Elizabeth Bear shares a birthday with Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. This, coupled with a tendency to read the dictionary as a child, doomed her early to penury, intransigence, friendlessness, and the writing of speculative fiction. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in central Connecticut with the exception of two years (which she was too young to remember very well) spent in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, in the last house with electricity before the Canadian border. She currently lives in the Mojave Desert near Las Vegas, Nevada, but she's trying to escape.
She's worked as a stablehand, a fluff-page reporter, a maintainer-of-Microbiology-procedure-man
Her recent and forthcoming appearances include: _SCIFICTION_, _The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction_, _On Spec_, _H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror_, _Chiaroscuro_, _Ideomancer_, _The Fortean Bureau_, Polish fantasy magazine _Nowa Fantastyka_, and the anthologies _Shadows Over Baker Street_ (Del Rey, 2003) and _All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories_ (Wheatland Press, 2004).
She's a second-generation Swede, a third-generation Ukrainian, and a third-generation Transylvanian, with some Irish, English, Scots, Cherokee, and German thrown in for leavening. Elizabeth Bear is her real name, but not all of it.
Her dogs outweigh her, and she is much beset by her cats.