Vonda N. McIntyre is the author of Dreamsnake, which
won both the Nebula Award and the Hugo award for best science fiction novel.
The World Science Fiction Convention awards the Hugo after a vote by readers,
while the Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presents the Nebula.
Dreamsnake has been published in thirteen languages, including, most
In 1994, The Chesterfield Film Company offered her
a fellowship in its Writers Film Project, sponsored by Universal Studios
and Amblin Entertainment. She spent the year in Los Angeles working on
two screenplays. The results are The Moon and the Sun and Illegal
Alien. She has also adapted Dreamsnake and Barbary as
The Moon and the Sun is set in 1693 at the
court of Louis XIV, in Versailles, where McIntyre travelled to do research.
The period is as rich as the chateau; in order to prevent the screenplay
of The Moon and the Sun from growing beyond the dreaded 120-page
limit, she also wrote the story as a novel. "I'm probably the only person
in the universe," she says, "who will perceive this book as science fiction."
Pocket Books published The Moon and the Sun
in hardcover in September 1997. "I'm pleased with the way the novel came
out," McIntyre says, "and amazed at the amount of research it took. Dave
Stern, my editor, just sent me the cover proof, and it's wonderful. Gary
Halsey, the artist, has done the most beautiful cover I've seen in a long,
The Starfarers Series, now complete, is a quartet
of novels narrating the story of alien contact specialist J.D. Sauvage
and her colleagues in rebellion aboard the campus starship Starfarer.
The series begins with Starfarers, continues with Transition
and Metaphase, and concludes with Nautilus. Starfarers
is one of the few novels ever to inspire a fan club before being written.
Bantam Spectra published the complete quartet and re-released Dreamsnake
at the same time, making McIntyre their entire paperback lineup for October
In the following month, Bantam Spectra published McIntyre's
Star Wars novel, The Crystal Star, which continues the adventures
of George Lucas' creations Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, and
Chewbacca, and the next generation of Star Wars characters.
McIntyre's other novels include The Exile Waiting,
The Entropy Effect, Superluminal, and Barbary. The
Exile Waiting was nominated for the Nebula; excerpts from Superluminal,
"Aztecs" and "Transit," received Hugo and Nebula nominations.
Her collection, Fireflood & Other Stories,
includes the Nebula award-winning "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand," plus
ten other stories. With Susan Janice Anderson, she edited Aurora: Beyond
Equality, an anthology of humanist science fiction by Ursula K. Le
Guin, James Tiptree, Jr., A.R. Sheldon, Marge Piercy, David J. Skal, P.J.
Plauger, and others.
McIntyre wrote the best-selling novel versions of
the screenplays for three of the popular Star Trek movies: The Wrath
of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home.
Her audiotape adaptation of The Voyage Home, narrated by George
Takei and Leonard Nimoy, was nominated for a Grammy.
She graduated as a Bachelor of Science from the honors
program of the University of Washington. With several short-story sales
to her credit, she spent a summer at the Clarion Writers Workshop. After
a year of graduate work in genetics, she ventured out on her own as a
She has exhibited hunters and jumpers, organized conferences,
observed humpback whales in Alaska, and rafted in the white water of Idaho.
She earned shodan (first degree black belt) in the martial art Aikido.
Though she prefers fiction, she has written articles
ranging from "Observation of a Psychic" for The Skeptical Inquirer to
"The Straining Your Eyes through the Viewscreen Blues" for Nebula Award
Stories 15 to "Virus Attack," which appeared in several computer newsletters.
She has twice been writer-in-residence at Clarion
West, the Seattle daughter of the original Clarion, Pennsylvania, writers
workshop. She was visiting novelist at Humboldt State College's Future
Fiction Hypercard interactive novel project. She has spoken at Rutgers
University, Antioch West, the University of Washington, the Harbourfront
International Author's Festival, and the Melbourne Writers Workshop. She
has given readings from Seattle to Brighton, England; Durango to Winnipeg.
She was a judge for the first James Tiptree, Jr., Memorial Award. She
recently travelled to Auckland as Guest of Honor of the New Zealand national
sf convention, and to Finland, as guest of Finncon '95, part of the Jyvaskyla
A card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties
Union, she also belongs to the Cousteau Society, the Space Studies Institute,
the Planetary Society, the Authors Guild, and the National Organization
for Women. Last Christmas, she "adopted" a pgymy marmoset for her sister,
an orca for her father, and an island in the Gulf of Mexico for her mother.
For more information on Vonda N. McIntyre, her books,
awards, career, and the "real story", an unofficial biography, vist her
site at: http://www.oz.net/~vonda/index.html