(November 6, 1955 --)
Catherine Asaro is a physicist and SF writer. She was educated at UCLA (B.S. in chemistry, 1978); Harvard (M.S. in physics, 1983; Ph.D. in chemical physics, 1985).
Asaro has carried out research at the University of Toronto, the Max Planck Institut f@<ü>@r Astrophysik in Germany, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and was a professor of physics until 1990. At that time she established Molecudyne Research, which she now runs.
First SF publication: "Dance in Blue" in the anthology Christmas Forever (Tor, 1993). First SF novel: Primary Inversion (Tor, 1995). She received enough nomination to appear on the ballot for the 1996 Campbell Award, but was ineligible.
Her novel The Phoenix Code was published in 2000; and Spherical Harmonic, a recent novel in her "Skolian Empire" series appeared in 2001. Most of Asaro's novels, although standalone, are set in the "Skolian Empire/Ruby Dynasty" universe. Novels in this series are Primary Inversion (1995), Catch the Lightning (1996), The Last Hawk (1997), The Radiant Seas (1999) [a continuation of the story told in Primary Inversion], Ascendant Sun (2000), and The Quantum Rose (2000). Two new novels, The Moon's Shadow and Skyfall, appeared in 2003. Skyfall is a standalone prequel to her Skolian Empire Saga, the earliest story in the series by internal chronology; it also includes a timeline and a family tree. A fantasy romance novel, The Charmed Sphere (2004), is the second in Harlequin's new line of romantic SF/fantasy titles. The novel Sunrise Alley appeared in 2004. The first two novels in her Saga of the Skolian Empire, Schism and The Final Key, were both published in 2005.
A former ballet and jazz dancer, Asaro founded the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard and teaches ballet at the Caryl Maxwell Academy in Ellicott City, Maryland.
She has also written a column for Tangent magazine, and served as president of SFWA. An interview with Asaro, "Dancing Equations," appeared in the November 1999 issue of Locus; and she was Jay Kay Klein's subject in his "Biolog" department in the August 1999 issue of Analog.
Awards received by her fiction include a HOMer Award for "Aurora in Four Voices" (Analog, December 1998), for "A Roll of the Dice" (Analog, July/August 2000); National Readers Choice and Prism Awards in 1999 for The Veiled Web, a PBO published in 1999; Sapphire Award for Catch the Lightning, 1997; Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (Best SF Novel) for The Radiant Seas, 2000; Nebula Award (Novel) for The Quantum Rose, 2001, Best Novella Hugo nominations in 1999 and 2004.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 2000 -- DucKon IX, WillyCon II, ArmadilloCon 22
- 2001 -- DeepSouthCon 39, InConJunction XXI, Millennicon Liftoff
- 2002 -- Marcon 37, Best Novel Nebula
- 2003 -- Odyssey Con III, StellarCon 27 (Special Guest)
- 2006 -- Astronomicon 2006, ConClave XXXI
- 2007 -- DemiCon 18
- 2008 -- Trinoc*coN 2008
- 2009 -- Philcon 2009, Necronomicon 2009, Best Novella Nebula
- 2010 -- Fantasticon 2010, Apollocon 2010
- 2011 -- WindyCon 38, InConJunction XXXI, ConTeXT (NZ Natcon)
- 2012 -- EerieCon 14, MarsCon 2012
- 2013 -- Norwescon XXXVI, LibertyCon 26
- 2016 -- JordanCon VIII
- 2018 -- Balticon 52
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