Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He has taught ancient and medieval history at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State L.A., and has published a translation of a ninth-century Byzantine chronicle, as well as several scholarly articles. He is also an award-winning full-time writer of science fiction and fantasy. His alternate history works have included several short stories and novels, including The Guns of the South; How Few Remain
(winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell,
; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth,
; American Empire novels: Blood and Iron, The Center Cannot Hold,
and Victorious Opposition
; and Ruled Britannia
. He is married to novelist Laura Frankos
. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.