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Vernor Steffen Vinge ((); born October 2, 1944) is an American science fiction author and retired professor. He taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University. He is the first wide-scale popularizer of the technological singularity concept and perhaps the first to present a fictional "cyberspace". He has won the Hugo Award for his 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).

Vernor Vinge
BornVernor Steffen Vinge
(1944-10-02)October 2, 1944 (age 77)
Waukesha, Wisconsin, US
OccupationComputer scientist
NationalityAmerican
Period1966–present
GenreScience fiction
Notable works
Notable awardsHugo Awards:
Best Novel: 1993, 2000, 2007;
Best Novella: 2003, 2005
Prometheus Awards:
1987, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2014 Special Award for Lifetime Achievement
SpouseJoan D. Vinge (1972–1979, divorced)

Contents

Vinge published his first short story, "Apartness", in the June 1965 issue of the British magazine New Worlds. His second, "Bookworm, Run!", was 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 computerised data sources. He became a moderately 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 1976.

Vinge came to prominence in 1981 with his novella True Names, perhaps the first story to present a fully fleshed-out concept of cyberspace, 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), explore the spread of a future libertarian society, and deal with the impact of a technology which can create impenetrable force fields called '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.

Vinge won the Hugo Award (tying for Best Novel with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis) with his 1992 novel, A Fire Upon the Deep. A Deepness in the Sky (1999) was a prequel to Fire, following competing groups of humans in The Slow Zone as they struggle over who has the rights to exploit a technologically emerging alien culture. Deepness won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2000.

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

Vinge's 2006 novel Rainbows End, set in the same universe and featuring some of the same characters as Fast Times at Fairmont High, won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel. In 2011, he released The Children of the Sky, a sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep set approximately 10 years following the end of A Fire Upon the Deep.

Vinge retired in 2000 from teaching at 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 ConJosé, the 60th World Science Fiction Convention in 2002.

His former wife, Joan D. Vinge, is also a science fiction author. They were married from 1972 to 1979.

Novels

Realtime/Bobble series

Zones of Thought series

Standalone novels

Collections

Essays

  • "The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era" (1993), Whole Earth Review
  • "2020 Computing: The creativity machine" (2006), Nature
  • "The Disaster Stack" (2017) Chasing Shadows

Uncollected short fiction

  1. Vinge, Vernor (Mar 1993). "The Coming Technological Singularity". San Diego State University. Archived from the original on May 8, 2017. RetrievedJuly 17, 2021.
  2. Saffo, Paul (1990), "Consensual Realities in Cyberspace", in Denning, Peter J. (ed.), 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 expansed from "Viewpoint", Communications of the ACM 32 (6): 664–65, 1989,doi:10.1145/63526.315953.
  3. Summary bibliography, Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  4. Vinge, Vernor (1976). The witling. Daw Books = sf. DAW Books Inc, Copyright Paperback Collection (Library of Congress). New York: DAW Books.
  5. "1985 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  6. "1987 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  7. "1993 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  8. "2000 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  9. "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  10. "2004 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  11. "2007 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  12. Interview with Vernor Vinge, Norwescon website, October 12, 2009.
  13. "Vernor Vinge's sequel to A Fire Upon The Deep coming in October!".
  14. "Guests of Honor". ConJosé (the 2002 Worldcon).
  15. Stableford, Brian (2006), "Vinge, Vernor (Steffen) (1944–)", Science Fact and Science Fiction: An Encyclopedia, Routledge, pp. 551–552, ISBN 9781135923747
  16. "1992 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  17. "1999 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved2010-08-12.
  18. Vinge, Vernor (October 12, 2000). "Win a Nobel Prize!". Nature. 407 (6805): 679. Bibcode:2000Natur.407..679V. doi:10.1038/35037684. PMID 11048698.(subscription required)
  19. Vinge, Vernor (1993). "The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era". Whole Earth Review (Winter 1993): 11. Bibcode:1993vise.nasa...11V.
  20. Vinge, Vernor (March 23, 2006). "2020 Computing: The creativity machine". Nature. 440 (411): 411. Bibcode:2006Natur.440..411V. doi:10.1038/440411a. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 16554782. S2CID 4397608.
  21. Brin, David (2017). Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World. Tor Books. p. 138. ISBN 9780765382580.
  22. Vernor Vinge reading "A Dry Martini", recorded live at Penguicon 6.0 on April 20th, 2008
  23. Vinge, Vernor (June 30, 2004). "Synthetic Serendipity". IEEE Spectrum.
  24. Vinge, Vernor (26 February 2015). "BFF's first adventure". Nature. 518 (7540): 568. Bibcode:2015Natur.518..568V. doi:10.1038/518568a.
  25. Vinge, Vernor (10 August 2017). "Legale". Nature. 548 (7666): 254. Bibcode:2017Natur.548..254V. doi:10.1038/548254a.
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About Vinge

Essays and speeches

Interviews

Vernor Vinge Article Talk Language Watch Edit Vernor Steffen Vinge ˈ v ɜːr n er ˈ v ɪ n dʒ iː listen born October 2 1944 is an American science fiction author and retired professor He taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University He is the first wide scale popularizer of the technological singularity concept and perhaps the first to present a fictional cyberspace 2 He has won the Hugo Award for his 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 Vernor VingeVinge at the Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference CFP 2006BornVernor Steffen Vinge 1944 10 02 October 2 1944 age 77 Waukesha Wisconsin USOccupationComputer scientistNationalityAmericanPeriod1966 presentGenreScience fictionNotable worksTrue Names 1981 A Fire Upon the Deep 1992 The Coming Technological Singularity 1993 1 Fast Times at Fairmont High 2002 Notable awardsHugo Awards Best Novel 1993 2000 2007 Best Novella 2003 2005 Prometheus Awards 1987 2000 2004 2007 2014 Special Award for Lifetime AchievementSpouseJoan D Vinge 1972 1979 divorced Contents 1 Life and work 2 Personal life 3 Bibliography 3 1 Novels 3 1 1 Realtime Bobble series 3 1 2 Zones of Thought series 3 1 3 Standalone novels 3 2 Collections 3 3 Essays 3 4 Uncollected short fiction 4 References 5 External links 5 1 About Vinge 5 2 Essays and speeches 5 3 InterviewsLife and work EditVinge published his first short story Apartness in the June 1965 issue of the British magazine New Worlds His second Bookworm Run was in the March 1966 issue of Analog Science Fiction then edited by John W Campbell 3 The story explores the theme of artificially augmented intelligence by connecting the brain directly to computerised data sources He became a moderately 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 1976 4 Vinge came to prominence in 1981 with his novella True Names perhaps the first story to present a fully fleshed out concept of cyberspace 2 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 explore the spread of a future libertarian society and deal with the impact of a technology which can create impenetrable force fields called 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 5 6 Vinge won the Hugo Award tying for Best Novel with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis with his 1992 novel A Fire Upon the Deep 7 A Deepness in the Sky 1999 was a prequel to Fire following competing groups of humans in The Slow Zone as they struggle over who has the rights to exploit a technologically emerging alien culture Deepness won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2000 8 His novellas Fast Times at Fairmont High and The Cookie Monster also won Hugo Awards in 2002 and 2004 respectively 9 10 Vinge s 2006 novel Rainbows End set in the same universe and featuring some of the same characters as Fast Times at Fairmont High won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel 11 In 2011 he released The Children of the Sky a sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep set approximately 10 years following the end of A Fire Upon the Deep 12 13 Vinge retired in 2000 from teaching at 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 14 Personal life EditHis former wife Joan D Vinge is also a science fiction author They were married from 1972 to 1979 15 Bibliography EditNovels Edit Realtime Bobble series Edit The Peace War 1984 ISBN 0 312 94342 3 Hugo Award nominee 1985 5 Marooned in Realtime 1986 ISBN 0 312 94295 8 Prometheus Award winner Hugo Award nominee 1987 6 Zones of Thought series Edit A Fire Upon the Deep 1992 Hugo Award winner 1993 7 Nebula Award nominee 1992 16 Campbell and Locus SF Awards nominee 1993 7 A Deepness in the Sky 1999 Hugo 8 Campbell 8 and Prometheus Awards winner 2000 Nebula Award nominee 1999 17 Clarke and Locus SF Awards nominee 2000 8 The Children of the Sky 2011 Standalone novels Edit Grimm s World 1969 expanded as Tatja Grimm s World 1987 The Witling 1976 Rainbows End 2006 ISBN 0 312 85684 9 Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner 2007 11 Campbell Award nominee 2007 11 Collections Edit Across Realtime 1986 ISBN 0 671 72098 8 The Peace War The Ungoverned Marooned in Realtime True Names and Other Dangers 1987 ISBN 0 671 65363 6 Bookworm Run True Names 1981 winner 2007 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award The Peddler s Apprentice with Joan D Vinge The Ungoverned occurs in the same milieu 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 late 1980s Apartness Conquest by Default occurs in the same milieu as Apartness The Whirligig of Time Gemstone Just Peace with William Rupp Original Sin The Blabber occurs in the same milieu 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 18 The Barbarian Princess this is also the first section of Tatja Grimm s World Fast Times at Fairmont High occurs in the same milieu as Rainbows End winner 2002 Hugo Award for Best Novella Essays Edit The Coming Technological Singularity How to Survive in the Post Human Era 1993 1 Whole Earth Review 19 2020 Computing The creativity machine 2006 Nature 20 The Disaster Stack 2017 Chasing Shadows 21 Uncollected short fiction Edit A Dry Martini The 60th World Science Fiction Convention ConJose Restaurant Guide page 60 22 The Cookie Monster Analog Science Fiction October 2003 winner 2004 Hugo Award for Best Novella Synthetic Serendipity IEEE Spectrum Online 30 June 2004 23 A Preliminary Assessment of the Drake Equation Being an Excerpt from the Memoirs of Star Captain Y T Lee 2010 Gateways Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl 2010 BFF s first adventure originally published in Nature Vol 518 No 7540 Futures 24 Legale originally published in Nature Vol 548 No 7666 Futures 25 References Edit a b Vinge Vernor Mar 1993 The Coming Technological Singularity San Diego State University Archived from the original on May 8 2017 Retrieved July 17 2021 a b Saffo Paul 1990 Consensual Realities in Cyberspace in Denning Peter J ed 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 expansed from Viewpoint Communications of the ACM 32 6 664 65 1989 doi 10 1145 63526 315953 Summary bibliography Internet Speculative Fiction Database Vinge Vernor 1976 The witling Daw Books sf DAW Books Inc Copyright Paperback Collection Library of Congress New York DAW Books a b 1985 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 a b 1987 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 a b c 1993 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 a b c d 2000 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 2002 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 2004 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 a b c 2007 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 Interview with Vernor Vinge Norwescon website October 12 2009 Vernor Vinge s sequel to A Fire Upon The Deep coming in October Guests of Honor ConJose the 2002 Worldcon Stableford Brian 2006 Vinge Vernor Steffen 1944 Science Fact and Science Fiction An Encyclopedia Routledge pp 551 552 ISBN 9781135923747 1992 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 1999 Award Winners amp Nominees Worlds Without End Retrieved 2010 08 12 Vinge Vernor October 12 2000 Win a Nobel Prize Nature 407 6805 679 Bibcode 2000Natur 407 679V doi 10 1038 35037684 PMID 11048698 subscription required Vinge Vernor 1993 The Coming Technological Singularity How to Survive in the Post Human Era Whole Earth Review Winter 1993 11 Bibcode 1993vise nasa 11V Vinge Vernor March 23 2006 2020 Computing The creativity machine Nature 440 411 411 Bibcode 2006Natur 440 411V doi 10 1038 440411a ISSN 0028 0836 PMID 16554782 S2CID 4397608 Brin David 2017 Chasing Shadows Visions of Our Coming Transparent World Tor Books p 138 ISBN 9780765382580 Vernor Vinge reading A Dry Martini recorded live at Penguicon 6 0 on April 20th 2008 Vinge Vernor June 30 2004 Synthetic Serendipity IEEE Spectrum Vinge Vernor 26 February 2015 BFF s first adventure Nature 518 7540 568 Bibcode 2015Natur 518 568V doi 10 1038 518568a Vinge Vernor 10 August 2017 Legale Nature 548 7666 254 Bibcode 2017Natur 548 254V doi 10 1038 548254a External links EditWikiquote has quotations related to Vernor Vinge Vernor Vinge at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Vernor Vinge at Library of Congress Authorities with 17 catalog records Works by Vernor Vinge at Open LibraryAbout Vinge Edit Vernor Vinge at Curlie Vernor Vinge at Worlds Without End Rainbows End 2006 official website Hafner Katie August 2 2001 A Scientist s Art Computer Fiction The New York Times p G1 Essays and speeches Edit The Coming Technological Singularity How to Survive in the Post Human Era 1993 Accelerating Change 2005 Vernor Vinge Keynote Address 64 kbit s MP3 audio recording 40 minutes long Seminars About Long term Thinking Vernor Vinge Summary and MP3 audio recording of a 2007 speech 91 minutes long 2020 Computing The creativity machine from Nature magazine 23 March 2006 Vernor Vinge s keynote address at the 2006 Austin Games Conference Interviews Edit Interview on Fresh Air 2000 audio Interviews on the podcast series The Future and You April 8 2006 May 1 2006 audio Interview by Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith April 26 2006 podcast Interview by Reason 2007 Interview for the singularity symposium 2011 podcast Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vernor Vinge amp oldid 1089840023, 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