V.E. (Vicki) Mitchell has been writing for as long as she can rememberómostly, but not entirely, in the field of science fiction. In 1986, she won the national Amazing Stories Calendar Story Contest and sold a short story to a mainstream anthology. (This story was later cut when the book ran too long.) In 1987 one of her stories appeared in the legendary The Moscow Moffia Presents Rat Tales anthology. She sold a different "Rats" story to Pulphouse Publishing for their own Rat Tales anthology (1994). Her first novel, Enemy Unseen (a Star Trek novel from Pocket Books), appeared in 1990 and spent three weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. It has also appeared in British and German versions. Her second book, Imbalance (a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel) came out from Pocket Books in June 1992. Her third Star Trek book, Windows On a Lost World, was published in June 1993, and has also appeared in an audio tape version read by Walter Koenig and in Japanese translation. All three of these books are still available in e-book versions.
Her fourth Star Trek book, Atlantis Station, was a young adult novel set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation "Academy" series; it reached the bookstores in August 1994. Her second young adult book was The Tale of the Bad-Tempered Ghost, an Are You Afraid Of The Dark? story, which appeared in September 1997. Her third young adult novel, Pool Party Panic, a The Secret World Of Alex Mack story, appeared in June 1998. Her novella "Against the Night" was published in two parts in Amazing Stories (May and June 1992), and her short story "Ekaterin" appeared in the second issue of Lesbian Short Fiction: LSF (October 1996).
Meanwhile Vicki was pursuing her education and a career in geology. She has four college degrees, including a Master's in Geology and an MBA, and is currently working on her fifth, a PhD in Environmental Science. She works as a geologist and mine historian for the Idaho Geological Survey. In October 2006 her mine histories won the Esto Perpetua Award for lifetime contributions to Idaho history.
Vicki is well known to science fiction fans, especially in the Pacific Northwest. She has been Author Guest of Honor at a number of conventions, but her involvement with fandom began much earlier. She joined PESFA (the Palouse Empire Science Fiction Association) in 1977 and soon became one of the core members of the group. She was one of the founding members of MosCon, the innovative science fiction convention of Moscow, Idaho, as well as the workshop Writer's Bloc and the Moscow Moffia Writers' Program. A gifted costumer, she has won prizes for her costumes at many Northwest conventions..
Vicki continues to work on novels, short stories, numerous mine histories for the Idaho Geological Survey, and her Ph.D. dissertation on the history of the Bunker Hill Mine. She is owned by her two pound puppies, Shilo and Tuuli, who are making guest appearances in her current novel.
Vicki and absent friends Mica (1988-1997) and Honey (1977-1991)