This article is about author of the Boba Fett series. For more uses of Hand, see Hand disambiguation.

Elizabeth Hand (born March 29, 1957) is an American science-fiction and fantasy novelist, who wrote books three through six of the Young Boba Fett series - Maze of Deception, Hunted, A New Threat, and Pursuit. She was also slated to write a book set in the Old Republic era, but she later opted out.


Hand grew up in Yonkers and Pound Ridge, New York. She studied drama and anthropology at The Catholic University of America. Since 1988, Hand has lived in coastal Maine, the setting for many of her stories. She also lives part-time in Camden Town, London which has been the setting for Mortal Love and the short story "Cleopatra Brimstone".

Hand's first story, "Prince of Flowers", was published in 1988 in Twilight Zone magazine, and her first novel, Winterlong, was published in 1990. With Paul Witcover, she created and wrote DC Comics' 1990s cult series Anima. Hand's other works are Aestival Tide (1992); Icarus Descending (1993); Waking the Moon (1994), which won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and Mythopoeic Society Award; the post-apocalypstic novel Glimmering (1997); contemporary fantasy Black Light (1999), a New York Times Notable Book; the historical fantasy Mortal Love (2004), a Washington Post Notable Book; and the psychological thriller Generation Loss (2007). Her story collections are Last Summer at Mars Hill (1998); Bibliomancy (2002), winner of the World Fantasy Award; and Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories, which includes the Nebula Award-winning "Echo"(2006). Mortal Love was also shortlisted for the 2005 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.

Among Hand's other recent short fiction, "Pavane for a Prince of the Air" (2002) and "Cleopatra Brimstone" (2001) won International Horror Guild Awards.

She also writes movie and television spin-offs, including novelizations of such films as X-Files: Fight the Future and 12 Monkeys. She contributed a Bride of Frankenstein novel to the recent series of classic movie monster novels published by Dark Horse Comics.

Hand wrote a positive review of Alan Dean Foster's novelization of The Force Awakens for the Washington Post. In it, regarding her own writing for the Star Wars franchise, she stated the best part was the fan mail she received from young boys, including many who had read few other books. One letter which particularly stood out was a request from a third-grade boy who wished to do a phone interview with her for a school project to interview her for a report on a famous American, the boy's second choice being U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.[1]

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  1. Hand, Elizabeth (December 21, 2015). You've seen the new 'Star Wars' movie — should you read the book tie-in?. Washington Post. Retrieved on June 22, 2017.
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