(? - ) US singer-songwriter and author, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Not Dying in Central Texas" in Pulp Literature for Spring 2012. She initially published only in shorter forms, though prolifically, with nearly 50 stories released by 2019. "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss" (1-8 July 2013 Strange Horizons) won a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. She may be best known for "Our Lady of the Open Road" (June 2015 Asimov's), which won a 2016 Nebula for best novelette. It is a tale which clearly adapts some of her hands-on understanding of the music business to a Near Future world where the immersive absorption of listeners in music online – already endemic in the real world, in this case via a Virtual Reality product called StageHolo – has radically diminished the audience for live performances.
This tale, along with a dozen others, has been assembled in Pinsker's first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea (coll 2019), whose title story (February 2016 Lightspeed) also focuses on the stressed life of a performer; among the other longer stories included, "Wind Will Rove" (September/October 2017 Asimov's), is set on a Generation Starship whose records of its inhabitants' cultural heritage has been wiped (see Amnesia). The inventiveness of the collection as a whole is remarkable, as well as the highly professional level of the writing. A novel (due 2019) may prove these skills in a larger frame. [JC]
born New York.
collections and stories