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K.E. Lanning, Biographical Sketch

K.E. Lanning is a scientist and writer. Born in Texas in 1957, she grew up near Houston in the small town of Friendswood, laced with white oyster shell roads and open fields dotted with huge live oaks—riding horses rather than bikes. But nearby, NASA’s space program shepherded thoughts of astrophysics into her head.

Lanning received a bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1979 from Stephen F. Austin St. University in Nacogdoches, TX and a MBA in 1986 from the University of Houston. In her geophysics career, science met art—imaging landscapes beneath the surface of the earth. Lanning owned and directed an art gallery in Houston, fascinated with curating thought-provoking shows with new and proven artists.

A life-long fan of science fiction, Lanning has always been intrigued by the multi-dimensions of the genre, allowing the author to explore society, humanity, and our future—bringing the reader along for the ride. To reveal the inner workings of some of the best sci-fi authors in the business, she’s published a series of sci-fi author interviews in OMNI magazine, In the Author’s Universe: Sci-Fi Authors from a Writer’s Point of View, including authors Hugh Howey, Margaret Atwood, and Cixin Liu.

Her first novel is A Spider Sat Beside Her, a work of literary/speculative science fiction, with an eco-fiction emphasis, and will launch in late summer/early fall, 2017. Two additional novels, The Sting of the Bee and Listen to the Birds, are in the works and will complete the trilogy, though each will be standalone works.

Lanning currently lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her family.