Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science fiction writers, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was brought up in the US and lived in Ireland for many years. She co-authored books with Elizabeth Moon, Jody Lynn Nye, Margaret Ball, Mercedes Lackey and S.M. Stirling. She died in November 2011 at the age of 85. Elizabeth Moon has degrees in history and biology, and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. She lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband and son.