CATHERINE ASARO was born in Oakland, California and grew up in El
Cerrito, just north of Berkeley. She received her Phd in Chemical
Physics and MA in Physics, both from Harvard, and a BS with Highest
Honors in Chemistry from UCLA. Among the places she has done
research are the University of Toronto in Canada, the Max Planck
Institut fur Astrophysik in Germany, and the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics. Her research involves using quantum theory
to describe the behavior of atoms and molecules. Catherine was a
physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne
Research, which she currently runs.
A former ballerina, Catherine has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. In the 1980s she was a principal dancer and artistic director of the Mainly Jazz Dancers and the Harvard University Ballet. Catherine still teaches ballet in Maryland.
Catherine's fiction is a successful blend of hard science fiction, romance, and exciting space adventure. She has published more than dozen novels, almost all of which belong to her "Saga of the Skolian Empire," including "The Quantum Rose," which won the Nebula Award for best novel of 2001.
Her husband is John Kendall Cannizzo, an astrophysicist at NASA. They have one daughter, a young ballet dancer who loves math.
Tensions escalate between the Skolians and their enemies, the Aristo Traders, in Nebula-winner Asaro's dizzying yet accessible SF soap opera, the 10th installment in her Skolian Empire saga and the first in a sequence exploring the childhoods of some of the earlier books' major players. Young Soz secretly applies to become a Jagernaut, a member of the Skolian elite fighting force, against the wishes of her father, Eldrinson. Soz's high scores and powerful psychic abilities guarantee her entry, but when her brother Althor comes to collect her, Eldrinson disowns them both. Soz's brother Shannon runs away, and when Eldrinson sets after him, Eldrinson is kidnapped and tortured by nasty Aristo Trader Vitarex, an event that presages war. Meanwhile, Soz, brilliant and difficult, excels at school, driven by her hatred of the Aristos and what they did to her father. There are plenty of exciting firefights, but the novel's focus on emotional connections, forgiveness, love and growing up will appeal more to a female than a male sensibility. YA readers will identify with the mostly teenage protagonists. Agent, Eleanor Woods at Spectrum Literary Agency. (Jan. 3) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Praise for the multiple-award-winning Saga of the Skolian
"Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire has quietly become one of the most interesting, ambitious, and popular science-fiction series since "Dune"."--"Romantic Times"
"Asaro has quickly gained a reputation as a writer of first-rate rip-roaring adventures."--"SF Site"
"Intrigue, drama and romance converge in nebula winner Asaro's latest Skolian Empire adventure, an enthralling stand-alone that fills in the early history of the empire."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Skyfall"
""The Moon's Shadow" is superior space opera, with a level of realism and psychological depth that amply rewards readers who prefer their entertainment well seasoned with sharp intelligence. Asaro succeeds in giving readers a rewarding look into her elaborate and colorful fictional universe, and in leaving them with the desire to soon visit it again."-Pamela Sargent, SciFi.com
"This latest installment blends dynastic intrigue with theoretical physics to create a story that will appeal to fans of hard sf as well as grand-scale storytelling."--"Library Journal" on "Spherical Harmonic"