Susan Elizabeth Norris Moon was born in McAllen, Texas. She was educated at Rice University (BA in history), 1968; The University of Texas, Austin (BA in biology), 1975; and The University of Texas, San Antonio (graduate study), 1975-1977. She married Richard Moon, 1969, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971.
Moon reports she has written stories for her own pleasure since childhood, and became interested in SF during high school. She began submitting non-fiction work, under her husband’s byline, to various periodicals in the 1980s, which led to her first sales.
First SF publication: “ABCs in Zero-G” in Analog (August, 1986); First SF book: Sheepfarmer’s Daughter (1988); First SF collection: Lunar Activity (1990). A second short fiction collection, Phases, appeared in 1997.
“The Deed of Paksenarrion,” was a fantasy trilogy consisted of Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, Divided Allegiance (1988), and Oath of Gold (1989). Prequels to the trilogy, Surrender None and Liar’s Oath, appeared in 1990 and 1992, respectively. A non-space opera series, “The Serrano Legacy,” included Hunting Party (1993), Sporting Chance (1994), Winning Colors (1995), Once a Hero (1997), Rules of Engagement (1998), Change of Command (1999), and Against the Odds (2000). A standalone, first contact novel, Remnant Population, appeared in 1996. Her far-future military adventure series began with Trading in Danger (2003); the second book in the series, Moving Target, appeared in 2004. With Anne McCaffrey she has co-written the SF novels Sassinak (1990) and Generation Warriors (1992). The novel Marque and Reprisal appeared in 2004, and a sequel, Engaging the Enemy, in 2006.
She received a nomination for the 1997 Best Novel Hugo.
Critic George Mann on Moon’s writing in her “Serrano Legacy” series: “What sets Moon’s writing apart from that of her contemporaries is her use of a female lead protagonist and the way in which it is a family, as distinct from one character, whose progress she charts throughout the series.” Moon on her own writing: “Writing books sometimes gives me insights into myself.”
She was interviewed in the March 2004 issue of Locus (“Explorations”).
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1989 — Compton N. Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award
- 1992 — Balticon 26
- 1994 — ArmadilloCon 16
- 1996 — New Orleans SF & Fantasy Festival '96
- 1997 — Rustycon 14
- 1998 — Life, the Universe, & Everything 16
- 2002 — Conestoga 6, Chattacon XXVII
- 2003 — ConQuesT 34, InConJunction XXIII, Nebula Award
- 2004 — FenCon I, MileHiCon 36, Toastmaster at FenCon I
- 2005 — AggieCon XXXVI
- 2006 — Archon 30
- 2007 — Moonbase ConFusion, Swancon 32, Robert A. Heinlein Award.
- 2008 — DucKon 17, Conjunction
- 2010 — ConDFW IX
- 2011 — WisCon 35 (GoHship withdrawn by WisCon because Moon expressed political beliefs the committee disagreed with)
- 2015 — Keycon 32