various capacities in local government.
Awards and nominations
- 1989: Compton Crook Award winner for Sheepfarmer's Daughter
- 1997: Hugo Award for Best Novel (nomination) for Remnant Population
- 2003: Nebula Award for Best Novel winner for The Speed of Dark
- 2003: Arthur C. Clarke Award (nomination) for The Speed of Dark
- 2007: Robert A. Heinlein Award for "outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space"
The Deed of Paksenarrion novels
- Sheepfarmer's Daughter (June 1988)
- Divided Allegiance (October 1988)
- Oath of Gold (January 1989)
- “Those Who Walk in Darkness” (March 1990)—short story set during Oath of Gold, included in the collections Lunar Activity and Phases
- The Deed of Paksenarrion (February 1992)—paperback omnibus
- The Deed of Paksenarrion (October 2003)—hardcover omnibus
- The Deed of Paksenarrion (January 2010)—paperback omnibus
The Legacy of Gird novels
- Surrender None (June 1990)—prequel to The Deed of Paksenarrion
- Liar's Oath (May 1992)—sequel to Surrender None
- The Legacy of Gird (September 1996)—paperback omnibus
- available as A Legacy of Honour (paperback omnibus) (November 2010)
Paladin's Legacy or Legend of Paksenarrion novels
- Oath of Fealty (March 2010)—sequel to Oath of Gold
- Kings of the North (March 2011)
- Echoes of Betrayal (February 2012)
- Limits of Power (June 2013)
- Crown of Renewal (May 2014)
Familias Regnant universe
- Heris Serrano trilogy
- Hunting Party (July 1993)
- Sporting Chance (September 1994)
- Winning Colors (August 1995)
- Heris Serrano (July 2002)—Baen omnibus edition of Hunting Party, Sporting Chance and Winning Colors
- The Serrano Legacy: Omnibus One (December 2006)—Orbit GB omnibus
- Esmay Suiza continuation
- Once a Hero (Hardcover ISBN 0-671-87769-0, March 1997)
- Rules of Engagement (Hardcover ISBN 0-671-57777-8, December 1998)
- The Serrano Connection: Omnibus Two (September 2007)—Orbit GB omnibus
- The Serrano Connection (October 2008)—Baen omnibus edition
- Suiza and Serrano
- Change of Command (Hardcover ISBN 0-671-57840-5, December 1999)
- Against the Odds (Hardcover ISBN 0-671-31961-2, December 2000)
- The Serrano Succession: Omnibus Three (February 2008)—Orbit GB omnibus
- Trading in Danger (Hardcover ISBN 0-345-44760-3, October 2003)
- Marque and Reprisal (Hardcover ISBN 0-345-44758-1, October 2004)—Moving Target in the UK, New Zealand and Australia
- Engaging the Enemy (Hardcover ISBN 0-345-44756-5, March 2006)
- Command Decision (Hardcover ISBN 978-0-345-49159-6, February 2007)
- Victory Conditions (Hardcover ISBN 978-0-345-49161-9, February 2008)
- Cold Welcome (Hardcover ISBN 978-1-101-88731-8, April 2017)
- Into the Fire (Hardcover ISBN 978-1-101-88734-9, February 2018)
- The Planet Pirates trilogy is based on two books by Anne McCaffrey, Dinosaur Planet and Dinosaur Planet Survivors (1978 and 1984, jointly reissued as The Ireta Adventure in 1985 and The Mystery of Ireta in 2004), which also form the core of The Death of Sleep. ISFDB catalogs all five novels as the Ireta series.
- Sassinak (Baen Books, March 1990), Anne McCaffrey and Moon
- The Death of Sleep (Baen, June 1990), McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye
- Generation Warriors (Baen, February 1991), McCaffrey and Moon
Omnibus edition: The Planet Pirates (Baen, October 1993), McCaffrey, Moon, and Nye
- Remnant Population (Hardcover ISBN 0-671-87718-6, May 1996)
- Speed of Dark (Orbit UK October 2002)—as The Speed of Dark (Ballantine 2003) in the USA
- "And Ladies of the Club" (1995; collected in Esther Friesner's anthology Chicks in Chainmail)
- "Tradition" (1998; collected in Harry Turtledove's anthology Alternate Generals)
- Lunar Activity (ISBN 978-0-671-69870-6, March 1990)—Ten short stories
- Phases (ISBN 978-0-671-87855-9, December 1997)—Eight stories from Lunar Activity, and others previously uncollected.
- Both include "Those Who Walk in Darkness"—a Paksenarrion short story
- Moon Flights (hardcover ISBN 1-59780-109-7, paperback ISBN 978-1-59780-110-2, August 2008)—Fifteen stories, including an original "Vatta's War" story, with an introduction by Anne McCaffrey
- Deeds of Honor: Paksenarrion World Chronicles (ISBN 9781625671141, June 2015)—Eight stories set in the world of Paksenarrion.
- Nawotka, Edward (April 24, 2008). "Nebula Awards puts Austin and Texas writers at center of science fiction world". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on April 29, 2008.
- Moon, Elizabeth. Biographical information. Retrieved 2007-09-15. Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Ebbers, A.F. (April 13, 1989). "Writer wins award; Marine Corps tour helped publish book". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Elizabeth Moon at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- Meats, Jessica (June 8, 2011). "An interview with: Elizabeth Moon" Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Plot Twister: Adventures in the world of fiction. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- Dow, Christopher. Elizabeth Moon's Path to the Stars Archived September 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Rice University's alumni magazine, The Sallyport. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- SFWA Musketeers Archived September 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
- "The Compton Crook Award". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Heinlein Award Announcement Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- Elizabeth Moon Archived August 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
- Ireta series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- Official website
- Paksworld blog (official)
- MoonScape—personal blog at LiveJournal
- Elizabeth Moon at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Elizabeth Moon’s list of her own short fiction
- Elizabeth Moon. The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees.
- Free copies of Sheepfarmer's Daughter from the Baen Free Library
- Elizabeth Moon novels produced at Graphic Audio (GraphicAudio.net)
- Moon Flights at Night Shade Books
- Christopher Dow, Elizabeth Moon's Path to the Stars, Rice University's alumni magazine, The Sallyport. Retrieved 2007-09-15.[dead link]
- Lotesse, The OF Blog, Interview with Elizabeth Moon (August 18, 2006). Retrieved 2012-02-03.
- Kurt Weller, Interview (March 30, 2007), The Plaza of the Mind, Blogspot. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- Lou Antonelli, Texas author un-invited as convention Guest of Honor over remarks on Islam (October 23, 2010), NewsOK.