Elizabeth Moon grew up on the Texas-Mexico border, a voracious reader and early writer. She spent much of her early years in a hardware store where nothing was in shrink-wrap or little plastic containers, and mule collars still hung on the back wall. She has a history degree from Rice University and a biology degree from the University of Texas at Austin, plus some graduate work in biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio; between the first two, she spent three years on active duty in the USMC. Her bibliography includes 25+ novels and 40+ short fiction works, nearly all in science fiction or fantasy. REMNANT POPULATION was a Hugo finalist in 1997; THE SPEED OF DARK won the Nebula Award in 2003. When not writing, she likes to wander around the 80 acres she and her husband manage for wildlife and prairie restoration, taking pictures of wildlife and native plants, while checking the rainwater collection and wildlife watering systems and making sure a neighbor's livestock hasn't broken through a fence. More sedentary actvities include cooking & baking, knitting (mostly socks), reading (a lot!) and singing (with a choir in the city.) Oh, and laughing.