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Joan Slonczewski

Joan Slonczewski, the Hal Clement Science Speaker for Boskone in 2011, researches bacteria in extreme environments and writes award-winning SF about future medicine, revolutions, and alien sexualities. In her latest book, The Highest Frontier (Tor, September 2011) a Kennedy daughter goes to college on an orbital space habitat protected from alien invasion by Homeworld Security. Slonczewski’s Campbell-award winning classic, A Door into Ocean (Tor Books) creates a world covered entirely by ocean, inhabited by an all-female race of humans who use genetic engineering to defend their unique ecosystem. Brain Plague (Tor, Arc Manor) shows intelligent alien microbes that enhance human brain power--at a price. The genesis of these unique addictive microbes is depicted in The Children Star (Tor, Arc Manor), a "creature feature" great for families. Slonczewski teaches biology, including the notorious Biology in Science Fiction course, at Kenyon College.

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Home Page: http://biology.kenyon.edu/slonc/slonc.htm
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