Stamey, Sara (Lucinda) 1953-
STAMEY, Sara (Lucinda) 1953-
PERSONAL: Born January 23, 1953, in Bellingham, WA; daughter of H. Neil (a machinist) and Helen (a nurse; maiden name, Weihe) Stamey; married Jesse Berst, February, 1976 (divorced, 1979). Education: Attended University of Puget Sound, 1971-73; Western Washington University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1981, graduate study, beginning 1988. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, bicycling, tennis, playing classical piano.
ADDRESSES: Home and office—324 North State St., No. 1, Bellingham, WA 98225. Agent—Merilee Heifetz, Writer's House, 21 West 26th St., New York, NY 10010.
CAREER: Nuclear reactor control operator in Hanford, WA, and San Onofre, CA, 1974-78; scuba diving instructor in the Mediterranean, the Virgin Islands, and Honduras, 1982-87; writer, beginning 1987. Teacher of English composition.
MEMBER: Science Fiction Writers of America, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference.
Win, Lose, Draw (science fiction novel), Berkley Publishing (New York, NY), 1988.
Double Blind (science fiction novel), Berkley Publishing (New York, NY), 1989.
(Editor) Bruce Barbour, In Our Wildest Dream: An Environmental and Spiritual Adventure, Xlibris (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.
Islands (novel), Xlibris (Philadelphia, PA), 2001, revised edition, Tarragon Books (Bellingham, WA), 2003.
SIDELIGHTS: Sara Stamey once told CA: "My work with nuclear engineers and other scientists stimulated my latent interest in writing science fiction. My travels to teach scuba diving have provided the inspiration for stories and research on such diverse topics as Mayan history, the Vaudun, geology, and lasers.
"My books generally reflect an interest in balance—balancing an active lifestyle with intellectual interests, balancing demands of heart and mind, and balancing technological advance with quality of life. My 'Ruth' science fiction series transforms into fictional conflicts such experiences as my work in the exciting but daunting nuclear industry, my concern about the logging of old-growth timber in the Northwest, and the magic of diving on the beautiful, fragile coral reefs of the Caribbean."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Locus, May, 2003, Edward Bryant, review of Islands, pp. 25, 58.*