One of the earliest successful graduates of the Clarion SF Writer’s Workshop (1970), Vonda Neel McIntyre is an explicit feminist SF and fantasy writer who, before becoming a full-time writer, was a riding instructor, keypunch operator, and writing instructor. She has also been a conference coordinator/organizer (including a Clarion SF Writing Worksho), served as writer in residence at Clarion West (in 1984 and 1990), been a visiting novelist at Humboldt State University, worked for a Summer Arts program at California State University, spent a fellowship year (1994) at a screenwriting workshop in Hollywood, and given readings and talks at numerous places on a variety of subjects including genetic engineering, the women’s movement, and the claims of psychics.
First SF publication: “Breaking Point” in Venture (February, 1970); First novel: The Exile Waiting (Doubleday, 1975); First collection: Fireflood and Other Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 1979).
- 1974 Best Short Story Hugo
- 1974 Best Novelette Hugo
- 1978 Best Novella Hugo
- 1979 Best Novel Hugo <winner> for Dreamsnake
- 1980 Best Novelette Hugo
Other Honors/Awards: Nebula (Novelette) for “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” in 1973; Nebula (Novel) for Dreamsnake, 1978; 1979; Nebula (Novel) for The Moon and the Sun,1997.
McIntyre has also edited (with Susan Janice Anderson) a collection, Aurora: Beyond Equality (1976), and an anthology of humanist fiction. In addition, she has authored several movie novelizations and “Star Trek” novels (1981-1986); published a YA novel, Barbary (1986); and written The Crystal Star (1994), a “Star Wars” book. Her “Starfarers” series, with another female protagonist (a black physicist from Earth), has resulted in four additional titles: Starfarers (1989), Transition (1990), Metaphase (1992), and Nautilus (1994). She edited Nebula Awards Showcase 2004.
Her The Moon and the Sun (1997) introduced her fans to a sea monster in the court of Louis XIV.
- 1977 — Monoclave
- 1981 — V-Con 9
- 1985 — Ad Astra V
- 1986 — Rustycon 3
- 1988 — Loscon Fifteen
- 1989 — MisCon 4
- 1990 — Westercon 43
- 1994 — Lunacon 37
- 1995 — New Zealand NatCon 16, Finncon 1995, InConJunction XV
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