L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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Leland Exton Modesitt Jr.
Modesitt at CONduit 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Modesitt at CONduit 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born (1943-10-19) October 19, 1943 (age 75)
Denver, Colorado
Occupationconsultant, writer, poet
GenreFantasy, Science fiction

L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt Jr. (/ˈmɒdɪsɪt/; born 19 October 1943) is an American science fiction and fantasy author who has written over 70 novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce.[1] By 2015 the 18 novels in the Recluce series had sold nearly three million copies.[2]

In addition to his novels, Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first short story, "The Great American Economy", was published in 1973 in Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact. In 2008, he published his first collection of short stories, Viewpoints Critical: Selected Stories (Tor Books, 2008).

Early life[edit]

Modesitt was born in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years while working as a political writer.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, unpaid radio disc jockey, real estate agent, market research analyst, director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant for a Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer and writer in residence.[3]

Approach to writing[edit]

Modesitt has stated, “When all the research, all the writing group support, all the cheerleading, and all the angst fade away, and they should, the bottom line is simple: As a writer, you first must entertain your readers. To keep them beyond a quick and final read, you have to do more than that, whether it’s to educate them, make them feel, anger them by challenging their preconceptions — or all of that and more. But if you don’t entertain first, none of what else you do matters, because they won’t stay around.”[4]


Major series

Personal life[edit]

He met his current wife, Carol A. Modesitt, after moving to New Hampshire in 1989. Carol works as a professional opera singer[5] and now acts as a professor at Southern Utah University.[6] They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

He has been married three times, and has six daughters and two sons.[7]


  1. ^ "L.E. Modesitt,Jr. - Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  2. ^ Modesitt, Jr., L. E. (2015-04-21). "Perspective on the Hugos". lemodesittjr.com. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
  3. ^ Profile on Baen's Universe: L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Archived October 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ The 7 Question Interview with L. E. Modesitt, Jr.L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  5. ^ Video Interview by Shae Dravenmore
  6. ^ Carol Ann Modesitt, Professor of Music, SUU
  7. ^ Modesitt, Jr., L. E. (April 22, 2011). "Feminist Propaganda?". Retrieved April 22, 2011.

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