Elizabeth Moon grew up in south Texas and started writing at an early age. She attended Rice University, earning a degree in history, then joined the Marines, serving on active duty from 1968-1971. After that, she went for a second degree, this time in biology, from the University of Texas at Austin. She did graduate work in biology at U.T. San Antonio.
Moon has written 25 novels, co-authoring two with Anne McCaffrey, including several popular series: Vatta’s War (concluded in 2008 with Victory Conditions), the Serrano Legacy, Planet Pirates (with McCaffrey), and the trilogy The Deed of Paksenarrion and its prequels. She has been a finalist for both the Hugo (Remnant Population) and the Arthur C. Clarke Award (The Speed of Dark), and The Speed of Dark won the Nebula Award. In 2007, she won the Robert A. Heinlein Award for her body of work. She has had over 30 shorter works in magazines and anthologies, most recently her collection Moon Flights (Nightshade Books 2007) Her forthcoming novel is Limits of Power (Del Rey, June 11, 2013), fourth volume of Paladin’s Legacy.
Besides writing, her other interests include classical music, prairie restoration, wildlife management,
horses, Renaissance-style fencing, nature photography and biomedical science. Among her favorite things are dark chocolate, fresh herbs, the color red, steam trains, and summer rain. Moon now lives in a small central Texas town with her husband, two horses, a cat, and a John Deere tractor named Bombadil.