"SCHISM" ended with the Skolian Empire torn asunder by personal conflict within the royal family. With "The Final Key", the Skolian Empire comes under all-out assault from its nemesis, the Euban Concord. The Concord has undermined the Empire via subterfuge and assassination, leaving it ripe for conquest. The Skolian Empire's only hope? A young woman barely out of her teens who hasn't even completed her training as a cadet.
CATHERINE ASARO received a doctorate in physics from Harvard University, has published a number of papers on theoretical physics and was a physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne Research. A former ballerina, she has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts. She lives with her husband and daughter in Columbia, Maryland.