Oh, no! Not another treasure of SF lost to the world! I only just heard about this yesterday on Twitter. Vonda McIntyre, multi-award-winning SF author, has died of pancreatic cancer, the same illness that took my father back in 2009. Dad had a few months to finish things, including a floor to ceiling book case for me. Vonda had much less time, but finished her last novel.
I’ll be honest: I’ve only read a small part of her enormous output, and most of it was Star Trek, but I have rediscovered her in recent years through the writer co-op Bookview Cafe, when my friend Gillian Polack found a new home for her novel The Wizardry Of Jewish Women, after Satalyte Publishing suddenly closed down.
Did you know she founded Clarion West, the SF and fantasy writer’s workshop that has been going for many years and spread to Australia? I didn’t, though I do now.
She wrote both Star Trek and Star Wars fiction, including three Trek movie novelisations and a Trek novel called The Entropy Effect. Did you know that it was this novel that first gave Sulu a given name, Hikaru, which was later accepted as the canon name for the character? I did, actually!
She even wrote a series of books, Starfarers, based on an idea she had at a convention while on her umpteenth panel that was being negative about TV series. I’ll let you read her post about this on the Bookview Cafe website - it is great fun and I would watch this TV series like a shot if it existed! I’ll certainly be reading the books if I can get hold of them.
Meanwhile, hail and farewell, Vonda! You will be much missed.