Singular Vernor Vinge Page

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26 November 2005
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I consider Vernor Vinge to be one of the most visionary SF authors living today (it could be claimed this directly makes him one of the most visionary living authors, period, but I won't get into that.) His vision of technology is quite different from most SF, and on the surface seems quite fantastic, yet in fact feels the most realistic to me. His books have placed him in the extropian literary pantheon.

Technology in much of SF is simply an effector of the vision of the work. FTL, anti-gravity, artificial gravity, all working to build interstellar empires regardless of the physical obstacles. Social changes are often minimal. Vernor Vinge is at the other extreme; in looking at the potential of realistic technology, particularly computers/AI or cognitive science, he has come to the conclusion that we must run into a Singularity beyond which meaningful prediction (and fiction) is impossible. Idealized nanotechnology also has potential for creating a singularity, although not as drastic as the one causable by control over the nature of intelligence. Much of his fiction is based on skirting around the Singularity and is quite interesting thereby. It is also well written.

Misc info:

Vernor Vinge has an e-mail address, but I understand it is work-related and thus naturally not meant for fan mail. He was indeed married to Joan D. Vinge between 1972 and 1979. And in my experience he is extremely hard to find in used bookstores -- marginally better than P.C. Hodgell -- and distressedly out of print. I'm trying to hoard him, myself.

  • Keynote address by Vinge at Accelerating Change 2005.

    Books:

    Legend:
    s: promise of the Singularity. S: Existence of the Singularity fairly prominent in some way. A: anarchist. L: libertarian (coined for Deepness; it's politicaly, but anarchist didn't seem to fit.)

    His essay on the Singularity.

    An argument by me against the incomprehensibility of the Singularity.

    Anders Sandberg Singularity page

    Wikipedia entry on the Singularity; fairly good.

    Vernor Vinge is in the Internet Top 100 SF books -- more than once!

    Interview at sysopmind.


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