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Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon

At the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, Glasgow, August 2005
Born (1945-03-07) March 7, 1945 (age 67)
McAllen, Texas
Occupation Novelist
June 1, 1988 – present
Genres Military science fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy
Spouse(s) Richard Sloan Moon (1969–present)

Elizabeth Moon (born March 7, 1945) is an American science fiction and fantasy author.[1] Her novel The Speed of Dark won the 2003 Nebula Award.



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.[2]

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, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant while on active duty.[3] She married Richard Sloan Moon in 1969 and they have a son, Michael, born in 1983.[2]

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.[4] Her stories appeared regularly in Analog the next few years. Her first novel The Sheepfarmer's Daughter (1988)[4] won the Compton Crook Award and inaugurated the Paksennarrion series.[3]

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 computer programmer, inspired by her own autistic son Michael.[5]

Elizabeth Moon has many interests beside writing. She has a musical background, having played the accordion during her university days[6] and sung in choirs.[2][6] She is an accomplished fencer, and captain of the SFWA Musketeers, a group of published speculative fiction authors who also fence.[7]

Moon is also an experienced paramedic and has served in various capacities in local government.

On September 11, 2010, she wrote a blog entry "Citizenship" about assimilation and an Islamic group that wanted to build a memorial center at/near the site of the 9/11 attack,[8] which was "perceived by many as derogatory toward Muslims and immigrants." [9] Because it "dismayed, angered and offended" the co-chairs and other people associated with WisCon 35, a feminist science fiction convention to be held in May 2011,[10] her invitation to be a guest of honor was rescinded by WisCon's parent body.[11][12]


Moon was awarded the 2007 Robert A. Heinlein Award, which honors "outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space".[14][15]



  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
to be available as A Legacy of Honour (paperback omnibus) in November 2010

  Paladin's Legacy Novels

  • Oath of Fealty (March 2010)—sequel to Oath of Gold
  • Kings of the North (March 2011)—sequel to Oath of Fealty
  • Echoes of Betrayal (February 2012)—sequel to Kings of the North

  Familias Regnant universe

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
The Serrano Connection: Omnibus Two (September 2007)—Orbit GB omnibus
The Serrano Connection (October 2008)—Baen omnibus edition
The Serrano Succession: Omnibus Three (February 2008)—Orbit GB omnibus

  Vatta's War

  • Trading in Danger (September 2003)
  • Marque and Reprisal (September 2004)—Moving Target in the UK, New Zealand and Australia
  • Engaging The Enemy (March 2006)
  • Command Decision (February 2007)
  • Victory Conditions (February 2008)

  The Planet Pirates Series

The Planet Pirates is based on two books by Anne McCaffrey, Dinosaur Planet and Dinosaur Planet Survivors (1978 and 1984, jointly called The Mystery of Ireta), which also form the core of The Death of Sleep.

Omnibus edition: The Planet Pirates (October 1993), McCaffrey, Moon, & Nye

  Other novels


Elizabeth Moon’s list of her own short fiction

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
    • The limited edition hardcover (ISBN 978-1-59780-108-9, September 2007) contains an additional rare bonus story entitled "Fencing In"


  See also


  1. ^ Nawotka, Edward (2008-04-24). "Nebula Awards puts Austin and Texas writers at center of science fiction world". Dallas Morning News. http://www.guidelive.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/books/stories/DN-scifi_0424gl.ART.State.Edition1.46cfb13.html. 
  2. ^ a b c Elizabeth Moon, Biographical information on her homepage. Accessed 2007-09-15.
  3. ^ a b Ebbers, A.F. (April 13, 1989). "Writer wins award; Marine Corps tour helped publish book". Austin American-Statesman. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=AASB&p_theme=aasb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAD89627550A99F&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Elizabeth Moon at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Accessed 2011-06-18.
  5. ^ An Interview with Elizabeth Moon on Plot Twister
  6. ^ a b Christopher Dow, Elizabeth Moon's Path to the Stars, Rice University's alumni magazine, The Sallyport. Accessed 2007-09-15.
  7. ^ SFWA Musketeers. Accessed 2011-05-13.
  8. ^ Elizabeth Moon (2010-09-11). "Citizenship". http://e-moon60.livejournal.com/335480.html. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  9. ^ Locus Magazine Online News. "WisCon Withdraws Moon's GOH Invitation". http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/10/wiscon-withdraws-moons-goh-invitation/. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  10. ^ "WisCon eCube -- Vol. 35, No. 3". September 21, 2010. http://wiscon.info/downloads/W35eCube3.html. 
  11. ^ Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction. "Elizabeth Moon". http://sf3.org/2010/10/elizabeth-moon/. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  12. ^ Locus Magazine Online News. "WisCon Withdraws Moon's GOH Invitation". http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/10/wiscon-withdraws-moons-goh-invitation/. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  13. ^ "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsccw.htm. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Robert A. Heinlein Announcement on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America news site. Accessed 2007-09-15.
  15. ^ Elizabeth Moon. The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Retrieved 2011-07-28.

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