“View From a Height” by Joan D. Vinge: An Appreciation by Aimee C. Amodio
Some of my “friends” in high school mocked me mercilessly for reading Joan D. Vinge’s THE SNOW QUEEN on the bus. I tried to argue that it was an award winning novel, but they decided it was some sort of bad thing to read science fiction in public.
Lucky for me, I liked reading science fiction and fantasy more than I liked my friends.
If I had read “View From a Height” in those days, I would have felt a sort of kinship with Emmylou on her long, lonely journey. But I appreciate JDV for so much more than her writing. I appreciate that her story was stronger than the teasing. And every time someone asks me why I don’t write about “real” things, I remember sitting on that bus, burning with embarrassment. Alone but not alone.
Loneliness. Paranoia. Ah, the familiar companions of the socially outcast.
“View From a Height” gives hope. The clouds part, the view is great, and life isn’t so bad after all.
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