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Vonda Neel McIntyre (born 28 August 1948; age 68) is the author of several Star Trek novels and novelizations. These include The Entropy Effect, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
McIntyre was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved around a lot in her childhood, including living abroad in the Netherlands. Her family eventually moved to Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington. She also attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in 1970, which she was a founder member of. She still lives in Seattle.
McIntyre has also written many non-Star Trek science fiction novels and has won Nebula Awards and a Hugo Award. It was McIntyre who came up with Sulu's first name, "Hikaru" in The Entropy Effect, which was made canon by Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ten years after the release of the novel. She has also written Star Wars tie-ins.