Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed Ruby Dynasty series combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Among her numerous distinctions, she has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader's Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 (Pyr), the novel Carnelians (Baen/ Simon & Schuster), and the anthology of her short fiction titled Aurora in Four Voices (ISFiC Press). All her novels are available in audio form and her most recent eBook releases are the award-winning works, Primary Inversion, “The City of Cries” and “The Spacetime Pool." Her book Undercity is due out from Baen in 2014.
Catherine earned her doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Harvard. She has coached numerous math teams, in particular the Howard Area Homeschoolers and Chesapeake ARML program. Her students have won top honors in many competitions, including the USA Mathematical Olympiad and the USA Mathematical Talent Search.
Catherine is a member of SIGMA, a think tank of speculative writers that advises the government on future trends affecting national security. She is also known for her advocacy in bringing girls and women into STEM fields. She has been an invited speaker at various institutions, including the National Academy of Sciences, Harvard, Georgetown, NASA, the New Zealand Context Writer's program, and the US Naval Academy.
Catherine is also a dancer and musician. Her first CD, Diamond Star (Starflight Music 2009), is the soundtrack for her novel of the same name, cut with the band Point Valid. Her second CD, released with Donald Wolcott, is called Goodbye Note (Starflight Music 2010), and her single "Deep Snows" was released with the Peppercorn Band in 2012. The vide for "Deep Snows" was nominated in the Best R&B video category of the World Independent Music and Film Festival. Catherine appears as a vocalist at cons, clubs, and other venues in the US and abroad, including as the Guest of Honor at the Denmark and New Zealand National Science Fiction Conventions. She performs selections from her work in a multimedia project that mixes literature, dance, and music with Greg Adams as her accompanist and band leader. You can chat with her at www.facebook.com/Catherine.Asaro