L. E. Modesitt, Jr., was born in 1943 in Denver. He has written more than 45 published books, numerous short stories, as well as technical publications in the environmental and economic fields. His work has been widely translated and published world-wide. Although he is possibly best known for his "Recluce" fantasy saga, with over two million books in print, he continues to write science fiction as well. He has been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence Along the way, Mr. Modesitt has weathered eight children, a fondness for three-piece suits [which has deteriorated into a love of vests], numerous canines, and various assorted pet rodents. In 1989, to escape nearly twenty years of occupational captivity in Washington, D.C., he moved to New Hampshire. There he married a lyric soprano, and he and his wife Carol moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 1993, where she chairs the Music Department and directs the opera program at Southern Utah University and he continues to create and manage chaos. Because Mr. Modesitt has written a wide range of fiction, from hard science fiction to fantasy, he is comfortable speaking on a wide range of topics in the genre, including the technical aspects of writing itself. He does limit his talks on technical topics to piloting, politics, and the environment. He does not normally charge speaking fees, but he does like to be reimbursed for travel and lodging costs for any area more than 250 miles from Cedar City, Utah.