As the use of rejuvenation procedures spreads through the upper classes of the Familias Regnant, the economic and political stagnation takes ever more toll on society - and on the neighboring empires as well. With the assassination of Lord Thornbuckle, the ultra-conservative faction in the Council tries to hold onto the status quo, reacting to all criticism as treason. Even the military is affected, with shakeups throughout the command structure, and cost-cutting measures in critical supplies that have serious consequences... and spark a mutiny. In this tumult, the Benignity renews its attacks, and no one's plans are safe.
Elizabeth Moon is an American fantasy and science fiction author. She was born born 1945. She grew up on the Texas-Mexico border. She has degrees in history and biology, and she programmed computers while in the Marine Corps.
She began writing stories in childhood, but didn't make a fiction sale until she was forty. She has several books in print, including The Speed of Dark. She and her husband live in Central Texas; their son, in his early twenties, is autistic.
She loves the outdoors, rides horses, sings in a choir, and would rather do anything than clean house.
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Photo: Elizabeth Moon at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow, August 2005. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photographer: Szymon Sokół.