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Friday, March 6, 2020

Connecting Fantasy to Our 'Real World'

“In fantasy, you can make a complete break, and you can put people in a situation where they are confronted with things that they would not confront in the real world.” – Elizabeth Moon

Born Susan Elizabeth Norris on March 7, 1946 in Texas, Moon wrote her first “book” at age 6 and started writing Science Fiction and Fantasy as a teenager – something she first looked upon as a sideline before realizing she had a knack for not only creating new worlds but creating worlds that a lot of people wanted to read about.

A graduate of Rice University, she had a career as a U.S. Marine Corps officer and started writing science fiction with a military twist, something that she continues doing yet today.  When not writing SciFi or Fantasy, she also has been a successful newspaper columnist and opinion writer. 
      Among her many awards are a “Best Novel” Hugo for The Speed of Dark and the Robert A. Heinlein Award for "outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.”   Speed of Dark is a near-future story told from the viewpoint of an autistic computer programmer, inspired by her son Michael.

“My personal feeling about science fiction,” she said,  “is that it's always in some way connected to the real world, to our everyday world.“

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