Joan Slonczewski: Biography
Born to a physicist, there is no wonder that Joan was immersed into science. Joan Slonczewski was born in Hyde Park but grew up in Katonah, New York. Her interest in science fetched her PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. With sound knowledge in the subject and with her educational background, Joan excels in both her careers - as a teacher and a science fiction writer.
Joan teaches both biology and science fiction courses. Taking sabbatical leaves at Princeton University and the University of Maryland, she teaches at Kenyon College. Joan is born with great intelligence. She is the only author to have won the John.W.Campbell Award twice for best science fiction for her novels, ‘The Highest Frontier’ and ‘A Door into Ocean’.
One can understand her strong understanding of genetics and ecological science from her 1987 novel, ‘A Door into Ocean’. Joan has attended many forums and she was the Hal Clement Science Speaker at the Boskone 48 convention during Feb 2011.
Being a Quaker herself, Joan encouraged Quakerism in many of her novels. One of her work, ’The Children Star’ was serialized in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, a magazine well known for science fiction. As a science scholar, Joan also uses her inventions in the novels. ‘Mitochondrial Singularity’ was a concept invented by Joan and she tried the concept in her novels ‘Brain Plague’ and ‘The Highest Frontier’.
Joan Slonczewski teamed up with John.W.Foster and co-authored the book, ‘Microbiology: An Evolving Science’. Joan, who is very sincere with her works, claims Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Robert.A.Heinlein and Ursula.k.Leguin to be her favourite authors.