Lora Johnson

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Lora Johnson
Occupation Author
Period 1985–2007
Genre Christian Fiction, Science Fiction
Notable works Ice, Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise

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.[1] More recently, she created the Virtual Alamo interactive online exhibit for the University of Texas at Arlington.

Gender transition[edit]

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.[2]


Her novel Chayatocha received the Best of 2003 in literature award from Christian Fiction Review magazine.[3] Two of her novels, Ice and The Last Guardian, were Christy Award finalists.[4][5]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ "Author Spotlight: Shane Johnson". Random House, Inc. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Shane Johnson to Lora Johnson: SciFi and Christian author comes out as transgender". www.chicagonow.com. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  3. ^ Frankovich, Tim. "Review: Chayatocha by Shane Johnson". Christian Fiction Review. Retrieved March 5, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "2002 Winners & Finalists". The Christy Awards. Retrieved March 5, 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "2003 Winners & Finalists". The Christy Awards. Retrieved March 5, 2010. [dead link]