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Kathleen Ann Goonan
Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer, critic, and, presently, a Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Creative Writing and Literature. Her 2007 novel IN WAR TIMES won the prestigious Campbell Award for Best Novel of 2007. Her first novel, QUEEN CITY JAZZ, was a New... show more



Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer, critic, and, presently, a Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Creative Writing and Literature. Her 2007 novel IN WAR TIMES won the prestigious Campbell Award for Best Novel of 2007. Her first novel, QUEEN CITY JAZZ, was a New York Times Notable Book and a British Science Fiction Award finalist, and her second, THE BONES OF TIME, was an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist. CRESCENT CITY RHAPSODY and LIGHT MUSIC were Nebula Award finalists. Well-known for her Nanotech Quartet, Goonan's speaking engagements include appearances at Utopiales in Nantes, Kosmopolis in Barcelona, and at many universities. She has published over forty short stories, some of which are collected in ANGELS AND YOU DOGS, which will be released from PS Publishing in the fall of 2011. She has this to say about THIS SHARED DREAM:THIS SHARED DREAM evolved, as do most of my novels, from a variety of currents and influences. Chief among these were Eric Kandel’s IN SEARCH OF MEMORY. Kandel, a Nobel laureate, has done extensive research on the biological roots and pathways of memory—how it is created, how it is stored, and how it re-emerges in certain conditions. In his book, his memories of his family’s flight from Vienna following Krystallnacht in 1938 are interspersed with his growing appreciation of the mysteries of memory. But THIS SHARED DREAM is in the main a family saga about lost and unevenly distributed information, and about how differing memories among siblings create their present. It is also about retrieving lost memories, lost parts of the self, and re-integrating them into one’s present being.It is about the nature of time and consciousness, and identity. It is about music, communication, and the potential of children when they have a science-based educational environment that meshes with and enhances their natural developmental.Mostly, though, it is about the tenacity of love, and the power of love to heal. Kathleen Ann Goonan can be reached for interviews via kathleen@goonan.com, www.goonan.com, and www.goonan.com/blog. This Shared Dream website is www.thisshareddream.com

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Birth date: May 14, 1952
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Burgoo
Burgoo rated it 3 years ago
Great contemporary writers on an important topic. Go read it already.
Readings and Ramblings
Readings and Ramblings rated it 9 years ago
This is a clever novel. For a good long time it reads like an historical novel set in World War II, but it seems to gradually morph into a novel of alternate time lines. Note that I said "seems to." After reading for some time one realizes that it has been a novel of alternate time lines all along a...
cindywho
cindywho rated it 11 years ago
This one got off to a good start - I was ready to learn about this new world transformed and decimated by nanotech, but once Verity made it to the city, she just kept meandering around and it never got as interesting again.
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