Author Vonda Neel McIntyre, best-known to Trek fans for her Trek novels, has died at the age of seventy of pancreatic cancer.
The death was announced on her CaringBridge webpage yesterday by Jeanne Gomoll. “Vonda N. McIntyre died at 6:25 pm, Pacific Time, in no pain and surrounded by friends. The funeral home has collected her body which will be cremated. Vonda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on February 7; her death came swiftly, just short of two months later. Vonda’s posse and local friends will get together for a brief gathering within the next couple days. A reception that is open to the public will be scheduled within about a month and will be announced here on CaringBridge as soon as the details are known. Good-bye, Vonda.”
Born in 1948 in Louisville, Kentucky, McIntyre’s family eventually moved to Seattle where she eventually attended the University of Washington in 1970. She studied genetics in the University of Washington‘s graduate school.
In 1971, she helped found the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle.
McIntyre won her first Nebula Award in 1974 for 1973’s novelette Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand. This novelette later became part of the novel Dreamsnake (1978), which won 1979’s Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Star Trek fans knew her for her Trek novels, including Enterprise: The First Adventure, The Entropy Effect; Duty, Honor, Redemption, and the novelizations of Star Trek II through IV. Hikaru Sulu owed his first name to McIntyre and that first name became official in Star Trek VI.
Source: Locus Magazine