Born 1948, Louisville, KY. As a child, lived in several east coast states (USA) and Den Haag (Netherlands). Family settled in the Seattle, Washington, area in the early 1960s and declined corporate offers to be moved around some more.
Education: B.S. (hon), University of Washington, 1970. Clarion Writers Workshop, Clarion, PA, 1970. Graduate school, genetics, UW, 1970-1971. Discovered that as a research scientist she made a very good SF writer.
Writing: Received her first rejection slip at 14, not for prose but for a Fantastic Four comic book script. First short story sale: Summer, 1969, age 20. This was the second short story she sent out. Her first story went out 27 times before finding a home, a magazine whose editor emigrated to New Zealand and vanished, along with the magazine.
Joseph Elder, who gently rejected her first story, subsequently bought her first novel, The Exile Waiting, for Fawcett Gold Medal (1975). Fawcett also published the anthology she edited with Susan Janice Anderson. Aurora, Beyond Equality, was a humanist sf anthology, possibly somewhat ahead of its time. It included “Houston, Houston, Do You Read?” by James Tiptree, Jr., which won the Nebula Award.
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