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Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge (born 1944) is a US writer and professor of mathematics at San Diego State University until 2000, when he retired to write full-time; married to Joan D Vinge 1972-1979. He began publishing sf with "Apartness" for New Worlds in June 1965, and appeared fairly regularly in Analog. His first novel, Grimm's World, is a colourfully told adventure set on a primitive human planet exploited by interstellar slavers, with intriguingly elaborated detail. It is significantly less anodyne (or Ruritanian) than its description implies, and the punning title of the book turns out to be not inappropriate; the title character Tatja Grimm is a misfit in her world owing to unprecedented Intelligence. From the first Vinge combined a feeling for the movement and thrill of humanity's high-tech progress through the Universe, with a sense that individual lives were bleak and often brutish. His second novel, The Witling (1976), repeats a situation basic to the first – intruding humans on a colony planet are confronted by humanoids with special talents, here a variety of Psi Powers including Teleportation – and confirmed the essential chill of his vision . . .

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