Vonda McIntyre, 1948-2019. (SFWA Photo)
Vonda N. McIntyre, a leader of Seattle’s science-fiction community who made her mark with “Star Trek” novels as well as the Clarion West Writers Workshop, has passed away at the age of 70.
McIntyre was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer eight weeks ago — but she managed to complete her final novel, titled “Curve of the World,” less than two weeks before her death at home in Seattle on April 1.
“Be ready for a great read in a while!” her neighbor and friend Jane Hawkins reported in a posting to McIntyre’s journal on the CaringBridge website.
The Kentucky native moved to Seattle with her family in the 1960s, and earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Washington in 1970. In that same year, the young writer attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in State College, Pa. She was so impressed that she started up Clarion West in Seattle in 1971 while she was studying genetics in graduate school. That incarnation of the workshop lasted three years, but it was revived in Seattle by different organizers in the 1980s.
McIntyre won her first Nebula Award in 1973 for the novelette “Of Mist, and Grass, ...