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L.E. Modesitt Jr.

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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 moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated 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 a college le
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L.E. Modesitt Jr. I'd have to rephrase your question to answer it accurately, I write about ethical issues and how they impact people and societies. The impacts are sim…moreI'd have to rephrase your question to answer it accurately, I write about ethical issues and how they impact people and societies. The impacts are similar to the impacts we see in our own world day-to-day, year-to-year, even century to century. Using the term "moralistic viewpoint" incorporates the implication of a single "moral" viewpoint, but across the body of my work, a discerning reader can find that the "moral viewpoint" of a protagonist in one book is considerably different from the protagonist in another. The one consistency that I will admit to is that from a practical point I believe, and my characters tend to illustrate, extremism in any form of belief system paves the road to disaster.

As for the emphasis on ethics... research has shown that human beings do have a rough internal ethical system. I just write about how individuals handle ethical problems.(less)
L.E. Modesitt Jr. No. The earlier culture of Cyador was far less sexist than the later culture. Part of the reason why I told it that way was because, particularly in m…moreNo. The earlier culture of Cyador was far less sexist than the later culture. Part of the reason why I told it that way was because, particularly in many western nations, there's an underlying assumption that cultures get less sexist as they develop... and history shows that such is not necessarily the case. Cultures change, and some become less sexist, and some become more sexist. From what I've seen, cultures and societies become more conservative and more sexist when they feel threatened or when conditions are worsening. Cyador is definitely declining when it becomes more sexist. (less)
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The other day I received an email from a faithful reader who noted that he had stopped reading The Soprano Sorceress because the song magic was "too easy." Over the years I've received other comments along the lines that all she had to do was open her mouth and sing.

Right. Except that under the magic system in Erde, the song had to be perfectly on pitch and in key; the words had to specify what

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The Magic of Recluce (first book published in The Saga of Recluce)
 
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Magi'i of Cyador (first book in chronology of The Saga of Recluce)
 
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