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Multiple reviews of Vinge, same book, different books, whatever you want...if someone else has reviewed a book, we want your review of the same book too!
And/or a different book...Any Vinge books. Don't worry about posting too many.

(Regular Sunday Morning Book Reviews will be a separate post.)


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From wiki:
"As with many of Vinge's later works, "Bookworm, Run!" deals with intelligence amplification: Norman Simmons, the bookworm of the title, is a surgically-altered chimpanzee with human-equivalent intelligence.

"As part of an experiment, Norman's brain has been given a wireless link to an enormous database. By accident, he is given access to the United States Government's main database....

"Vinge has said [1] that the "important" sequel to Bookworm would have featured the first human with amplified intelligence; however, when he attempted to sell such a story to John W. Campbell, Campbell rejected it with the explanation "You can't write this story. Neither can anyone else.""

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"I can well believe that some of the software and interfaces that (Vinge) describes will one day become commonplace."-- Ann Wilkes

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

if you only knew what else i have to deal with right now...

anyway, self-pity aside: read Vernor Vinge. yes, some purists will call him a "libertarian." and they may be right. still...

science. imagination. beauty. the love of the mind. i'm literally crying right now i don't have the time to do him hommage. oh, goddess. if only i could write like he does. or his ex-wife. just read "a deepness in the sky." just read it. you won't be sorry.

/back to job related email mess that i can't avoid/

i hate our world. whatever happend to the Life of the Mind? i know, it's lost. but for Vinge, he seems to be enjoying it. as he should. he's better than all of them, other than Butler and Tepper and a handful of others. if you read his best, you'll never call sci-fi "juvenile" or "short sighted" or "simplistic" again. i can't endorse him enough. i hope this encourages at least a few of you to check him out.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i've been looking for a new author, but had grown out of my scifi stage [other than occasional re-readings of douglas adams].