Sharon Lee (writer)

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Sharon Lee
BornSharon Lee Backof
(1952-09-11) September 11, 1952 (age 66)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
OccupationWriter
Period1979–present
GenreFantasy, science fiction
SpouseSteve Miller
Website
sharonleewriter.com

Sharon Lee (born September 11, 1952) is an American science fiction, fantasy and mystery author who lives in Winslow, Maine since 1988. She is the co-author (with Steve Miller) of the Liaden universe novels and stories,[1] as well as other works, and individually the author of several mystery and fantasy novels.

Background[edit]

Born Sharon Lee Backof in Baltimore, Maryland, Lee graduated from Parkville Senior High School in 1970, and attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County during the late 1970s while employed as Administrative Aide to the Dean of the School of Social Work and Community Planning at the UMAB Professional Schools in downtown Baltimore. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller were married in 1980. In 1988, they relocated to central Maine, and now live in Winslow. [2]

Throughout her life, Lee has been employed as various flavors of secretary, as well as advertising copywriter, call-in talk hostess, nightside news copy editor, freelance reporter, photographer, book reviewer, and deliverer of tractor trailers. Beginning in August 1997, she served three years as the executive director of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and was subsequently elected vice president, then president of that organization.[3]

Lee's first professional fiction publication was "A Matter of Ceremony," Amazing Stories, 1980.[4] Her most notable works to date are the books in the Liaden Universe, written in conjunction with her husband, Steve Miller, published by Baen Books, and which are considered part of the space opera sub-genre. Lee and Miller also co-authored the Fey Duology[5] - Duainfey and Longeye. Lee has written a contemporary fantasy series based in Maine - Carousel series (Archer's Beach), which includes 3 novels published by Baen Books and several short stories. In addition, she has written two Maine-based mystery novels—Barnburner[6] and Gunshy[7]—and several dozen short stories.

Bibliography[edit]

Carousel series (Archer's Beach)[edit]

  • Carousel Tides (2010)[8][9] (ISBN 9781439133958)
  • Carousel Sun (2014)[10] (ISBN 9781476736235)
  • Carousel Seas (2014)[11] [12] (ISBN 9781476736969)
  • Surfside (2013)[13] ASIN B00EN3RVMK
  • The Gift of Magic (2015)[14] ASIN B012AYSJRO
  • Spell Bound (2016)[15] ASIN B01KBSR90E

Jen Pierce Mysteries[edit]

(based in Maine)

  • Barnburner (2002)[16] (ISBN: 978-1-935224-93-8)
  • Gunshy (2006)[17] (ISBN: 978-1-935224-94-5)

Liaden Universe novels[edit]

(coauthored with Steve Miller)

Agent of Change Sequence[edit]

  • Agent of Change (1988) [18]
  • Conflict of Honors (1988) [19]
  • Carpe Diem (1989) [20]
  • Plan B (1999) [21]
  • I Dare (2002) [22][23]
  • Partners in Necessity (Omnibus edition of Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors, and Carpe Diem) (2000)[24]
  • Local Custom (2002) [25] [26]
  • Scout's Progress (2002) [27]
  • Pilot's Choice (Omnibus edition of Local Custom and Scout's Progress) (2001)[28]
  • The Dragon Variation (Omnibus edition of Local Custom, Scout's Progress and Conflict of Honors) (2010) [29]
  • Korval's Game (Omnibus edition of Plan B and I Dare) (2011)[30]

The Great Migration[edit]

  • Crystal Soldier (2005)[31][32] [33]
  • Crystal Dragon (2006) [34]
  • The Crystal Variation (Omnibus edition of Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon and Balance of Trade) (20110901) [35]

Other Liad novels[edit]

Liaden Universe Short Story Collections[edit]

  • A Liaden Universe Constellation (2013) [53]
  • A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 2 (2014) [54]
  • A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 3 (2015) [55]
  • A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 4 (2019) [56]

The Fey Duology[edit]

(coauthored with Steve Miller)

Other Novels Coauthored with Steve Miller[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Organization Award title, Category Work Result Refs
2012 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award Skylark n/a Won [65]
2014 Locus_(magazine) Locus_Award, Science Fiction Novel Necessity's Child Nominated [66]
2014 Locus_(magazine) Locus_Award, Science Fiction Novel Trade Secret Nominated [67]
1981 Fool-Con Balrog_Award, Short Fiction A Matter of Ceremony Nominated [68]
2010 Golden_Duck_Award Hal Clement Award Fledgeling Nominated [69]
2005 Golden_Duck_Award Hal Clement Award Balance of Trade Won [70]
2013 SF_Site SF Site Reader's Poll Dragon Ship Won [71]
2012 SF_Site SF Site Reader's Poll Ghost Ship Won [72]
2011 SF_Site SF Site Reader's Poll Saltation Nominated [73]
2002 Romantic_Times Romantic Times Book Club Reviewers Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel Scout's Progress Won [74]
2002 Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FF&P) Chapter of the Romance Writers of America Prism Award Scout's Progress Won [75]
2002 Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FF&P) Chapter of the Romance Writers of America Prism Award Local Custom Nominated [76]

Science Fiction Conventions[edit]

She and Steve Miller have been a Guest of Honor or Special Guest at a number of science fiction conventions, including: SiliCon (1998); SheVaCon (2000, 2003); Albacon (2002)[77]; Balticon (2003, 2016)[78][79]; MarsCon (2003, 2017)[80][81]; PortConME (2004, 2011); CONduit and Trinoc*coN (2004); Penguicon and COSine (2006)[82][83][84]; Stellarcon (2009); DucKon and Oasis (2010)[85]; ConQuesT and Chattacon (2012)[86][87]; Philcon (2014)[88][89]; Ravencon (2016)[90][91][92]; and ConFluence (2017)[93]. [94]

On fan fiction[edit]

Lee and Miller strongly oppose fan fiction written in their universe. "I don’t want 'other people interpreting' our characters. Interpreting our characters is what Steve and I do; it’s our job. Nobody else is going to get it right. This may sound rude and elitist, but honestly, it’s not easy for us to get it right sometimes, and we’ve been living with these characters... for a very long time... We built our universes, and our characters; they are our intellectual property; and they are not toys lying about some virtual sandbox for other kids to pick up and modify at their whim. Steve and I do not sanction fanfic written in our universes; any such work that exists, exists without our permission, and certainly without our support."[95]

References[edit]

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