Catherine Asaro has an M.A. in physics, and a Ph.D. in chemical physics, both from Harvard. She has done research at the University of Toronto, The Max Planck Institute, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. A former ballet and jazz dancer, she founded the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard and now teaches at the Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet. She has written sixteen novels in the popular Skolian Saga as well as two near-future technothrillers, The Veiled Web and The Phoenix Code. Her other books for Baen include The Ruby Dice, Alpha and Sunrise Alley. She currently runs Molecudyne Research and lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter.
Prince Del-Kurj Arden, rebel son of the conquered Skolian Empire, comes to Earth to pursue his musical dreams despite his family's protests. Soon, producers want to control him, fans want to love him, and enemies want to kill him. With this latest entry in his "Tales of the Ruby Dynasty" series, Nebula Award winner Asaro ventures into new territory while still showcasing his ability to combine sensual prose with vivid action and bold characterization. An independently released CD of songs referenced here, also titled Diamond Star and performed by alternative rock group Point Valid, can be purchased through www.starflight-music.com. A good pick for adventurous sf readers. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.