Science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, crossing genres, science, mathematics, the mathematics of music, futurism. I'm asked to give a lot of talks about my predictions for the science and tech in the near future, where we will be. Also, relating science to fiction, math to fiction, and romance to fiction. I'm also often as to speak to students in STEM areas, in particular to encourage young women to consider such careers.
Titles of a few of my recent talks are:
Genius Machines: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Biomechanics.
Harmonic Waves: The Mathematics of Music
Catherine Asaro is a bestselling novelist of more then twenty-five books, including romantic thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy. Her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella “The Spacetime Pool” both won the Nebula® Award. Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the Readers Choice Award from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.” Her book Skyfall was the first science fiction novel from a science fiction publisher to be nominated for the RITA Award from RWA.
Her most recent books are Carnelians (Baen/Simon & Schuster), and the anthology of her short fiction titled Aurora in Four Voices, available from ISFiC Press in hardcover. All of her titles are available in audio form. Her multiple award-winning novellas “The City of Cries” and “The Spacetime Pool” are now available as eBooks, and her most recent eBook releases are the Lightning Strike duology, based on the novel Catch the Lightning.
Catherine has completed two terms as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America SFWA) (2003–2005) and during her tenure established the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Catherine earned her doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Harvard and teaches part time in the physics department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also coaches teams for middle and high school students in math, physics, and chemistry, in particular the Howard Area Homeschoolers and the Chesapeake team for national tournaments such as the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML). Her students have placed at the top levels in numerous competitions, including the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and the United States of America Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS). As a member of SIGMA, a think tank of futurists, she advises the government and business sector as to future trends affecting national security.
A former ballet and jazz dancer, Catherine Asaro has performed with dance companies and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. She founded and served as artistic director and a principal dancer for two dance groups at Harvard: The Mainly Jazz Dance Company and the Harvard University Ballet. After she graduated, her undergraduate students took over Mainly Jazz and made it into a club at the college.
Catherine has two music CD’s out and she is currently working on her thirds. Her first CD, Diamond Star, is the soundtrack for her novel of the same name, performed with the rock band, Point Valid. She appears as a vocalist at cons, clubs, and other venues in the US and abroad, including as the Guest of Honor at the Denmark and New Zealand National Science Fiction Conventions. She performs selections from her work in a multimedia project that mixes literature, dance, and music with Greg Adams as her accompanist. Visit her at www.facebook.com/Catherine.Asaro