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 ten 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.
"This intriguing novel combines hard speculative science with romantic adventure".
-- Library Journal on The Radiant Seas