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Pamela Sargent ’69, MA ’72, has had her science fiction novel Earthseed (Harper & Row, 1983; Tor, 2007) optioned by Paramount. (It also will be released in trade paperback in March 2012.) Melissa Rosenberg, executive producer of Showtime’s Dexter and scriptwriter for the Twilight movies, is attached to write the script and produce the movie. Sargent says Adam Goodman, president of Paramount Pictures, has been a fan of Earthseed for years.
“I began writing in college. I majored in philosophy largely because I didn’t know what I wanted to do but thought that studying philosophy might at least teach me how to think. I never took a creative writing course, being too fearful to subject my work to the judgment of professors and classmates. I might never have followed through on my ambition to write if not for my classmate, George Zebrowski. (Here are Sargent and Zebrowski in a Binghamton classroom in 1967.) "George also became a writer and eventually received his degree in 1995. He remains my life partner."
“Our good friend Jack Dann ’69, also a writer, whom I met in an astronomy course, encouraged me in the early days. What we three had was a kind of ongoing informal workshop and support group, with both morale building and sometimes merciless but necessary criticism. I managed to sell a couple of stories before graduation.” Zebrowski, left, Dann and Sargent were honored by the Binghamton chapter of the Women’s National Book Association in 1985.
Sargent has written dozens of books and short stories. Here she is working in her home office in the late 1980s.
This caricature of Sargent, drawn by Ellyn Rabinowitz ’70, was used in the jacket flap of Sargent’s novel, The Alien Upstairs (Doubleday, 1983). Ten years later, Sargent ventured beyond science fiction with her 1993 historical novel, Ruler of the Sky, the story of Genghis Khan, told largely from the points of view of the women in his life.
This photo of Sargent and Zebrowski was taken in Barcelona, Spain, in 1994 while Sargent was on tour promoting the Spanish edition of Ruler of the Sky.
“When not writing, I work for a nonprofit public policy group in Albany with offices across the street from the building where Herman Melville, that great and long-neglected American writer, went to school. Somehow that seems appropriate.” Visit Sargent's website at http://www.pamelasargent.com