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Publication Order of Skolian Empire Books

Primary Inversion (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catch the Lightning (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Hawk (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Radiant Seas (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ascendant Sun (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quantum Rose (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spherical Harmonic (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sextopia (With: Cecilia Tan) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon's Shadow (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skyfall (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Schism (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Key (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ruby Dice (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diamond Star (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carnelians (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Skolian Empire Books

Publication Order of Skolian Empire: Ruby Dynasty Books

Lightning Strike (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dust Knights Books

Publication Order of Major Bhaajan Books

The City of Cries (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undercity (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bronze Skies (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanished Seas (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jigsaw Assassin (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Skolian Empire Anthologies

Aurora in Four Voices (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lightning Strike Books

Publication Order of Lost Continent Books

with Mercedes Lackey, Rachel Lee
Charmed Destinies (With: Mercedes Lackey,Rachel Lee) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Charmed Sphere (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Misted Cliffs (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dawn Star (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fire Opal (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Bird (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sunrise Alley/Charon Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Veiled Web (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Phoenix Code (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Roll of the Dice (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walk in Silence (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spacetime Pool (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Analog, December 1998(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Civil War Fantastic(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine, July/August 2000(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charmed Destinies(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Irresistible Forces(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Cadets(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Space Opera Renaissance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Paranormal Romance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 47 (2013)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Visions of the Future(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Stars(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Catherine Asaro is an American scientist and scholar who also writes science fiction and fantasy. Asaro is best known for the Saga of the Skolian Empire novels.


Catherine Asaro is one of those rare scholars that refused to let her numerous certifications in the areas of physics, chemistry and chemical physics keep her from her desire to produce fiction.

If anything, Catherine has shown an uncanny ability to use her doctorate to bring a grounded edge to the arena of science fiction and fantasy.

The author was born in 1955 in Oakland, California, though most of her childhood was spent in El Cerrito. A student of Kennedy High School in Richmond, the author eventually went to and left UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Catherine proceeded to attend Harvard University where she acquired a Masters in Physics and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics.

The author has made effective use of her skills in the education sector. When she isn’t on the road attending conventions and talking to her fans, the author can be found teaching math, physics, and chemistry in a variety of settings.

Over the years, she has availed her services to public and private students, sometimes extending her tutelage to homeschooling programs.

The Yang Academy in Gaithersburg, Maryland can attest to her gifts as a scholar and a teacher because she has participated in their gifted program in Math and Science. There are students in the United States who impute their success in national competitions on the academic landscape to the efforts of Catherine Asaro.

Suffice it to say, Catherine has made more of a mark on the world than many of her peers in the publishing arena will ever know. Her efforts as a member of a think tank called SIGMA have seen her help the government predict future trends that may impact national security.

Along with giving speeches at institutions like NASA and the National Academy of Sciences, Catherine is also quite vocal about the importance of overcoming traditional gender roles and bringing women into the science arena.

For all her efforts in the sciences, one would be forgiven for envisioning Catherine Asaro as a stuffy scholar with her head forever stuck in her books.

People that have avidly followed Catherine’s scholarly efforts are often shocked to realize just how passionate she is about the arts. In fact, most of them will reject the idea that Catherine Asaro was once a ballet and jazz dancer until you lay the proof out for them.

Catherine wasn’t just a dabbler either. She actually performed with dance companies. There are people on both coasts that can attest to her talents in that arena. Even in the scientific community, Catherine’s love for the arts isn’t that unexpected.

Most people that travel in the author’s social and professional circle know that she worked with two Harvard University dance groups.

Catherine actually started out in the arts. She was a pretty proficient ballet dancer and pianist before she even hit her teens. She also loved to read fiction. The author had her sights set on a dance major at UCLA.

Everything changed when Catherine discovered math and science. Because she hadn’t given the subjects much thought in high school, they confused her immensely. There were times when she had absolutely no clue what her teachers were saying.

But then, one day, she read a chapter on quantum theory in a book and it hooked her. Catherine’s love for physics was sparked. The more she read the more she wanted to know.

One thing led to another and the author eventually got her Ph.D. Even with the rigors of her math and science courses at University, Catherine never stopped dancing. Both the sciences and the arts had their hooks in her and she pursued them with a lot of fervor.

And it only made sense that she would eventually blend those two elements together to produce fiction. The author looks at her stories like problems that must be solved, no different from any other math equation.

The author started out writing short fiction that appeared in magazines and anthologies. She was nominated for various awards as a result. She eventually graduated to full-length novels of which the Saga of the Skolian Empire series is the most popular.

Because of her scholarly background, Catherine Asaro tends to write hard science fiction. Her books feature sophisticated scientific concepts. She has been known to throw equations and diagrams into the mix.

The author’s fans appreciate her work because her ideas feel like they could become a reality in the near future. Catherine endeavors to create a fine balance between the story and the science of her books.

She is well aware that not all her readers understand science like her. As such, she works hard to not overwhelm them.

Catherine exported her creative skills to the music arena in 2009 when she collaborated with a rock band called ‘Point Valid’ to create songs that would accompany her novels. Catherine did not know how to sing at the time so she had to take voice lessons.

The author is married to a NASA astrophysicist called John Kendall Cannizzo. They have a daughter.

+Primary Inversion

The Skolian Empire has mastered faster-than-light communication. The technological advancement allows them to dominate a third of the civilized galaxy. However, the Skolian Empire is not invincible.

They stand on the brink of war with the rival empire of the Traders. The Skolians cannot afford to lose, not if they want to avoid slavery. However, an all-out conflict could see both sides destroyed.

With the smaller skirmishes at play already manifesting signs of potential disaster down the line, steps are taken to prevent the worst possible scenario from coming to pass.

+The Charmed Sphere

Chime has known nothing but peace in the hamlet of Jacob’s Vale for as long as she can remember. Her life takes an unexpected turn when an advisor to the King of Aronsdale ventures out to identify shape-mages.

This advisor singles her out as a promising mage, a decision that sees Chime sent to Castle Suncroft where she will not only have her magecraft abilities defined but she will also marry Prince Muller.

Muller doesn’t want anything to do with Chime. He certainly doesn’t want his position as heir. For Muller, nothing is more important than fashion. Like Chime, Muller is thrown into the thick of things when his father dies and a rival kingdom uses that opportunity to strike.

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