Shore Leave 36 Guest: Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied history at Harvard College. She earned her PhD from Brandeis University in the comparative history program with a dissertation titled "The Victory of the Ancients: Tactics, Technology, and the Use of Classical Precedent." She also sold her first novel, The Game Beyond, and quickly became a part-time graduate student and an -- almost -- full-time writer.

Over the next twenty-eight years, she published thirty original novels and a handful of short stories, most with queer themes and characters, as well as authorized tie-in novels for Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis, the last being the six-book "virtual season" Legacy series.

She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986, and won Lambda Literary Awards for Trouble and Her Friends, Shadow Man, and Point of Dreams, the last written with long-time partner and collaborator, the late Lisa A. Barnett. She has also been shortlisted for the Tiptree Award. She won a Spectrum Award for Shadow Man and again in 2010 for the short story "The Rocky Side of the Sky."

Her most recent novel, Fairs' Point, the fourth in the fantasy/mystery "Points" series, is just out from Lethe Press, and Silver Bullet, the third Order of the Air novel, written with Jo Graham, was published at the beginning of 2014. Scott can be found on


Title ISBN Date Publisher
978-1-59021-188-5 Lethe Press
978-1-93753-075-4 Crossroad Press
978-1-59021-055-0 Lethe Press
978-1-59021-313-1 Lethe Press
978-1-93753-030-3 Crossroad Press
978-1-90558-663-9 Fandemonium
978-1-90558-661-5 Fandemonium
978-1-90558-662-2 Fandemonium
978-1-59021-381-0 Lethe Press
978-1-93753-003-7 Crossroad Press
978-1-59021-312-4 Lethe Press
978-1-90558-659-2 Fandemonium
0-76532-848-8 Orb Books
978-1-90558-650-9 Fandemonium
978-1-90558-656-1 Fandemonium
978-1-59021-242-4 Lethe Press
978-0-31287-542-8 Tor Books
978-0-31287-247-2 Tor Books
978-0-43507-008-3 Heinemann Drama
978-0-31285-876-6 Tor Books
0-67156-799-3 Pocket
978-0-31285-875-9 Tor Books
0-67188-390-9 Pocket
978-0-81251-302-8 Tor Books
978-0-67169-873-7 Baen
978-0-67169-883-6 Baen
978-0-67169-783-9 Baen
978-0-67165-364-4 Baen Books
978-0-67165-563-1 Baen
978-0-67155-918-2 Baen

Additional books by Melissa Scott