Elizabeth Chater was the author of more than 24 novels and countless short stories. She received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. from San Diego State University, and joined the faculty of the latter in 1963 where she began a lifelong friendship with science fiction author Greg Bear. She was honored with The Distinguished Teacher award in 1969, and was awarded Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1977. After receiving her Professor Emeritus certificate from President J.F.Kennedy personally, she embarked on a new career as a novelist with Richard Curtis as her agent. In the 1950's she published short stories in Fantastic Universe Magazine, The Saint Mystery Magazine, and she won the Publisher's Weekly short story contest in 1975. She also wrote under the pen names Lee Chater, Lee Chaytor, and Lisa Moore.