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Vonda N McIntyre died this morning. When we signed the contract in January to republish her first novel, she didn't know she was ill. When she told us her diagnosis, we wanted to make sure she would see the cover, and would try to have The Exile Waiting republished in time. 1/
@JaneCornwell10 immediately got going on the cover art that we'd commissioned, and @unamccormack managed to reorganise her schedule to be able to send us the 7000 word introduction by the summer. I shoved books around to make room in our schedule too. 2/
Vonda did see the cover, and really liked it, but she won't see her first book back in print. It'll be out on 21 October, and will be launched at #FantasyCon in Glasgow. She was a visionary #sciencefiction writer, and won the big prizes with Exile's sequel, Dreamsnake. 3/
Vonda was one of the small number of successful women sf authors from the 1970s, who brought heart and emotional intelligence to space opera and post-apocalyptic dystopias. Feminism was primary in her writing, as was embracing queerness, disability, and the rights of the body. 4/
I only had a few email conversations with her, but we agreed how The Exile Waiting will go into production, and I know how she wants the editing to go. It's a tremendous novel, and I am so sorry I didn't ask her about republication a year earlier.
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