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Tatja Grimm's World Paperback – January 24, 2006
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“A masterful novel. Breathtaking, one of the premier science fiction novels of the past few years. Vinge is truly an original writer.” ―NOVA Express on A Deepness in the Sky
“Wow! A Deepness in the Sky is his best book yet and is a damn good example of what first-rate SF can be. Besides a good story with good characters, Vinge has enough throwaway ideas in the background for any three books.” ―Aboriginal SF
“Vast, riveting far-future saga involving evil gods, interstellar war, and manipulative aliens. No summary can do justice to the depth and conviction of Vinge's ideas. The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight; the plot twists and turns with unputdownable tension.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on A Fire Upon the Deep
“With uninterrupted pacing, suspense without contrivance, and deftly drawn aliens who can be pleasantly comical without becoming cute, Vinge offers heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best.” ―Publishers Weekly (Starred review) on A Fire Upon the Deep
“A wide-screen science fiction epic of the type few writers attempt any more, probably because nobody until Vinge has ever done it well. Has Hugo Winner written all over it.” ―Washington Post Book World on A Fire Upon the Deep
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 ›
This book starts off strong, but about halfway through takes an unexpected turn and kind of loses focus. The basic premise - a girl who is so much more intelligent than everyone else around her that she makes it her lifelong quest to find an intellectual equal - is a good one, but Vinge, for whom intellectual honesty is paramount, runs into the issue of "you can't write a convincing character who is smarter than the author," so he just... stops trying. We have two quite entertaining arcs where Tatja outwits first a city, then an empire, but after that her goals are much more vague, and far less interesting. In addition, there are some very odd choices made by the author, especially at the very end, where it seems that he's trying to make a statement about human nature, but fails to get his point across.
I'm a huge fan of Vernor Vinge - A Deepness in the Sky is probably my favorite science fiction novel of all time, and I enjoyed not only A Fire Upon the Deep but also Children of the Sky, which many found disappointing (to which I say that's more about missed expectations than a true lack of quality). Reading these earlier novels you can really see him starting to explore the themes that continue through his career, but you can also tell that he hasn't yet nailed down all of the aspects of good storytelling. Still, I'm glad I read it.
The main character just never grabbed my interest, and I just never cared what happened to her, or to the other characters.
If you want to understand why Vinge is so highly regarded, read True Names (and understand that it was written before internet usage was common, and when it was all text-based, NO graphics. ), or read what I think is his best work, A Fire Upon The Deep, which has more new ideas in one book than most writers manage in a career.
Skip Tatja Grimm, and read the good ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 6 months 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 23 months ago by Mark
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
As most reviews mention, this is early Vinge that doesn't have the far future tech you may expect from his later novels. Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Steve Stuart
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 Rutbla