The Snow Queen
by Joan D. Vinge (1980)
The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. Their only chance at surviving the change is if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow
Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space. Interstellar politics, a millennia-long secret conspiracy, and a civilization whose hidden machineries might still control the fate of worlds all.
It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1981, and was also nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1981.
This book is significant not because of it’s story or that I can remember it. It’s the first book on my reading list. I completed in in January 1990, 27 years ago. I did have a reading list during school, but somewhere along the line it got lost. But in 1990 I decided to maintain a list of everything I read. That list (on goodreads) now has 1,550 titles. And this is the one I always see when sorting the list in ascending order.