“For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever.” – Joan D. Vinge
Born in Baltimore on this date in 1948, Vinge is best known for such works as her Hugo Award-winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels and her novelization of movies like Tarzan: King of the Apes, Lost In Space and Cowboys & Aliens.
After starting her career as an anthropologist, Vinge turned to writing in the early 1970s and made it a full-time career change after the success of Snow Queen in 1980. Besides her award for that novel, she also won a Hugo for Best Novelette for her tale "Eyes of Amber,” and has been nominated for several other Hugo and Nebula Awards. Her novel Psion was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.
One hallmark to her writing has been strong, engrossing characters. “I wanted to show those characters,” she said, “discovering it is possible to find common ground, as they make their way through a plotline that I hope is engrossing enough to keep the reader a willing participant.”
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