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Vernor Vinge


(Vernor Steffen Vinge)
USA (1944 - )

Vernor Vinge's two most important books are the two large screen space operas he wrote in the 1990s--A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky; the second is a loose prequel to the former, so that we know all the way through of the eventual fate of the trickster protagonist. Both are dominated by big concepts--the idea that certain technologies are only possible on the fringes of the galaxy and that the further in you go, the harder it is to think at all, let alone construct artificial intelligences; Vinge's is not a friendly universe, though some of his aliens are as likable as it is possible to be when really strange and Other. A Fire across the Deep has its action--a resurgent AI blight threatens all life--commented on by a galaxy-wide e-conference, while A Deepness in the Sky's planet-bound arachnid aliens are in some ways more like modern humans than the Earth-descended humans spying on them from space. Of his earlier novels, Marooned in Realtime is an effective murder mystery in which the victim was abandoned to live and die alone on a deserted Earth while her companions jumped further and further forward within a stasis field.
 
Non fiction
True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier
 
Anthologies containing stories by Vernor Vinge
Analog 6Future Earths : Under African SkiesThe Ascent of WonderVisions of Wonder
The Good New StuffExplorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
 
Short stories
Apartness (1965)
Bookworm, Run! (1966)
Long Shot (1972)
True Names [short story] (1981)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
The Peace War (part 1 of 4) (1984)
The Peace War (part 3 of 4) (1984)
The Peace War (part 4 of 4) (1984)
The Barbarian Princess (1986)Hugo (nominee)
The Blabber (1988)


Awards
Hugo nominee (1982) : True Names [short story]
Nebula nominee (1982) : True Names [short story]
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1985) : The Peace War
Prometheus Award Best Novel winner (1985) : The Peace War
Hugo nominee (1987) : The Barbarian Princess
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1987) : Marooned in Realtime
Prometheus Award Best Novel winner (1987) : Marooned in Realtime
Hugo Best Novel winner (1993) : A Fire upon the Deep
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1993) : A Fire upon the Deep
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1993) : A Fire upon the Deep
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1999) : A Deepness in the Sky
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Novel nominee (2000) : A Deepness in the Sky
Hugo Best Novel winner (2000) : A Deepness in the Sky
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel winner (2000) : A Deepness in the Sky
Nebula Best Novel nominee (2000) : A Deepness in the Sky
Prometheus Award Best Novel winner (2000) : A Deepness in the Sky
Hugo Best Novel winner (2007) : Rainbows End
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : Rainbows End


Vernor Vinge recommends
Camelot 30K
Camelot 30K (1993)
Robert L Forward
"Spectacular from beginning to end."
The Cassini Division
The Cassini Division (1997)
(Fall Revolution, book 3)
Ken MacLeod
"A brilliant novel of ideas."



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