Joan D. Vinge is the author of the Hugo Award-winning novel The Snow Queen, as well as the The Summer Queen, Psion, and several other science fiction novels. Her summer 1996 hardcover, Dreamfall, is a new novel about the character Cat. Vinge received a degree in anthropology (with highest honors) from San Diego State University. The study of that subject has been very useful to her in writing science fiction, Vinge says; both offer fresh viewpoints for looking at "human" behavior. Her novelette "Eyes of Amber" won the Hugo Award as well, and she has been a finalist for several other Hugo and Nebula awards. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.