The Snow Queen - Snow Queen, Bk 1 Author:Joan D. Vinge Out of print since 1986, Joan Vinge's novel is back to tell the tale of the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen and her wish to control Tiamat forever. But her rule is quickly coming to an end unless she can find a young mystic named Moon -- the Snow Queen's clone.
On the watery planet Tiamat, a variety of self-interested cultures inhabit its decadent city Carbuncle. Thoughtful characters struggle internally and with each other. There is no warfare but there is plenty of adventure. Themes of traditional stories are interwoven with sci fi and contemporary elements to create a colorful tale for grown-ups. Joan D. Vinge's creation is marvelously complex and fluidly rendered.