L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the author of more than 65 novels (primarily science fiction and fantasy), a number of short stories, numerous technical, scholarly, and economic articles, and, occasionally, poetry. His novels include four separate fantasy series, including the Saga of Recluce and the Imager Portfolio. His first story was published in Analog in 1973, and his next book is Heritage of Cyador, to be released in mid-November.
Along the way, he has also 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 U.S. Congressmen; 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; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association.
He has weathered eight children, twelve grandchildren, a fondness for three-piece suits which has deteriorated into a love of vests, numerous canines, the majority of them rescues, and two refugee felines, one of whom has never forgotten that the Egyptians once worshipped cats. Finally, 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 directs the voice and opera program at Southern Utah University and he continues to create and manage chaos, largely, but not entirely, of the fictional variety.