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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Unpredictable - The Best 'Real World'

“No matter what I do, no matter how predictable I try to make my life, it will not be any more predictable than the rest of the world. Which is chaotic.” – Elizabeth Moon

Born on this date in 1945, Moon has written science fiction, fantasy, newspaper columns and opinion pieces – all after serving a stellar career in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Her most notable work is the Nebula Award-winning novel The Speed of Dark.

A native of McAllen, TX, Moon wrote her first piece (about her dog) at age 6 and decided then and there that she would someday be an author.  After her time in the Corps, she began writing a weekly newspaper column and had her first Sci-Fi piece published in Analog magazine when she was in her late 30s.  That led to regular pieces in Analog and ultimately her first novel, The Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, winner of the prestigious Compton Crook Award.

While most of her work has military science fiction themes, she has had everything from biology to politics to a space opera as her focus.   The Speed of Dark is a near-future story told from the viewpoint of an autistic computer programmer, inspired by her own autistic son Michael.

“You can . . . make explicit certain social problems which . . . would be prejudged or not encountered at all in real life, because people have set up defenses against it,” she said.  “Fantasy allows you to get past defenses.”   
                                                                 “My personal feeling about science fiction is that it's always in some way connected to the real world, to our everyday world.”

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