Melissa Scott was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, studied history at Harvard, and published her first novel while earning her PhD from Brandeis in comparative history. She has published more than 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, Stargate, and Star Wars Rebels. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986, multiple Lambda Literary and Spectrum Awards, was shortlisted for the Tiptree Award and many of her short stories have been anthologized in Year's Best.