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Elizabeth Moon is an American author that writes science fiction and fantasy. Born in 1945 in McAllen, Texas, Moon spent her childhood just a few miles from the Mexican border.
Order of Vatta's Peace Series
|1||Cold Welcome||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||Into the Fire||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of The Deed of Paksenarrion Series
|1||Sheepfarmer's Daughter||1988||Description / Buy|
|2||Divided Allegiance||1988||Description / Buy|
|3||Oath of Gold||1989||Description / Buy|
Order of The Legacy of Gird Series
|1||Surrender None||1990||Description / Buy|
|2||Liar's Oath||1992||Description / Buy|
Order of Serrano Legacy Series
|1||Hunting Party||1993||Description / Buy|
|2||Sporting Chance||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||Winning Colors||1995||Description / Buy|
|4||Once a Hero||1997||Description / Buy|
|5||Rules of Engagement||1998||Description / Buy|
|6||Change of Command||1999||Description / Buy|
|7||Against the Odds||2000||Description / Buy|
Order of Vatta's War Series
|1||Trading in Danger||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||Marque and Reprisal / Moving Target||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Engaging the Enemy||2006||Description / Buy|
|4||Command Decision||2007||Description / Buy|
|5||Victory Conditions||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Paladin's Legacy Series
|1||Oath of Fealty||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Kings of the North||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||Echoes of Betrayal||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Limits of Power||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||Crown of Renewal||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Paksenarrion Series
|1||Deeds of Honor||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||Swords Against Darkness||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Deeds of Youth||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Elizabeth Moon Standalone Novels
|1||Remnant Population||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||The Speed of Dark||2002||Description / Buy|
Order of Elizabeth Moon Short Story Collections
|1||Lunar Activity||1990||Description / Buy|
|2||Phases||1997||Description / Buy|
|3||Moon Flights||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Planet Pirates Series
|1||Sassinak||1990||Description / Buy|
|2||The Death of Sleep||1990||Description / Buy|
|3||Generation Warriors||1991||Description / Buy|
Chronological Order of Planet Pirates Series
|1||The Death of Sleep||1990||Description / Buy|
|2||Sassinak||1990||Description / Buy|
|3||Generation Warriors||1991||Description / Buy|
Elizabeth Moon Anthologies
|1||The Far Stars War||1990||Description / Buy|
|2||The Siege of Arsita||1991||Description / Buy|
|3||Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||Escape from Earth||2006||Description / Buy|
|5||Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance||2009||Description / Buy|
|6||The Ladies of Trade Town||2011||Description / Buy|
|7||The Mammoth Book of SF Wars||2012||Description / Buy|
|8||Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||Operation Arcana||2015||Description / Buy|
|10||Warrior Women||2015||Description / Buy|
|11||Little Green Men—Attack!||2017||Description / Buy|
|12||Infinite Stars||2017||Description / Buy|
She became fascinated with the concept of culture and how it can shape human beings. A former student at Rice University, where she studied History and Cultural Anthropology, and the University of Texas, where she got her biology degree, the author spent three years in the Marine Corps.
Her husband was also in the military. The couple has one son. Moon started writing at the age of six. She penned a story about a dog. In her teens, she turned her attention to science fiction. At the time, writing was a hobby. Everyone kept telling her that it was a waste of time. As such, she couldn’t take it seriously.
Moon had to fight to stop herself from writing. But she never succeeded. She was born to write fiction. She couldn’t deny her gift. Some people may call her a late bloomer because she was already in her mid-30s when she started writing professionally.
The author secured a column in a county weekly newspaper. Later on, she experimented with short stories, some of which appeared in publications like ‘Analog’ and ‘Sword and Sorceress.’
Finally, in 1988, her first novel saw the light of day. Any doubts she had went out the window when the book won an award (Compton Crook). The author had to fight to get the book published.
Initially, every publisher she approached rejected ‘Sheepfarmer’s Daughter.’ On one particular occasion, her agent sent Moon a rejection letter from Baen, which listed the reasons why they had rejected the book.
One of those reasons suggested that a woman couldn’t produce believable military fantasy. Rather than accepting the rejection, Moon wrote back, explaining why all the reasons Baen stated were wrong. She also pointed out that her background as a Marine qualified her to write military-based fantasies.
Her agent delivered the response to Baen, and Jim Baen reconsidered his position. He took a closer look at Moon’s book and decided to publish it. The author respects Jim because he has recounted the story to other people on several occasions.
Since ‘Sheepfarmer’s Daughter’ was released, the author has continued to churn out military science fiction and fantasy. She tries to write every day, working on her first drafts in the morning.
She will write for as long as it takes to achieve her goal. Sometimes, the author is done before lunch. On other occasions, she will write until 11 PM.
Elizabeth Moon Awards
The author won the Nebula Award (2004). She has also received Hugo, Arthur C. Clarke, and Prometheus Award nominations.
Best Elizabeth Moon Books
The author has several hobbies. Besides taking pictures of plants and animals, she sings in a choir. Moon’s best novels include:
Trading in Danger: Kylara Vatta rejected the family business. The only daughter in a sea of sons, Vatta Transport LTD, had nothing to offer her. She was drawn to the adventure the military promised.
Fortunately, her family realized that adding a Vatta to the military service served their interests. Ky wanted to make her family proud. But instead, a mistake brought humiliation to their name.
Before long, Ky was back home, looking at a bleak future. The last thing she expected was for her father to save the day. He offered her a chance at redemption, a simple mission to escort one of the oldest ships in the family fleet to its final resting place.
But Ky wouldn’t play by the rules. She was determined to squeeze a profit out of the voyage. The fledgling captain had no idea that her risky venture would drag her crew into a colonial war.
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter: Paksenarrion’s father was wrong. She did not want to marry the pig farmer down the road. In fact, she had no interest in spending the rest of her life at home.
She was too special to settle for anything less than an epic adventure. Paks was certain of her future and where she belonged, even though everyone around kept telling her otherwise.
When the opportunity arose, she left to become a legend like one of the heroes from her favorite stories, a warrior of great renown fighting to save the land.
When Does The Next Elizabeth Moon book come out?
Elizabeth Moon doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Deeds of Youth and was released on July, 18th 2023. It is the newest book in the Paksenarrion Series.