Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including one for each of his last three novels, A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and Rainbow's End (2006). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his science fiction, he became an iconic figure among cybernetic scientists with the publication in 1981 of his novella "True Names," which is considered a seminal, visionary work of Internet fiction. His many books also include Marooned in Realtime and The Peace War.
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, Vinge is the son of geographers. Fascinated by science and particularly computers from an early age, he has a Ph.D. in computer science, and taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University for thirty years. He has gained a great deal of attention both here and abroad for his theory of the coming machine intelligence Singularity. Sought widely as a speaker to both business and scientific groups, he lives in San Diego, California.
Vernor Vinge is definatly among the very best sci-fi writers. This book is very good. Some of his other work such as "A deepness in the sky" are truely outstandingPublished 10 months ago by Bark
Neither the characters nor the setting intrigued me. Now, Vinge is one of my favorite authors, and I usually love hist stuff But every one misses occasionally, and this is Vinge's... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Voracious Reader
Some cool ideas, but poorly executed. Lost interest 1/3 of the way through. If you are expecting anything remotely on the level of A Fire Upon the Deep or A Deepness in the Sky,... Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by David P. Smith
I enjoyed the story as it unfolded. It was nothing really special but it was still enjoyable. No heavy tech and such and definitely not a space opera. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Michael Poore
An early and somewhat atypical Vinge novel. Most of Vinge's novels are built around a major gee-whiz technological idea. Plot, character development, etc. Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by R. Albin
This early set of works from Vinge, are at times quite interesting; but, the ending fails to truly satisfy the buildup. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Stewart Teaze - Safe AI developer/Global Warming Debunker-don't believe the commie agenda
Interesting expansion of a short story into a full length novel set in the alternate reality of outer space.Published on June 9, 2009 by Pitts98
Vinge tells the story of a girl that is born in an aboriginal culture that is very low tech. An opportunity arises for her to enter the society of a floating city and become more... Read morePublished on August 31, 2007 by Blue Tyson