Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card is an American novelist, public speaker and columnist. He is known best for science fiction, his novel Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win both science fiction's top U. S. prizes in consecutive years. A feature film adaptation of Ender's Game, which Card co-produced, was released in 2013. Card is a professor of English at Southern Virginia University, has written two books on creative writing, hosts writing bootcamps and workshops, serves as a judge in the Writers of the Future contest. A great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, Card is a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to producing a large body of fiction works, he has offered political and social commentary in his columns and other writing. Card is the son of Willard Richards Card and Peggy Jane, the third of six children and the older brother of composer and arranger Arlen Card. Card was born in Richland and grew up in Santa Clara, California as well as Mesa and Orem, Utah.
He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Brazil and graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. D. program at the University of Notre Dame. For part of the 1970s Card worked as an associate editor of the Ensign, an official magazine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Influences on his fiction include Heinlein, Mitchell, Asimov and Bradbury. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, a place that has played a significant role in Ender's Game and many of his other works. Card began his writing career as a poet, studying with Clinton F. Larson at BYU. During his studies as a theater major, he began "doctoring" scripts, adapting fiction for readers theater production, writing his own one-act and full-length plays, several of which were produced by faculty directors at BYU, he explored fiction writing, beginning with stories that evolved into The Worthing Saga. After returning to Provo, Utah from his Church of Jesus Christ mission in Brazil, Card started the Utah Valley Repertory Theatre Company, which for two summers produced plays at "the Castle", a Depression-era outdoor amphitheater behind the state psychiatric hospital in Provo.
Meanwhile, he took part-time employment as a proofreader at BYU Press made the jump to full-time employment as a copy editor. In 1976, in the midst of a paid role performing in the church's musical celebrating America's Bicentennial, he secured employment as an assistant editor at the Ensign, moved to Salt Lake City, it was while working at Ensign. His short story "Gert Fram" appeared in the July 1977 fine arts issue of that magazine under the pseudonym Byron Walley, he wrote the short story "Ender's Game" while working at the BYU press, submitted it to several publications. The idea for the novel of the same title came from the short story about a school where boys can fight in space, it was purchased by Ben Bova at Analog Science Fiction and Fact and published in the August 1977 issue. Meanwhile, he started writing half-hour audioplays on LDS Church history, the New Testament, other subjects for Living Scriptures in Ogden, Utah, he completed his master's degree in English at the University of Utah in 1981 and began a doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame, but the recession of the early 1980s caused the flow of new book contracts to temporarily dry up.
He returned to full-time employment as the book editor for Compute! magazine in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1983. In October of that year, a new contract for the Alvin Maker "trilogy" allowed him to return to freelancing. Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were both awarded the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making Card the only author to win both of science fiction's top prizes in consecutive years. Card continued the series with Xenocide, Children of the Mind, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, "First Meetings in the Enderverse", Shadow of the Giant, A War of Gifts, Ender in Exile, a book that takes place after Ender's Game and before Speaker for the Dead. Card has announced his plan to write Shadows Alive, a book that connects the "Shadow" series and "Speaker" series together. Shadows in Flight serves as a bridge towards this final book, he co-wrote the formic war novels: Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens and The Swarm as prequels to the Ender novels, with two more novels in the pipeline, which will result in two prequel formic war trilogies.
These trilogies relay, among the history of Mazer Rackham. Children of the Fleet is the first novel in a new sequel series, called Fleet School. In 2008 Card announced that Ender's Game would be made into a movie, but that he did not have a director lined up, it was to be produced by Chartoff Productions, Card was writing the screenplay himself. The film was made several years and released in 2013, with Asa Butterfield in the title role and Gavin Hood directing. Other works include the alternative histories The Tales of Alvin Maker, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, The Homecoming Saga, Hidd
Pierre Christin is a French comics creator and writer. Christin was born at Saint-Mandé in 1938. After graduating from the Sorbonne, Christin pursued graduate studies in political science at SciencesPo and became a professor of French literature at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, his first comics story, Le Rhum du Punch, illustrated by his childhood friend Jean-Claude Mézières, was published in 1966 in Pilote magazine. Christin returned to France the following year to join the faculty of the University of Bordeaux; that year he again collaborated with Mézières to create the science-fiction series Valérian and Laureline for Pilote. The first episode was Les Mauvais Rêves. In addition to the ongoing Valerian, Christin has written several other comics one-shots, including The City That Didn't Exist, The Black Order Brigade and The Hunting Party. Among the many European comics artist he has collaborated with are Enki Bilal, Jacques Tardi, Raymond Poïvet, Jijé, Annie Goetzinger, Daniel Ceppi, François Boucq.
He has written screenplays and science-fiction novels. 1976: Angoulême International Comics Festival, Best French Author 1986: Angoulême International Comics Festival, Library Readers Award, for La voyageuse de la petite ceinture 1995: Haxtur Awards, nominated for Best Short Comic Strip, for El Círculo del poder 1997: Angoulême International Comics Festival, Tournesol Award, for Les otages de l’Ultralum 1996: Max & Moritz Prizes, Best International Writer Pierre Christin publications in Pilote BDoubliées Pierre Christin albums Bedetheque Pierre Christin biography on Lambiek Comiclopedia
The Vorkosigan Saga is a series of science fiction novels and short stories set in a common fictional universe by American author Lois McMaster Bujold. The first of these was published in 1986 and the most recent in May 2018. Works in the series have received numerous awards and nominations, including five Hugo award wins including one for Best Series; the point of view characters include women, a gay man, a pair of brothers, one of whom is physically handicapped and the other a clone, their cousin together with some minor characters. The various forms of society and government Bujold presents reflect contemporary politics. In many novels, there is a contrast between the technology-rich egalitarian Beta Colony and the heroic, hierarchical society of Barrayar, where personal relationships must ensure societal continuity. Miles Vorkosigan, the protagonist of most of the series, is the son of a Betan mother and a Barrayaran aristocrat, embodying this contrast. Humanity has colonized a galaxy. Since dozens of planets were colonized and have developed divergent cultures.
Within the series and colonization of new planets is still ongoing, most notably on the planet Sergyar. Interstellar travel is achieved by "jumping" from solar system to solar system via spatial anomalies known as wormholes that create tunnels in a five-dimensional space. Wormholes are bracketed by space stations, military or commercial, which provide ports for jump travel. Stations may be owned by planetary governments, or by specific commercial organizations, or they may be independent of any planetary organization; the stories feature several planetary systems, each with its own political organization, including government by corporate democracy, rule by criminal corporations, monarchies and direct democracies. In most cases, there is a single government. Both Cetaganda and Barrayar have empires, acquired by conquering other planets via neighboring wormholes; as a tool to simplify the writing process, Bujold devises a standard system of timekeeping universal to all planets regardless of the length of their day and year.
Bujold herself has commented that her posited system is neither technologically nor economically feasible, but is rather a convenience for storytelling. Most of the technology in the series is based on 20th-century engineering situations, projected into null-g or alternative solar system situations. Biomedical advances such as cloning, artificial wombs and cryochambers to preserve and revive deceased people are featured in the series. Bujold presents issues of technological obsolescence and the high rate of failure of R&D projects in personal terms, via bioengineering. Two jump pilots with obsolete navigational brain implants and a number of characters created by genetic manipulation are psychologically stranded by the termination of the program for which they were designed; the series features gravity manipulation, both artificially generated in spaceships, or artificially suppressed in ground transport and elevators. Falling Free and Diplomatic Immunity explore the relationship between a culture adapted to an environment without gravity and one which depends on gravity.
In most societies featured in the series, paper has been replaced by either plastic sheets or electronic devices, two-dimensional video is replaced by three-dimensional holograms. Most characters use portable computers called "wristconsoles" and personal computers named "comconsoles". Interstellar messages, have to be recorded on a physical disc, transported through wormholes at a high cost, relayed between wormholes by the ships' communication systems, imposing both time and cost constraints to interstellar communications; as the series features a military background in several novels, special attention is paid to military technology. Ship to ship combat includes plasma rays and attacks based on gravity manipulation and defensive countermeasures. Personal combat includes the use of combat suits, plasma rays and nerve disruptors, which are rays that destroy nerve tissue. Biological weapons are mentioned in the form of wide spectrum toxin bombs and genetically modified microbes that target specific races, in some cases, specific people.
A truth serum, "fast-penta", is a widespread tool used in interrogation. Several defenses are devised, like induced allergies that kill the subject before they can reveal information, genetic engineering to create immunity, or compartmentalization of information on a need-to-know basis. Miles Vorkosigan has an atypical reaction to the drug which enables him to thwart his enemies on at least one occasion. In the Vorkosigan saga, humans live on planets with diverse degrees of habitability, have developed diverse adaptation strategies to environments that are only fit for human life. Most inhabited planets have gone through long-term terraforming to make them habitable. In spaceships and space stations, people live in closed ecologies in which air and waste are continuously reprocessed. Medical advances are a fundamental part of the saga's worldbuilding; the most notorious are "uterine replicators", devices who allow complete in vitro reproduction, with gene therapy to correct for congenital defects.
It makes possible an all-male society in which eggs are produced by ovaries maintained in a lab. Other advances includ
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin James Anderson is an American science fiction author with over 50 bestsellers. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A. E. and The X-Files, with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequel series. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity, he has written several comic books, including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Dark Horse Predator titles, The X-Files titles for Topps. Some of Anderson's superhero novels include Enemies & Allies, about the first meeting of Batman and Superman, The Last Days of Krypton, telling the story of how Superman's planet Krypton came to be destroyed. Anderson has published over 140 books, over 50 of which have been on US and international bestseller lists, he has more than 23 million books in print worldwide, his wife is author Rebecca Moesta. They reside near Monument, Colorado. Kevin J. Anderson was born March 27, 1962 in Racine and grew up in Oregon, Wisconsin.
According to Anderson, The War of the Worlds influenced him. He wrote his first story at eight years old entitled "Injection". At ten, he bought a typewriter and has written since. In his freshman year in high school, he submitted his first short story to a magazine, but it took two more years before one of his manuscripts was accepted; when it was accepted, they paid him in copies of the magazine. In his senior year, he sold his first story for money for $12.50. For 12 years Anderson worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he met fellow writers Rebecca Moesta and Doug Beason. Anderson would marry Moesta, coauthors novels with both her and Beason. Anderson's first novel, Inc. was published in 1988 and nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His 1993 collaboration with Beason, Assemblers of Infinity, was nominated for both a Nebula and Locus Award. Anderson wrote The X-Files novels Ground Zero and Antibodies. Ground Zero reached #1 on the London Sunday Times Best Seller List and Ruins made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Contracted to write novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, Anderson published the Jedi Academy trilogy in 1994, followed by the 1996 novel Darksaber. He and Moesta wrote the 14-volume Young Jedi Knights series from 1995 to 1998; as a noted Star Wars novelist, Anderson was a participant in the FidoNet Star Wars Echo, a 1990s bulletin board system forum cited as one of the earliest influential forms of Star Wars on-line fandom. In 1997, Anderson and Brian Herbert signed a $3 million deal with Bantam Books to coauthor a prequel trilogy to the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels by Herbert's deceased father, Frank Herbert. Starting with 1999's Dune: House Atreides, the ongoing Dune prequel series has expanded to ten novels to date. In 2011 Publishers Weekly called the series "a sprawling edifice that Frank Herbert’s son and Anderson have built on the foundation of the original Dune novels." Anderson and Brian Herbert have published Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune, sequels to Frank Herbert's final novel Chapterhouse: Dune which complete the chronological progression of his original series and wrap up storylines that began with his Heretics of Dune.
Between 2011 and 2014, Anderson and Herbert released their Hellhole trilogy of novels unrelated to Dune. In 2002, Anderson released the steampunk/adventure novel Captain Nemo: The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius, was subsequently asked to write The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a novelization of the film of the same name; the following year he wrote the novelization for the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In 2005, Anderson co-wrote, along with Dean Koontz, the first book in the Frankenstein series called Frankenstein, Prodigal Son. Between 2002 and 2008, Anderson published a seven novel original space opera series called The Saga of Seven Suns. In 2014 he began publishing a sequel trilogy called The Saga of Shadows. Anderson published four novels and two short stories in his Dan Shamble, Zombie P. I. series between 2012 and 2014. In 2012, Anderson penned a novelization of Clockwork Angels, an album by the Canadian rock band Rush. In 2011, Anderson and Moesta founded their own publishing imprint, WordFire Press, to reissue some of their out-of-print books in paperback and/or e-book formats.
They have subsequently published and reprinted works in various genres, including several out-of-print or unpublished novels by Frank Herbert. In 2013, WordFire acquired the reprint rights to the works of Allen Drury, including his 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning political novel Advise and Consent; that novel, out of print for nearly 15 years, ranked #27 on the 2013 BookFinder.com list of the Top 100 Most Searched for Out of Print Books before WordFire reissued it in February 2014. The company reprinted Advise and Consent's five sequels — A Shade of Difference, Capable of Honor and Protect, Come Nineveh, Come Tyre, The Promise of Joy — as well as Drury's novels Mark Coffin, U. S. S. and Decision. WordFire released four unpublished novels by Frank Herbert, who died in 1986: High-Opp, Angels' Fall, A Game of Authors, A Thorn in the Bush. Anderson announced these in his blog. WordFire reissued several of Herbert's unavailable titles: Destination: Void, The Heaven Makers, Soul Catcher, The Godmakers, Direct Descent — as well as Man of Two Worlds, an out-of-print novel cowritten by Herbert and his son Brian.
Imagination was an American fantasy and science fiction magazine first published in October 1950 by Raymond Palmer's Clark Publishing Company. The magazine was sold immediately to Greenleaf Publishing Company, owned by William Hamling, who published and edited it from the third issue, February 1951, for the rest of the magazine's life. Hamling launched a sister magazine, Imaginative Tales, in 1954; the magazine was more successful than most of the numerous science fiction titles launched in the late 1940s and early 1950s, lasting a total of 63 issues. Despite this success, the magazine had a reputation for low-quality space opera and adventure fiction, modern literary historians refer to it in dismissive terms. Hamling consciously adopted an editorial policy oriented toward entertainment, asserting in an early issue that "science fiction was never meant to be an educational tour de force". Few of the stories from Imagination have received recognition, but it did publish Robert Sheckley's first professional sale, "Final Examination", in the May 1952 issue, printed fiction by Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein and John Wyndham.
American science fiction magazines first appeared in the 1920s with the appearance of Amazing Stories, a pulp magazine published by Hugo Gernsback. The beginnings of science fiction as a separately marketed genre can be traced to this time, by the end of the 1930s the field was undergoing its first boom, but World War II and its attendant paper shortages led to the demise of several titles. By the late 1940s the market began to recover again. From a low of eight active magazines in 1946, the field expanded to 20 in 1950, a further 22 had commenced publication by 1954. Imagination was launched in the middle of this publishing boom; the groundwork was laid in 1947, when Clark Publishing, the company that would publish the first issue of Imagination, was incorporated in Evanston, Illinois, by Raymond Palmer. He worked for Ziff-Davis as the editor of Amazing Stories and did not leave until the end of 1949, but he launched two magazines under the Clark name before that date: Fate, in the spring of 1948, Other Worlds, the first issue of, dated November 1949.
Both of these magazines listed their editor as "Robert N. Webster", a pseudonym Palmer adopted while he was still at Ziff-Davis because of the conflict of interest; the second issue of Other Worlds reported that Palmer were going to edit together. At the 1949 World Science Fiction Convention in Cincinnati, held over the weekend of 3–5 September, Palmer announced that he had left Ziff-Davis and described his plans for Clark Publishing, he met and hired Bea Mahaffey, a 21-year-old science fiction fan attending her first convention, as his assistant editor. With Fate and Other Worlds launched, Palmer began to plan for a new magazine, to be called Imagination. Material for the first two issues had been assembled by mid-1950, but in the early summer Palmer fell down his basement stairs and was left paralyzed from the waist down. While he was hospitalized, much of the work of editing both Other Worlds and Imagination was done by Mahaffey, who coped well, despite her inexperience. An assistant, Marge Budwig Saunder, was hired to help out.
The magazine's first issue, dated October 1950 on a planned bi-monthly schedule, appeared on news stands 1 August 1950. However, in September that year, Ziff-Davis made the decision to move to New York from Chicago. Like Palmer, Hamling had made preparations to leave Ziff-Davis by establishing a separate publishing company, Greenleaf Publishing, in November 1950 Hamling left Ziff-Davis and became Imagination's editor and publisher. In 1954 Hamling started Imaginative Tales. In 1957 the liquidation of American News Company, a major distributor, meant that many magazines had to scramble to find new distributors. Independent distributors required that the magazines be monthly, that they be in a larger format than the digest-size common in science fiction magazines; the larger format required higher revenue to be profitable, but in many cases it proved impossible to attract the additional advertising income that would have kept the magazines afloat. By the end of 1958, many titles had disappeared with Imagination one of the victims.
The last issue of Imagination was October 1958, the 63rd issue, while Imaginative Tales, retitled Space Travel, ceased with the November 1958 issue. There was no indication in either magazine that the end had come, though the last issue of Imagination omitted its letter, book review and pen-pal columns, all of which had appeared in prior issues. Circulation figures were not required to be published annually until the 1960s, so the actual circulation figures are not known. For comparison, the more successful Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, launched the previous year, is known to have had a circulation of just under 60,000 copies for its first issue, dated Fall 1949; the cover story for the first issue was "The Soul Stealers" by Chester S. Geier, a regular in the Ziff-Davis magazines Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures; the story was a sci
Andromeda (TV series)
Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material by Gene Roddenberry, developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, produced by Roddenberry's widow, Majel Barrett. It starred Kevin Sorbo as High Guard Captain Dylan Hunt; the series premiered on October 2, 2000, ended on May 13, 2005. Andromeda was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and produced by Andromeda Productions, Tribune Entertainment, Fireworks Entertainment and MBR Productions. In Canada, the show was on Global TV in Canada and syndicated in the United States on Tribune and other stations. Andromeda is one of two TV series based on concepts Roddenberry had created as early as the 1960s and 1970s; the name Dylan Hunt had been used for the hero of two TV pilots Roddenberry had produced in the mid-1970s, Genesis II, Planet Earth, all sharing a similar dystopian, post-apocalyptic premise. Thousands of years in the future, the Systems Commonwealth is a republic based in a distant star system called Tarn-Vedra.
Humankind is a part of The Commonwealth. The Commonwealth spans the Milky Way and Andromeda, with Tarn-Vedra near its core; the Commonwealth is at war with the Magog, a predatory humanoid species with bat-like faces, dedicated to war. Peace talks led the Commonwealth to cede a key world to that of the Nietzscheans. Dylan Hunt is the captain of the Commonwealth ship Andromeda Ascendant, its computer is a powerful artificial intelligence which can emit a holographic interface persona in the form of a woman, called "Andromeda" or "Rommie". Caught by surprise in the first engagement of the Nietzschean uprising, the crew evacuates; the Andromeda, with Hunt aboard, is caught at the edge of the event horizon of a black hole, freezing both in time. Three hundred and three years in CY 10087, the crew of the salvage ship Eureka Maru locates the ship; the Systems Commonwealth has fallen, the era known as The Long Night has begun. Hunt recruits the salvage crew to join him in an attempt to restore the Systems Commonwealth and "rekindle the light of civilization".
The salvage crew comprises Beka Valentine, a con-artist and expert pilot. The salvage crew's beneficiary brings along an insurance policy in the form of a Nietzschean mercenary named Tyr Anasazi. Dylan Hunt, played by Kevin Sorbo, captain of the Andromeda Ascendant. Beka Valentine, played by Lisa Ryder, Captain of first officer on Andromeda. Tyr Anasazi played by weapons officer. Seamus Zelazny Harper, played by Gordon Michael Woolvett, chief engineer. Trance Gemini, played by Laura Bertram, life support officer. Rev Bem, played by Brent Stait, Science Officer. Andromeda, played by Lexa Doig, Ship's AI and android avatar. Telemachus Rhade, played by Steve Bacic. Weapons officer. Doyle, played by Brandy Ledford, AI's second android avatar. Slipstream is the primary mode of travel for ships in the Andromeda universe, the only known method of traveling faster than the speed of light; the Vedran discovery of the Slipstream was instrumental in the formation of their intergalactic empire, which became the precursor of the Systems Commonwealth.
Slipstream cannot be navigated by AIs. Only organic pilots can "sense" a way to their destination, although AIs are fitted on all large ships, they always require an organic pilot for interstellar travel, it is thought to be the process of choosing a path. A function of slipstream is that apparent objective velocities are variable, as it enables travel across millions of light years as swiftly as traveling between neighboring stars only tens of light years apart. Further, slipstream is a non-linear method of travel; the more used routes are easier and more predictable. The Systems Commonwealth was a huge utopian civilization, spanning three major galaxies of the Local Group, it was founded by the Vedrans, the first race to discover slipstream, who used it to conquer the Andromeda Galaxy. After a long and bitter war of attrition with the major powers of the Triangulum Galaxy, the Vedran Empire was reorganized as the democratic Systems Commonwealth; the Commonwealth served as a peaceful intergalactic government for 10,000 years until the Nietzschean revolt.
Dylan managed to restore the Commonwealth. However, the New Commonwealth soon fell victim to internal corruption masterminded by the group known as the Collectors, who were allied with the Abyss. Hephaestus, a system with a significant Nietzschean population, devastated by a rogue black hole in the pilot episode and the place of Dylan's frozen imprisonment in time for 300 years, it turned out in season five that the A
Catherine Ann Asaro is an American science fiction and fantasy author. She is best known for her books about the Ruby Dynasty, called the Saga of the Skolian Empire. Catherine Asaro was born on November 6, 1955 in Oakland and grew up in El Cerrito, California, she attended Kennedy High School in Richmond, California as part of the Richmond Voluntary Integration Plan. She has a B. S. with highest honors in chemistry from UCLA, both a Masters in physics and a PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University. When not writing and making appearances at conventions and signings, Asaro teaches math and chemistry, she is the director of the Chesapeake Math Program and has coached various nationally ranked teams with home and public school students, in particular the Howard Area Homeschoolers and the Chesapeake teams for national tournaments such as the Princeton and Harvard-MIT competitions. She teaches a gifted program in math and science at the Yang Academy in Gaithersburg, Maryland, her students have placed at the top levels in numerous national competitions, including the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad and the United States of America Mathematical Talent Search.
Asaro is a member of SIGMA, a think tank of speculative writers that advises the government as to future trends affecting national security. She is known for her advocacy of bringing girls and women into STEM fields and for challenging gender roles and literary expectations in her fiction, she has been an invited speaker or visiting professor for various institutions, including the National Academy of Sciences, Georgetown University, NASA, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia, the New Zealand National ConText Writer's program, the University of Maryland, the US Naval Academy, many other institutions. A former ballet and jazz dancer, Catherine Asaro has performed with dance companies and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio, she founded and served as artistic director and a principal dancer for two dance groups at Harvard: The Mainly Jazz Dance Company and the Harvard University Ballet. After she graduated, her undergraduate students took over Mainly Jazz and made it into a club at the college.
She has completed two terms as president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and during her tenure established the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her husband was John Kendall Cannizzo, an astrophysicist at NASA, they have one daughter, a ballet dancer who studied maths at the University of Cambridge and UC Berkeley. Catherine Asaro is the daughter of Frank Asaro, the nuclear chemist who discovered the iridium anomaly that led the team of Luis Alvarez, Walter Alvarez, Frank Asaro, Helen Michel to postulate that an asteroid collided with the Earth 66 million years ago and caused mass extinctions, including the demise of the dinosaurs; the Saga of the Skolian Empire, informally called the Skolian Saga, is a series of science fiction novels and novellas revolving around characters from an interstellar empire known as the Skolian Empire and their power struggle with the rival Eubian Concord. The plot of the book unfolds over several generations of characters and revolves around political intrigues, but contains subplots regarding romance, bio-enhancements, virtual computer networks.
Asaro is known as a hard science fiction writer for the scientific depth of her work. The amount of science varies from book to book, with novels such as Primary Inversion, The Radiant Seas, Spherical Harmonic on the most scientifically dense end of the spectrum, including elements such as equations and diagrams of quantum mechanical wave functions and Klein bottles. Stanley Schmidt, the long time editor of Analog magazine, wrote that Primary Inversion is "an impressive first novel. Asaro is noted as one of the few female science fiction writers who has a doctorate in hard science, in Asaro's case a PhD from Harvard in theoretical Chemical Physics. Asaro is noted for including sophisticated mathematical concepts in her fiction; the method of space travel used in the Skolian Empire books comes from a paper Asaro wrote on complex variables and special relativity that appeared in the American Journal of Physics. The novel Spherical Harmonic involves an imagined universe based on the Hilbert space described by the spherical harmonic eigenfunctions that solve the Laplace Equation, some prose in the book is written in the shape of the sinusoidal waves found in the spherical harmonics.
Her novel The Quantum Rose is an allegory to quantum scattering theory and is dedicated to her doctoral advisors and mentors in the subject, Alex Dalgarno, Kate Kirby, Eric J. Heller; the novella "Aurora in Four Voices" includes topics ranging from Fourier series to integration problems in calculus. In essays in the back of some of her novels, Asaro explains the mathematical and physics basis of the ideas used in the books, in particular Spherical Harmonic, The Quantum Rose, The Moon's Shadow. In the anthology Aurora in Four Voices, Asaro describes the mathematical basis of several stories in the anthology, including the use of Fourier transforms, Riemann sheets, complex numbers in "The SpaceTime Pool." The Diamond Star Project is a collaboration between Catherine Asaro and the rock musicians Point Valid. The project resulted in a CD, Diamond Star, a "soundtrack" for the book, Diamond Star; the novel tells the story of Del-Kurj, a Ruby Dynasty prince who would rather be a rock singer than sit