Janet Morris

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Janet Ellen Morris
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Janet Morris and UVM Christine
BornMay 25, 1946 (1946-05-25) (age 74)
OccupationAuthor, defense analyst
Genre Fantasy, Science fiction, Historical novels

Janet Ellen Morris (born May 25, 1946) is an American author of fiction and nonfiction, best known for her fantasy and science fiction and her authorship of a non-lethal weapons concept for the U.S. military. [1]

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Background

Writing

Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than forty novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. Her debut novel, written as Janet E. Morris, was High Couch of Silistra , the first in a quartet of character-driven novels with a female protagonist. According to original publisher Bantam Books, the Silistra quartet had over four million copies in print when the fourth volume, The Carnelian Throne was published. Charles N. Brown, co-founder and editor of Locus Magazine , is quoted on the Baen Books reissues of the series, noting that the stories featured "engrossing characters in a marvelous adventure."

Morris has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves' World , in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes.

She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell , writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris.

Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Her 1983 book I, the Sun, a detailed biographical novel about the Hittite King Suppiluliuma I was praised for its historical accuracy; O. M. Gurney, Hittite scholar and author of The Hittites, [2] commented that "the author is familiar with every aspect of Hittite culture." [3]

Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on non-lethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics.

Academic, strategic and business activity

Morris was elected to the New York Academy of Sciences in 1980. Morris served as Research Director and Senior Fellow (1989–1994) at the U.S. Global Strategy Council, as well as Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1993–1995). Morris co-authored The Warriors Edge, which explores embracing unconventional psychological combat techniques, in 1990. Janet Morris and the USGSC's campaign for the creation of a non-lethality panel resulted in the assembly of the Non-Lethality Policy Review Group, led by Major General Chris S. Adams, USAF (ret.) in 1991. The group earned the political backing of Sam Nunn, chair of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. Janet Morris published numerous white papers in 1991, detailing the USGSC’s non-lethal war doctrine proposals. The papers promoted diversifying and expanding non-lethal weapon capability for use in increased American intervention in global conflicts. The papers urged additional development of anti-personnel incapacitants as well as vehicular area denial devices. [4]

In 1991, Morris visited the Moscow Institute of Psycho-Correlations and observed the demonstration of the transmission of subliminal commands via infrasound. [5]

In 1995, Morris and her husband founded M2 Technologies. [6] Since that time, their writing output has decreased in proportion to the increasing success of the company, which works with U.S. federal and military agencies on non-lethal weapon systems, novel technology applications, and software.

In 2003 and 2004, she served on the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Nonlethal Weapons and Capabilities and contributed to the Task Force report, Nonlethal Weapons and Capabilities (2004). [7]

Equestrian

A lifelong horsewoman, Morris and her husband bred Thoroughbreds from 2003 to 2013 and still maintain a World-Champion producing Morgan Horse breeding program begun in 1996. Her foundation mare, "UVM Christine" (pictured above), won Morgan Grand National Champion Four-Year-Old Mare, World Champion Senior Mare, and Reserve World Champion Mare in 1998. [8]

Other Grand National and Reserve Grand National and World Champions followed, including Reserve World Champion and Reserve Grand National Champion Park Horse, "Pastorale" in 2001 and 2002; homebred Grand National Champion Morgan Snaffle-Bit Reining Horse, "Spring Diva", in 2003; Grand National Champion Pleasure Driving Gelding "Burkland Rafinesque" in 2008; and homebreds "Privilege", World Champion Western Pleasure in 2014; and "Concordia", World Champion Pleasure Driving in 2018. The Morrises' Morgan breeding program was featured on the cover and in a profile article in Equine International [9] in 2009.

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Silistra

Kerrion Empire

Threshold (with Chris Morris)

ARC Riders (with David Drake)

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Heroes in Hell

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References

  1. Nonlethality: A Global Strategy
  2. The Hittites, O. M. Gurney, Penguin, 1952
  3. I, the Sun, Janet Morris, Dell, 1983
  4. Henry Azadehdel (June 1993). "Psychic Warfare and Non-Lethal Weapons" . Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  5. Richard Forno, Ronald Baklarz (1999). The art of information warfare: insight into the knowledge warrior philosophy. Universal-Publishers. p. 84. ISBN   1-58112-857-6 . Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  6. "M2 Technologies, Inc.: Private Company Information". Business Week.
  7. "Nonlethal Weapons and Capabilities". Council on Foreign Relations. February 2004.
  8. The Morgan Horse Magazine, December, 1998; The Morgan Connection, December, 1998
  9. Equine International, Summer 2009, Vol. 1, Issue 2; www.alltech.com/EquineInternational
  10. Silistra is the name of an actual city and province in Bulgaria