Vernor Vinge


Vernor Steffen Vinge ( / v ɜːr n ər v ɪ n dʒ i / ( listen )  ; born October 2, 1944) is an American science fiction author and retired professor. He taught mathematics and computer scienceat San Diego State University . He is the originator of the peculiarity of the concept and the first to present a fictional ” cyberspace “. He is best known for his Hugo Award -winning novels and novellas A Fire Upon the Deep(1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), Rainbows End (2006), Fast Times at Fairmont High (2002), and The Cookie Monster (2004), for his 1984 novel The Peace War and his 1993 essay “The Coming Technological Singularity “.

Life and work

Vinge published his first short story, ” Bookworm, Run! “, In the March 1966 issue of Analog Science Fiction , then edited by John W. Campbell . The story explores the theme of artificially augmented intelligence by connecting the brain directly to computerized data sources. He became a prolific contributor to SF magazines in the 1960s and early 1970s. In 1969, he expanded the story “Grimm’s Story” ( Orbit 4 , 1968) into his first novel, Grimm’s World . His second novel, The Witling , was published in 1975. citation needed ]

Vink came to prominence in 1981 with his novels True names , perhaps the first story to a fully fleshed-out concept of cyberspace , [1] which would later be central to cyberpunk stories by William Gibson , Neal Stephenson and others. His next two novels, The Peace War (1984) and Marooned in Realtime (1986), explores the spread of a future libertarian society, and deal with the impact of a technology qui can create impenetrable strength fields called Expired ‘ bobbles. These books built Vinge’s reputation as an author who would explore ideas to their logical conclusions in particularly inventive ways. Both books were nominated for the Hugo Award , but lost to novels by William Gibson and Orson Scott Card . [2] [3]

Vinge won the Hugo Award for Best Novel with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, 1992, A Fire Upon the Deep . [4] A Deepness in the Sky (1999) was a prequel to fire , following competing groups of humans in the Slow Zone as they struggled to exploit technologically emerging alien culture. Deepness won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2000. [5]

His novellas Fast Times at Fairmont High and The Monster Cookie also won Hugo Awards in 2002 and 2004, respectively. [6] [7]

Vinge’s 2006 novel Rainbows End , set in a similar universe to Fast Times at Fairmont High , won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel. [8] His next novel was released in October 2011. The Children of the Sky is a sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep , set approximately 10 years later. [9] [10]

Vinge retired in 2000 from San Diego State University , in order to write full-time. Most years, since its inception in 1999, Vinge has been on the Free Software Foundation’s selection committee for their Award for the Advancement of Free Software . Vernor Vinge was Writer Guest of Honor at ConJose , the 60th World Science Fiction Convention in 2002. [11]

Personal life

His wife, Joan , is an accomplished science fiction author. [12]

Bibliography

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Novels

  • Grimm’s World (1969), expanded as Tatja Grimm’s World (1987)
  • The Witling (1976)
  • Rainbows End ISBN  0-312-85684-9 (2006) – Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner , 2007; [8] Campbell Award nominee, 2007 [8]

Realtime / Bobble series

  • – (1984). The Peace War . Bluejay Books. ISBN  0-312-94342-3 . OCLC  10996240 . – Hugo Award nominee, 1985 [2]
  • The Ungoverned (1985)
  • – (1986). Marooned in Realtime . Bluejay Books. ISBN  0-312-94295-8 . – Prometheus Award winner , Hugo Award nominee, 1987 [3]

Zones of Thought series

  • A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) – nominated Nebula Award, 1992; [13] Hugo Award winner , 1993; [4] Nominated Campbell and Locus SF Awards, 1993 [4]
  • A Deepness in the Sky (1999) – Nominated Nebula Award, 1999; [14] Hugo, [5] Campbell, [5] and Prometheus Awards winner , 2000; Clarke and Locus SF Awards nominee, 2000 [5]
  • The Children of the Sky (October 2011)

Collections

  • Across Realtime (1986) ISBN  0-671-72098-8
    • The Peace War
    • ” The Ungoverned ” (1985 novella) (in no edition of Across Realtime except 1991 Baen edition)
    • Marooned in Realtime
  • True Names … and Other Dangers (1987) ISBN  0-671-65363-6
    • ” Bookworm, Run! “
    • ” True Names ” (1981, winner of the 2007 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award)
    • “The Peddler’s Apprentice” (with Joan D. Vinge )
    • “The Ungoverned” (occurs in the same environment as The Peace War and Marooned in Realtime )
    • “Long Shot”
  • Threats … and Other Promises (1988) ISBN  0-671-69790-0 (These two volumes collect Vinge’s short fiction through the early 1990s.)
    • “Apartness”
    • “Conquest by Default”
    • “The Whirligig of Time”
    • “Gemstone”
    • “Just Peace” (with William Rupp)
    • “Original Sin”
    • “The Blabber” (Occurs in the same medium as A Fire Upon the Deep )
  • True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (2001) ISBN  0-312-86207-5 (contains “True Names” plus essays by others)
  • The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge (2001) ISBN  0-312-87373-5 (hardcover) or ISBN  0-312-87584-3 (paperback) (This volume collects Vinge’s short fiction through 2001 (except “True Names”), including Vinge’s comments from the earlier two volumes.)
    • “Bookworm, Run!”
    • “The Accomplice”
    • “The Peddler’s Apprentice” (with Joan D. Vinge )
    • “The Ungoverned”
    • “Long Shot”
    • “Apartness”
    • “Conquest by Default”
    • “The Whirligig of Time”
    • “Bomb Scare”
    • “The Science Fair”
    • “Gemstone”
    • “Just Peace” (with William Rupp)
    • “Original Sin”
    • “The Blabber”
    • “Win a Nobel Prize!” (originally published in Nature , Vol 407 No. 6805 “Futures”) [15]
    • “The Barbarian Princess” (this is also the first section of “Tatja Grimm’s World”)
    • “Fast Times at Fairmont High” ( Rainbows End wins 2002 winner Hugo Award for Best Novella) citation needed ]

Essays

Uncollected short fiction

  • “A Dry Martini” ( The 60th World Science Fiction Conjose Restaurant Guide , page 60) [18]
  • ” The Cookie Monster ” ( Analog Science Fiction , October 2003) (2004 winner Hugo Award for Best Novella)
  • “Synthetic Serendipity”, IEEE Spectrum Online, 30 June 2004 [19]
  • “A Preliminary Assessment of the Drake Equation, Being an Excerpt from the Memoirs of Star Captain YT Lee” (2010) ( Gateways: Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl , 2010)
  • “BFF’s first adventure”, (originally published in Nature , Vol 518 No. 7540 “Futures”) [20]

References

  1. Jump up^ Saffo, Paul (1990), “Consensual Realities in Cyberspace”, in Peter J. Denning, Computers Under Attack: Intruders, Worms, and Viruses , New York, NY: ACM, pp. 416-20, doi : 10.1145 / 102616.102644 , ISBN  0-201-53067-8 . Revised and expanded from “Viewpoint”,Communications of the ACM32 (6): 664-65, 1989,doi:10.1145 / 63526.315953.
  2. ^ Jump up to:b “1985 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “1987 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:c “1993 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:d “2000 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  6. Jump up^ “2002 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  7. Jump up^ “2004 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  8. ^ Jump up to:c “2007 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  9. Jump up^ Interview with Vernor Vinge,Norwesconwebsite, October 12, 2009.
  10. Jump up^ “Vernor Vinge’s sequel to A Fire Upon The Deep coming in October!” .
  11. Jump up^ “Guests of Honor” . ConJosé (the 2002 Worldcon ).
  12. Jump up^ Vinge, Vernor. Introduction to “The Peddler’s Apprentice”, a story by Vernor Vinge and Joan D Vinge, inTrue Names … and Other Dangers. Baen books, New York, 1987; ISBN 0-671-65363-6.
  13. Jump up^ “1992 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  14. Jump up^ “1999 Award Winners & Nominees” . Worlds Without End . Retrieved 2010-08-12 .
  15. Jump up^ Vinge, Vernor (October 12, 2000). “Win a Nobel Prize!” . Nature . 407(6805): 679. doi : 10.1038 / 35037684 . (subscription required)
  16. Jump up^ “The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era”. Whole Earth Review (Winter 1993). 1993.
  17. Jump up^ Vinge, Vernor (March 23, 2006). “2020 Computing: The creativity machine” . Nature . 440 (411). doi : 10.1038 / 440411a . ISSN  0028-0836 . PMID  16554782 . Retrieved February 14, 2017 .
  18. Jump up^ Vernor Vinge reading “A Dry Martini”, recorded live at Penguicon 6.0 on April 20th, 2008
  19. Jump up^ Vinge, Vernor (June 30, 2004). “Synthetic Serendipity” . IEEE Spectrum .
  20. Jump up^ Vinge, Vernor (26 February 2015). “BFF’s first adventure” . Nature . 518(7540): 568. doi : 10.1038 / 518568a .

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