This post is for the last SFF.SE topic challenge of 2021, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. According to community votes on the topic challenge proposals thread, the December 2021 topic challenge is going to be devoted to an American author of sci-fi and fantasy:

Elizabeth Moon

What's a topic challenge and how do I take part?

See Announcing a Topic Challenge program for SFF.SE, and also this main meta post. In short, during December 2021 we should all try to: either read some Elizabeth Moon stories and ask interesting questions about them, or help out by answering other people's questions about them.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. We'll keep a list of all Moon questions asked during December 2021 in an answer to this meta post. At the end of the month, I'll collate some data like highest-scoring question, most-viewed question, highest-scoring answer, etc. There won't be any real-world rewards like in the old days when Stack Exchange was smaller and more generous, but I'll be awarding at least one bounty after the end of the month (assuming there's at least one good answer posted).

What's next?

Future topic challenges will be chosen by community votes, so come over and propose or vote on suggestions at:

Propose future topics for SFF topic challenges!

(The Elizabeth Moon answer will be deleted from that thread at the start of December, since already chosen topics shouldn't stick at the top of the thread and distract people from those still to be voted on.)

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    Y'all should read Remnant Population, it's great. Dec 17, 2021 at 16:42
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    Remnant Population is perhaps my favorite of Moon's works, but I can't think of a good on-topic question about it. Dec 19, 2021 at 17:19

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List of all questions posted as part of this topic challenge

The highest-voted of these is In "The Deed of Paksenarrion", what race is the Kuakgan?, with a score of 10 at the end of December.

The most viewed is probably Why is killing a snowcat considered to be "wrong"?, with approximately 140 views during December.

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