Joan D. Vinge — American Author born on April 02, 1948,

Joan D. Vinge is an American science fiction author. She is known for such works as her Hugo Award-winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels, her series about the telepath named Cat, and her Heaven's Chronicles books... (wikipedia)

We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance... And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.
The contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time.
Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own human ancestors established.
What I do not want to write is didactic political tracts.
Humans may be the only creatures on Earth who spend significant time thinking about the fact that someday their lives will end.