Lora Johnson is an American author best known for the novel Ice under her former name of Shane Johnson.
Her works include numerous original novels and Star Trek reference books including Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise, the Star Trek:The Next Generation Technical Journal and Worlds of the Federation. She also authored the Star Wars Technical Journal and contributed to the canon of the Star Wars universe. She is an historian of US spaceflights and was a design consultant on HBO's From the Earth to the Moon mini-series. More recently, she created the Virtual Alamo interactive online exhibit for the University of Texas at Arlington.
After suffering prolonged and debilitating stress-induced health problems that nearly ended her life, Johnson dropped out of the public eye in 2008 and underwent correction of a congenital intersex condition, transitioning from male to female.