Sydney J. Van Scyoc was born in southern Indiana, and given the name Sydney Joyce Brown. Even though her (yes, she is a woman) first name was Sydney, her family and friends called her Joyce. When she started writing science fiction in the late fifties, she used her first name to help break into the science fiction market which was dominated by male writers at the time.
Her first published short story was "Shatter the Wall," which was published in Galaxy Magazine in February, 1962. Other short stories were published (in English and several foreign languages) between 1962 and 1985, when she started concentrating on novels.
Her first published novel was Saltflower which was published by Avon Books in 1971. A number of other novels were published between 1971 and 1991. Like her short stories, a number were translated into foreign languages. Her last published novel was Deepwater Dreams, which like her first was published by Avon Books.
She gave up the writing business for the craft show business in the '90's. After a decade of designing and making jewelry to sell at art and wine festivals, science fiction conventions and shopping center craft shows, she has retired from that business, and has once again done some writing. She has had two stories published in the last year, both appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. (See her story bibliograpy for these recent stories.)
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