Roger MacBride Allen is the author of twenty-three science fiction novels, including his two most popular stand-alone novels, The Ring of Charon and The Shattered Sphere, and two trilogies, one for Issac Asimov's world and one for the Star Wars universe.
Allen was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on September 26, 1957, the youngest of three children. His family moved to Bethesda, Maryland when he was nine years old and he grew up in the Washington area. He went to Boston University, and graduated with a degree in journalism in 1979. He returned to the Washington area to take on a series of jobs to support himself while he tried to finish his first novel. He worked as a waiter, a typewriter salesman, a telephone answering service operator, a bookstore clerk, and at a series of unintentionally hilarious temp jobs. Then, more or less accidentally, he landed a job in the publications department of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. This small association, better known as AGB, was dedicated to the idea of helping college and university trustees do their jobs better. While at AGB, Roger sold his first novel, The Torch of Honor, to Baen Books, and then sold his second, Rogue Powers, on the basis of an outline. He quit AGB, having learned a great deal about layout, design, editing and production, but still not quite sure what the job of a trustee was.
In 1992, at a science fiction convention in New York, Roger met Eleanore Fox, who was then working as a literary agent. They were married, in California, on July 10, 1994. They currently live in Maryland.