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Tatja Grimm's World Paperback – January 24, 2006
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About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Tatja Grimm's World lacks the science ideas so unique to those novels: it is fantasy, not science fiction. This book combines two novellas Vinge wrote in the 60s, with a prequel written in the 80s; they fit seamlessly together into a very readable, interesting novel. The book centers on the titled character, a possible alien stranded on a world with almost no metals, and an island-based society. Is Tatja an android, or a future being stranded in the past? Maybe she's simply an evolutionary jump in the existing people, or perhaps she's another life-form altogether. The mystery about her past is combined with an ambiguity about her intentions. Is she evil or good, or is she beyond either in terms the islanders (and possibly we) can understand? The mystery and tension that builds up about Tatja is the key to the novel. Other than her, the stories are fairly pedestrian. Vinge doesn't do much with the lack of metals on the world, but does serve up a couple neat ideas (in the newer prequel) about the island-based societies.
Vinge makes the novel work based almost completely on Tatja Grimm's characterization. Even so, the novel feels incomplete. Vinge leaves a teaser that another story was (is?Read more ›
I disagree, however, with those reviews that claim this is a "fantasy" novel, or even with those that don't see it as hard sci fi. It has a fantasy feel, perhaps, in that the setting is a pre-technological (actually prototechnological) culture, where the fighting occurs with blades and gunpowder, rather than lasers and cyberwarfare. But it is true science fiction, in the sense that it takes a single premise -- how would human society and technology develop on a metal-poor planet? -- and weaves an interesting story within those constraints. It even qualifies as "hard" sci fi, in the sense that everything that happens is constrained by known and plausible physics, although it certainly doesn't have the high tech or space opera backdrop that that label usually suggests. I don't mean to be overly hung up on such labels, but it's important to know what sort of book you're ordering, and this one is harder than most to categorize.
The novel itself is entertaining throughout, but fairly uneven. The latter two thirds of the book were written and published separately in the late 60s, and are a straightforward action story of the heroine's quest to surpass the limitations of her metal-poor world. The first third was written nearly twenty years later, to provide some depth and character development for this title character, as she scales the scientific and political ladder of her homeworld. This first section greatly improves the book, and shows how much Vinge developed as an author between the 60s and the 80s. It is more character-driven than action-driven, and is a lot of fun.Read more ›
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Vernor Vinge's _Tatja Grimm"s World_ (1987) is a fixup novel consisting of an earlier novel, _Grimm's World_, from 1969 and a prequel written some twenty years later, "The... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Paul Camp
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 17 months ago by Mark
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 on October 31, 2013 by Voracious Reader
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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