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Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:22:49 AM
I was so sorry to hear of your car accident! I hope your recovery goes smoothly and well.
I wanted to write and let you know that The Summer Queen and The Snow Queen became unconscious inspirations of mine while I was in the process (still am writing) my own SF trilogy. I read them so long ago now, they've become what I call "Ur stories" to me - my brain has distilled elements from these books (and others, like Dune) that I've read over the years and have made appearances in one way or another in my own plots.
I *love* your personal section on your website. So much that you express about the process and where ideas come from and all that seem like they were plucked out of my mind.
Thank you so much for your stories!
Wednesday, August 03, 2016, 6:54:25 PM
SxS05W Very interesting subject , thanks for putting up. It is much easier to try one as hand at many things than to concentrate one as powers on one thing. by Quintilian.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016, 12:54:42 PM
I just reread your Cat Trilogy (probably my 4th time). I was as enthralled as the first time I read it. Thank you for your contribution to the art of writing and for what you continue to do.
If there is never another Cat novel, you have given us enough depth and love for your characters that they will live on in our imaginations. In mine, I am content to imagine Cat seeking out other hybrid Hydrans and human psions in the feeder tank cities of space and helping them.
I hope you are well...art is a process that cannot be rushed...thank you again for your creations.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 11:17:16 AM
Hi Joan D Vinge, love all of your books, was so sad to read about your accident and your long hiatus from writing.
I've become a bit of a nomad, and can't take your hardcover books with me, so I've been looking for digital copies of your online work. As far as I can find, your older works are not available to buy online.
Could you point me to where I could get your older series in digital form, if they exist as such? If they aren't available in as digital copies, it looks like there is a market for them! Looking through the guestbook, I'm not the only one that that would by the books in digital format!
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 12:58:24 AM
Please tell me more of Cat's story!
Saturday, April 02, 2016, 7:08:54 AM
Thank you for telling us stories of Tiamat and Heaven Belt (along with all of your other wonderful worlds) and, of course, happy birthday!
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1:28:49 PM
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Monday, December 07, 2015, 6:18:18 PM
I loved the CAT novels so much, I was inspired to write my own alien's story. Your "Alien Blood" is the one book I will never lend out from my book collection. I am interested in the blog mentioned a few times in your guestbook. Where can I find it?
Friday, October 16, 2015, 8:16:19 AM
6mecCW Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog.Really thank you! Awesome.
Sunday, October 11, 2015, 12:08:08 AM
#1 Blessings to you for health & happiness!
#2 May you never lose your love of writing!
#3 Ditto to just about everything everyone else wrote here.
#3 You are a miraculous writer, and I thank you for blessing my life with your mind, craft, & art. What a versatile writer you are!
#4 Is Cat waiting for you to finish his story?You've teased us with 3 novels worth of foreshadowing regarding that damned tattoo of Draco's logo on his, "uh, hip". I smell a mystery. ; )
Monday, September 21, 2015, 8:16:04 AM
I do not find your contact info anywhere. I am a producer in NYC and would like to speak with you about working with me on a new musical book for stage.
Please write me.
Monday, May 25, 2015, 1:31:03 PM
Martin J Sallberg
I have been thinking about the fact that in real life, progress towards more unified theories in physics stagnated as soon as peer review journals gained access to the tools to enforce their policy against redundant publication. Peter Higgs and Francois Englert published the same theory independently without being stopped.
In the last decades, the only progress have been in fine-tuning of preexisting theories and in increased technical application of the same theories. General theories makes many unique predictions, increasing the chances of some of them being cheaply testable. Fine-tuning of existing theories, on the other hand, makes much fewer predictions and increases the risk of them all being expensive to test. So if the stagnation was due to increased research costs (e.g. Pareto principle), it would have struck fine-tuning of existing theories even more severely than breakthrough generalized theories. Ergo, it cannot be costs but must be something else.
I think it is due part to arbitrary divisions into "fields" in academia preventing ideas and falsifications from spreading, and part due to peer review no redundant publication policies scaring people with theories into not expressing them. This has given me a plot idea that can be applied into science fiction: that the road to a theory of everything allowing modified space-time goes by using the no redundant publication policy against itself so it ceases to work.
The entire idea behind peer review, claiming humans to be unreliable yet relying on rules written by humans and controls enforced by humans, is self-defeating. It is like when Epemenedos said that all Creteans are lying, despite being Cretean himself (the origin of the "all that is written at this paper is a lie" paradox). Psychologists do the same self-defeating thing when they claim all humans to be unreliable despite being human themselves. This also applies to other types of "control", see 2 or more sections below. It does not, however, contradict evolution: while the existence of science requires the existence of science-capable beings today, it does not require the ancestors of science-capable beings to always have been science-capable. So evolution, including evolution of science-capable beings from ancestors that were not science-capable, is science. Psychology with it's claims of "cognitive bias" today, however, is not a science and by the Epemenedos principle can never become one.
This also means that cognitive bias theories can be used to deny anything that conspiracy theories can be used to deny, without technically being conspiracy theories. Just like cognitive bias theorists claim all humans to share cognitive biases behind common mythological elements, they may just as well use the same type of arguments to claim that all agreement on, say, the moon landings or the holocaust is also due to panhuman cognitive biases. They may say that all observations of things left on the moon by the astronauts is also made by humans or by human-made instruments. When it comes to genocides, the cognitive bias theorists may state that since the testimonies agree regardless of the ethnicity of the witnesses, it shows that they are all fully human and that their denial is therefore not a hate ideology at all (repeating common claims of panhuman biases not being malicious). They may explain away the number of people disappeared by claiming a panhuman glitch in mathematical ability.
Which brings us to the next level of cognitive bias theory, things that conspiracy theories cannot do. Obviously, any cognitive bias theory is a more efficient denial tool than the equivalent conspiracy theory: cognitive bias theories rely on "selfish genes" just being there and not having to conspire, eliminating leak risks. Then cognitive bias theories can be used to deny not only historical events but also obvious things that no conspiracy could fake, like 1+1=2 and things fall down not up. They can even say that the assumption that you would leave the Earth if things fell up is also a genetic delusion not objective fact. Summary: cognitive bias theory is incompatible with science and thus not scientific theories.
I have also thought about that if cavemen specifically punished individuals with more Homo sapiens characteristics and "excused" the others by "they cannot help" their actions, that would have bred against Homo sapiens characteristics so that modern humans would never have existed. That made me think about some scifi possibilities too: maybe space archaeologists discovering ruins of civilizations that destroyed themselves by psychologistic morality somewhat similar to today's Earth values breeding themselves into stupidity. Maybe the Fermi paradox being solved by all other proto-intelligent species thwarting their own evolution and humanity being extremely lucky to be so late in creating psychologistic morality. Maybe creation of intelligence-positive societies totally devoid of psychologistic morality, cultures in which the same action is never considered any worse just because it was conscious.
This must NOT be conflated with any kind of forcible eugenism against different behaviors. On the contrary, it is a rejection of the entire classification of certain behaviors/preferences as "sick". Obviously, since considering the same behavior to be cool in an insect or reptile yet "sick" in a person is "intelligent guilt" psychologistic morality, and the intelligence-positive view rejects all "intelligent guilt" morals.
The intelligence-positive view is appliceable without biologism too: forcing people to pretend stupidity is disastrous. It is possible to write stories wherein "justice" causes civilizations to self-destruct by forcing its members to "fake" lack of conscious choice. For maximum effect, they may be contrasted to other, intelligence-positive civilizations that faces peril yet survives precisely because they do not have "intelligent guilt" morality and thus do not force their members into malignering. Whether the civilizations are from different home worlds or instead offshoots of a single spacefaring civilization's colonization that diverged into different societies is not really important to the case.
I would like to hear your replies by email as to these ideas.
Saturday, May 02, 2015, 8:32:42 PM
Hope you're both feeling well and doing well. Lots going on at this end.
Monday, April 13, 2015, 6:59:00 PM
Love love love your work. If anyone ever asks me for a book suggestion, I always mention Cat's books!
Friday, March 20, 2015, 11:06:08 AM
The databand and incoming "smartwatch/iWatch" phenomenon made me think instantly of Cat's world, that I read as a teen. I read them again recently - still my favorite character of the many thousands of books I've read in my lifetime. I hold out hope that you will again write at least one more book about Cat!
Friday, March 20, 2015, 1:08:38 AM
You are amazing. Thank you so much for Catspaw. I first read it at age 13, and I've probably read it 20 x in the last 22 yrs I totally identified wth Cat, and when I've struggled with discrimination I've always turned to him. It's like you/he has been with me all these years. The Summer Queen is also a favorite , especially Reede and BZ. I would be so,happy to see more of either of the worlds from Cat cycle or Tiamat cycle! By the way- when are these two cycles in time/space relation to each other? I always wondered if Tiamat was thousands of years in the future compared to Cat. I hope your health continues to improve. I am also often bedridden from an accident 5 yrs ago, so I can appreciate how difficult it must be for you to keep working so hard. Namaste, Rick
Monday, February 16, 2015, 2:58:12 AM
Wishing you all the best.
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Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:25:44 PM
Where is this blog entry people are speaking of?
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:05:24 AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:32:49 AM
Thank you so much for your wonderful books; I am a better person for having read them. You are one of my very favorite SF writers, along with Ms. Tepper and Ms. Bujold. Wishing you good health and an extremely long career. Namaste.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 12:49:01 PM
I think you're an amazing author and I loved the Snow Queen, World's End and Summer Queen immensely, but my favorite character of all books and of all authors is still Cat. Please, please, please write him a fourth book! Best of luck in your life and health.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 1:02:48 AM
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Sunday, August 03, 2014, 11:28:23 PM
OP1bNw Enjoyed every bit of your blog article.Much thanks again. Really Great.
Friday, July 18, 2014, 9:36:27 PM
e0GgOa Very good blog.Thanks Again. Fantastic.
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 9:52:24 PM
I too am a huge fan of the Cat series. In fact I am just rereading it for the fifth time. I am so hoping you write some more books about cat and his adventures. Reading this book again now in the age of the internet I see even more how brilliant your writing was back then. Your ideas were so novel and ahead of the time. It is just incredible!
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 4:20:58 PM
Wishing you a highly wonderful birthday with spring crocus and snowdrops.
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:26:25 AM
Just finished 47 Ronin 30 mins ago. I am just in awe of how wonderful you write. Did you have to do a lot of research? I hope I to make my own story as great as yours.
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:56:39 PM
Loved 'snow queen'. Can we get that and book 2 up on the Kindle? They only have books 3 and 4.
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:18:48 PM
Really enjoying your novelization of 47 Ronin. You seemed to understand Kai so well is is spooky. We have been talking about your book at Whoaisnotme.net and I wondered how much you knew about Keanu before you started writing Kai?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1:33:39 PM
Hope you are doing well Joan. Since I was a teenager I have been a huge fan of Vernor's "Zones of Thought" books. I was 15 or so when i first read them and they really sparked my imagination, more than any other scifi ever had. Then recently I found an obscure post you had made back in 2008 where you spoke of having written Zones of Thought books before Vernor had published his! I was going to order "Heaven Chronicles" off of Amazon... but in that post you mentioned you were working on an updated edition, with a section at the end describing the 'Tru Story' of how the books came to be. Is this still in the works? I can't wait to read them!
Friday, January 17, 2014, 10:29:44 PM
I wanted you to know that your work is Amazing it truly is. I read a few Lines from your new Book 47 Ronin to my poor departed Pet Goldfish Mr. Fluffy Snuffleumpkins, who'd recently lost his long battle to a bout of restless leg syndrome and not only did it bring him back to life but he evolved and is now at this moment plotting to overthrow the Government. Thank you Ms. Vinge! All Hail Mr. Fluffy Snuffleumpkins, Grand Exalted Ruler!
Friday, December 13, 2013, 2:35:58 PM
So excited to see your 47 Ronin novel! I didn't realize you were writing a novel based on the movie that's coming out in a couple weeks.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:52:31 AM
Hope you will enjoy the holidays ! I am one fan of you Cat Series since the first book many years ago. Read all of them and I hope you can see in your heart to make a last book in this series because I think a lot of people would be extremely happy to see an end to this one... Please??? You are a great author.. thank you for your wonderful work...
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 1:05:38 AM
Your books on Cat have to be my favorite series ever. I especially loved Dreamfall. I hope everything finds you well, I remember reading your letter to readers about your health. I hope you found your place and your imagination for writing is still strong.
I admit as well to hoping you will write one last book about Cat to finish it off. The ending was so tragic and amazing. Just begging for a fourth book.
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2:17:45 PM
Thank you so much for all the reading enjoyment you have given me over the years. I've read both series several times, but my heart belongs to Cat. I hope you are well and thriving and will again write something continuing the Cat saga. I would dearly love to meet him again.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 12:14:25 PM
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Sunday, November 10, 2013, 9:27:29 AM
It's been about16 years since I first picked up catspaw in the used bookstore because I recognized Michael Whelan's artwork on the cover. I have never regretted it! Here's hoping there will eventually be another story about Cat!
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 1:51:14 AM
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Monday, August 19, 2013, 1:51:25 PM
I recently stumbled upon Catspaw, then found Dreamfall. I join those respectfully requesting one more Cat story. His story can't end just separated from his love and with so much life to sort out and live!
May you continue to heal and prosper for many years to come.
Friday, July 05, 2013, 10:49:56 PM
In point of fact, a gigasecond IS a chunk of time. Specifically a chunk that corresponds to about three decades.
Thursday, May 09, 2013, 6:15:16 AM
Love your work, but please - stop with the gigaseconds and whatnot! It really spoils the flow of the story when I have no idea what time spans you keep referring to. Humans chunk things together for a reason - gigaseconds are meaningless. Solar years, however non-metric they may be (and non-standard from planet to planet) are much easier to conceptualize. Maybe a society exists that could or would use those kinds of units (I doubt it but maybe) but your readers don't live in such a society. Sorry to gripe, I own everything you've ever written, but it drives me nuts every time I come across large expanses of time expressed in seconds. I've got to the place where I flat out ignore all time units which really detracts from the stories.
Thursday, May 02, 2013, 3:06:30 PM
Love your work! Thanks for all your efforts.
Now to be the pouty fan. Sorry.
Have you, or will you finish the Cat series? Ok, maybe you did, but it still feels like there is a piece missing. Sigh.
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5:54:48 PM
hi there! i absolutely love your books .... and various short stories! i was lucky enough to meet you in seattle, about 20 years (give or take!), at a clarion west sponsored author reading! you were very gracious and friendly in person! neat! i hope that you will be writing more short stories and novels in years to come! i must say that your "cat" novels are among my favorites! =-0)
Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:23:10 PM
Ms. Vinge, your books continue to capture new readers. My sister found my copy of The Snow Queen and has become a Vinge-fanatic! We're both in our 50's (chronologically, not so much in other ways!) and we adore your books. Thanks for taking us to exotic worlds. :)
Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 1:54:29 PM
At the risk of sounding creepy, I think I fell in love with Cat. His story and your books are what made me want to be a writer. I strive to build characters as complex and full and yours. Thank you so much for sharing your stories.
Monday, March 04, 2013, 9:27:21 PM
Thank you for the wonderful worlds!
Friday, March 01, 2013, 1:22:42 PM
Dear Ms. Vinge,
i'm pleased to find this page.
I hope you are well.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 8:11:12 PM
I just love the Snow Queen and Summer Queen. I first read the Snow Queen when it came out and never realized there was a sequel until just a few years ago. Unfortunately both books seem to be out of print - a tragedy! I was able to pick up a used copy of Summer Queen but would love to get an epub version of both for my Nook. I'm hoping these books get released again - they are just brilliant.
Monday, January 14, 2013, 1:47:30 AM
I found a battered copy of Catspaw in a library discard box as a 14 year old in 1994. I've been a huge fan of yours ever since. You and your work mad a big impact on me. When I teach Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 101) "The Snow Queen" is always assigned reading at the start of the term to jump start in class conversation about different cultures. The revamped website looks great.
Saturday, January 05, 2013, 9:46:17 PM
Ms. Vinge, I am a great admirer of your work and have been since I found your book The Snow Queen in my father's stash of sci-fi novels, way back in the Golden 1990's. Your website is so personal and friendly, yet so gently informative. You inspired me to start writing and continue to write. Thank you for all of the amazing adventures you've taken me on. You kept me dreaming! Please continue to weave your magic.
Friday, December 28, 2012, 1:06:41 PM
I hope you are having a joyous holiday. Thank you for all the joy you have brought me through your writing. I've read the Cat novels so often, I keep wearing them out.
Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:04:16 AM
What a lovely, personal site. Thank you for putting this together. Your writing has meant much to me since I first discovered it in the 1980's.
Friday, December 14, 2012, 4:58:15 PM
Love the look of the new website! I was excited to learn you had done the novelization of Cowboys & Aliens; I hope this means you're writing again. Like Josselin and Emily, I'm a huge Cat fan and would be ecstatic if he had a fourth adventure for us to share with him. Happy holidays and be well.
Monday, December 10, 2012, 5:15:23 PM
Dear Ms Vinge, I hope this comment will find you well. It's been a long time since I have visited your website. I must admit that I'm positively surprised.
Like Emily, I hope you will enjoy us with a new story of Cat very soon (I've read dreamfall in one day, in 1998).
Friday, December 07, 2012, 7:08:18 PM
I have always been a fan of your work since i qas 14 and I look forwaed to the day that I magically find a new Cat novel at the bookstore like I found Dreamfall one fantastic day when I wasn't meaning too. Thank you for the adventures.
Friday, November 16, 2012, 3:33:03 AM
Love the new look. Can't wait to see it when everything's live!
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