Bear is of Ukrainian and Swedish ancestry.
A native of Hartford, Connecticut, her curriculum vitae includes working as a "media industry professional," a stablehand, a fluff-page reporter, a maintainer of Microbiology procedure manuals for a 1,000-bed inner-city hospital, a typesetter and layout editor, a traffic manager for an import-export business, Emmanuel Labour, and "the girl who makes the donuts at The Whole Donut at three A.M."
She lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for some time (the setting for the short stories "One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King", "Follow Me Light", and "This Tragic Glass"), but she returned to Connecticut in January 2006.
Her first novel Hammered was published in January 2005 and was followed by Scardown in July and Worldwired in November of the same year. The trilogy features Canadian Master Warrant Officer Jenny Casey, who is also the main character in the short story "Gone to Flowers". Hammered won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2006.
The Chains That You Refuse, a collection of her short fiction, was published May 2006 by Night Shade Books. Blood and Iron, the first book in the fantasy series entitled "The Promethean Age", debuted June 27, 2006. She is also a coauthor of the ongoing Shadow Unit website/pseudo-TV series.
In 2008, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.
She is an instructor at the Viable Paradise writer's workshop and has taught at Clarion West Writers Workshop.
She is dating fantasy author Scott Lynch.
The opening quote in Criminal Minds episode "Lauren" (6.18) was a direct quote of the second and third lines of Bear's book Seven for a Secret: "The secret to lying is to believe with all your heart. That goes for lying to yourself even more than lying to another."
She is one of the regular panellists on the Hugo Award winning podcast SF Squeecast.
In Carnival, the queerness of the characters is actually a key piece of the story. They’re not simply gay so that the author can be edgy or write ‘the other’ or something of that sort. Vincent and Michelangelo are chosen for the mission that is the story because they are gay -- something that has caused them serious problems in their home government but makes them ‘safe’ on New Amazonia.Further Readings:
Even so, the queerness of the characters doesn’t separate the book from its genre – this is a social science fiction novel that takes a close look at the failings of not only the society we are prepared to dislike (the home government that shuns Vincent and Michelangelo for being gay), but also the matriarchal society that we initially expect to be presented as paradisiacal. --Crow & Fox
Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
Mass Market Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Spectra (November 28, 2006)
Amazon Kindle: Carnival
In Old Earth’s clandestine world of ambassador-spies, Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen were once a starring team. But ever since a disastrous mission, they have been living separate lives in a universe dominated by a ruthless Coalition—one that is about to reunite them.
The pair are dispatched to New Amazonia as diplomatic agents Allegedly, they are to return priceless art. Covertly, they seek to tap its energy supply. But in reality, one has his mind set on treason. And among the extraordinary women of New Amazonia, in a season of festival, betrayal, and disguise, he will find a new ally—and a force beyond any that humans have known…
More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels
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