S.M. STIRLING, Canadian-born author, born; an American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling was born in Metz, France to an English mother and Canadian father. He has lived in several countries and currently resides in the US in New Mexico with his wife Jan.
His novels are generally conflict-driven and often describe military situations and militaristic cultures. In addition to his books’ military, adventure & exploration focus, he often describes societies with cultural values significantly different from modern western views, especially with a more liberal attitude to sexuality (Lesbian characters often figure), in a sympathetic or at least neutral way. One of his recurring topics is the influence of the culture on an individual’s outlook and values, with a particular emphasis on the idea that most people and societies consider themselves (mostly) moral.