Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He has taught ancient and medieval history at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State Los Angeles, 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, fantasy, alternate history, and historical fiction. His alternate history works have included several short stories and novels, including The Guns of the South; How Few Remain, which won the Sidewise Award for Best Novel; the Great War epics American Front and Walk in Hell; the Colonization books Second Contact and Down to Earth; and American Empire: Blood and Iron. He is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.