L. E. ( Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then wen to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They elocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.
He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, unpaid radio disc jockey, real estate agent, market research analyst, director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant for a Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and th college lecturer and writer in residence.
In addition to his screenplays, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and th number of science fiction tories. His first short story, " The Great American Economy ", was published in 1973 in Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact.