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Note: my surname is Saoirse Moen.
Very Short Bio
Software engineer, Apple alumna, writer, graphic artist, photographer, cat lover, and occasional fangirl. Travel is her drug of choice.
Deirdre Saoirse Moen writes science fiction, fantasy, erotic romance, and non-fiction—not all at the same time. Usually.
She lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband, her mother, one cat (who is not a kitty), and a glow-in-the-dark jellyfish. Her software engineering background has involved web, scientific, and database applications. She has been an engineer for Apple and TiVo and her past clients include Nissan USA, Honda, Perkin Elmer, and Symantec.
In addition to all the software she’s worked on over the years, she’s had writerly odd jobs like stablehand, manager of a travel agency, machinist of fighter aircraft (F-5 and T-38) bushings, Internet geographer, bookseller at Kepler’s books, and debt collector for Scientology. Ah, misspent youth.
Ten Things I’ve Done that You Probably Haven’t
- Went snorkeling in a bay while the bay’s island was being shelled by the military. (San Clemente Island, California)
Dived in a passenger submarine. More than once.
Hand-fed sting rays in the Caribbean. (They are like little puppies, they will rub up against you for food.)
Stood inside Newgrange.
Been a software engineer at Apple. And TiVo.
Walked through the caliche forest on San Miguel Island.
Visited six continents within six months, five of them on a single trip.
Wrote software to help Rh- mothers carry Rh+ babies to term safely. (The software managed injection schedules.)
Walked in an active volcano’s exclusion zone. On Christmas Day.
She also enjoys photography, everything from old-school film to modern digital. Her Instagram account. The picture (taken in Brisbane, California) appeared in a juried show of bay area urban ruins. (Note: currently moving flickr archives to SmugMug.)
Travel is Deirdre’s drug of choice. She’s up to 101 locations on the Traveler’s Century Club Country and Territory list as of November 2014. Except for Antarctica, she’s traveled to at least one country or territory in each of the remaining 11 regions, including all seven countries in Central America.
One visited country from each region:
- Pacific Ocean: Pitcairn Islands
- North America: Canada
- Central America: Nicaragua
- South America: Chile
- Caribbean: Montserrat
- Atlantic Ocean: Iceland
- Europe & Mediterranean: Estonia
- Africa: South Africa
- Middle East: Dubai
- Indian Ocean: Maldive Islands
- Asia: Myanmar (Burma)
In 2012, she traveled around the world for the first time. In 2013, the second.
If you happen to like sending encrypted mail, have at it.
GPG Key ID: BC1054DBC97CC09A
GPG key fingerprint: 24B6 1F55 4221 66E0 51F0 AAF7 BC10 54DB C97C C09A
Please see note about older unrevokable crypto keys at the bottom.
Note that I no longer have the private keys for, and therefore cannot revoke or use: this 2011 key which was lost in a hard drive failure, and much older keys similarly lost over time: this 1999 key (as Deirdre Saoirse), this 1998 key from an old hosting provider before I registered this domain, or this 1997 key from an even older hosting provider. There’s a 1995 key found on the search for “deirdre” that may also be an ancient key of mine. If so, it would be my second key.
Books and Art
"The Duchess's Dress" is a 3200-word fantasy short story set in a quasi-medieval secondary world. Can Elise, servant of the duchess, save her from the seer? Can the duchess, offended by the seer's vision, get the queen to sanction the seer?
"A Sword Called Rhonda" is a 2800-word humorous fantasy short story originally published in a Baen anthology.
This anthology, edited by Mike Resnick, features my story "A Sword Called Rhonda." Currently, it's the only in-print way to purchase this story in paperback. Also includes stories by: Kevin J. Anderson, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, John Gregory Betancourt, Michael Bishop, Terry Bisson, Tobias S. Buckell, Pat Cadigan, Jack Dann, Barbara Delaplace, David Drake, Linda J. Dunn, Eric Flint, Michael F. Flynn, Alan Dean Foster, Ron Goulart, Sarah A. Hoyt, Janis Ian, Kay Kenyon, Mercedes Lackey, Anthony R. Lewis, Louise Marley, Larry Niven, Joe Pumilia and Bill Wallace, Mike Resnick, Chris Roberson, Frank M. Robinson, Dean Wesley Smith, Gene Wolfe, and Brian Hopkins.
This anthology, edited by Esther M. Friesner, is still available electronically, and features my story "A Sword Called Rhonda." There are also out-of-print copies in hardback and paperback. Also Includes stories by: Robin Wayne Bailey, Cassandra Claire, Yvonne Coats, Eric Flint, Esther M. Friesner, Laura Frankos, John G. Hemry, Jim C. Hines, J. Ardian Lee, Lee Martindale, Lesley McBain, Jody Lynn Nye, Steven Piziks, Selina Rosen, Catherine H. Shaeffer, Wen Spencer, Jan Stirling, Michael D. Turner, Harry Turtledove, Laura J. Underwood, and K. D. Wentworth.
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