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Joan D. Vinge
April 2, 1948 -
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

Besides, wouldn't it be wonderful if no one ever had to worry about the random cruelty of fatal illness or the woes of old age attacking them or their loved ones?


I was thinking about what I wanted to write next, after my first novel, and had decided that I wanted to write a story with a lot of strong female characters in it.


Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own human ancestors established.


I wanted to show those characters 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.


Perhaps the thing that makes humans truly unique on Earth is that we are never satisfied with our situation; maybe that is what's taken us so far.


And so The Snow Queen also became a story about the need to seek equilibrium, in our own lives, with the natural world, even within the universe at large.


We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance... And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.


The contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time.


Studying anthropology, I developed a kind of holistic view of human existence, in which the dichotomies you listed are all necessary and vital aspects of life.


What does immortality mean to me? That we all want more time; and we want it to be quality time.


Everything born has to die, in order to make room for the future.


The mers were also designed to reproduce only at long intervals, in order to maintain the natural balance of the environment in which they were placed.


Myth is, after all, the neverending story.


Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.


The ecosystem of our world is a closed system: it would run out of gas, collapse of its own weight.


For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever.


As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones.


There's no such thing as a free lunch, at least on the karmic level.


Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious.


Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.


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