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by Vernor Vinge

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Author:
Vernor Vinge
ISBN13:
978-0330307093
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0330307096
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Tor; New Ed edition (1990)
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Vernor Steffen Vinge (/ˈvɜːrnər ˈvɪndʒiː/ (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".

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Vernor Vinge rned the beach she walked along into a pale, curving strip. From somewhere across the lake, still in the shadow of the cone’s wall, there were sounds of laughter and splashing, and a pleasant smell that could only have been barbecue. One of her guards-guides?-drew her off the sand onto a path that angled up the hillside into the palmlike trees.

Tom Doherty Associates, 28 нояб This second novel by multiple award-winner Vernor Vinge, from 1976, is a. .

Tom Doherty Associates, 28 нояб. This second novel by multiple award-winner Vernor Vinge, from 1976, is a fast-paced adventure where galactic policies collide and different cultures clash as two scientists and their faith in technology are pitted against an elusive race of telekinetic beings. His many books also include Marooned in Realtime, Rainbows End and The Peace War.

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The Witling - Vernor Vinge.

This second novel by multiple award-winner Vernor Vinge, from 1976, is a fast-paced adventure where galactic policies collide and different cultures clash as two scientists and their faith in technology are pitted against an elusive race of telekinetic beings.Marooned on a distant world and slowly dying of food poisoning, two anthropologists are caught between warring alien factions engaged in a battle that will affect the future of the world's inhabitants and their deadly telekinetic powers. If the anthropologists can't help resolve the conflict between the feuding alien factions, no one will survive.This edition features sixteen full-page illustrations by Doug Beekman.
  • Humanity is spread out amongst the stars but the lack of a faster than light drive means that systems are, at best, only loosely connected. Empires have risen and fallen and Armageddon has come to many worlds.

    One world is trying to recover from such a catastrophe. It has reached out and colonized a planet in a nearby system. That planet is just self-sufficient enough to try and explore its system. It sends out a mission to explore a world a bit further out and finds a civilization. The civilization is what we would call feudal but it has its surprises.

    As the explorers, an archeologist (specializing in recovering technology) and a pilot, await recovery, disaster overtakes their ship. It is destroyed and they are captured by the locals. It is only then that they learn the strange secret of this world. They may be backward in terms of technology but they make up for it with an amazing ability. They are natural teleports.

    The explorers, of course, are not. This makes them "witlings", those without the ability to teleport. In this culture, that means that they are fit for little more than slavery. They are desperate to get to the far side of the planet to recover a beacon there and send for help. They realize that with teleportation comes the potential to solve humanity's interstellar problems and a lot is riding on their success. In this mission they are aided by a crown prince, who is also a witling.

    There are problems. Massive intrigue is the norm in the prince's court. All factions and foreign powers believe the strangers are the key to power. Teleportation may make some things easy but it is still subject to all sorts of physical laws which make transport directly to the beacon impossible. Also, the local food is toxic.

    It's a race against time, well told and well written.

  • Vernor Vinge is one of my favorite authors - let alone science fiction authors - and I admire him like heck for Deepness in the Sky, Fire Upon the Deep, for his amazing short stories, Marooned in Realtime, etc.

    The only thing going for this book is that you can see how much Vinge matured and deepened as an author--it's interesting in that sense. Otherwise, it's a pretty bad book.

    The whole conceit is shallow and not all that interesting. To not give anything away, mostly it centers on a light-physics examination of a fairly standard what-if set-up.

    The plot, while pretending to be about political maneuvering, is silly, contrived and dull.

    But the absolute worst thing - what makes this 1.5 stars - is the ending.

    It is just SO misogynist! I don't want to give anything away, but I really, really resented the ending--no woman would EVER have written it, and no man would EVER have written it of a male character. It's insulting. Ruined an otherwise mediocre but okay book.

    I don't think the book is worth it.

    But I URGE you to read his later works. Utterly fabulous. Thankfully he didn't stop with this one!

  • This is not Vernor Vinge's best work but it is still very much worthreading. if you have never read any of Vinge's books I would reccomend you start with " A deepness in the sky". IMO that is a really outstanding book.

  • Vernor Vinge was just getting warmed up with this short, but amusing 1976 offering. With "The Witling", Vinge violates the fundamental rule of fiction -- show, don't tell. There are long rambling internal monologues where all the super-cool technical ideas are introduced and explained. The characters all act and talk like graduate students in a research lab.
    "The Witling" is well worth it for the ideas, but nowhere near as complete an offering in terms of either technology or characterization as his as his captivating Marooned in Realtime series or his already classic "A Deepness in the Sky". Like me, you might also enjoy witnessing the evolution of Vinge's craft. And while I don't want to give too much away, there is a notion of discontinuity of time and place in this work that should be familiar to fans of Vinge's later work.

  • Love Vernor Vinge, this was a good read.

  • Humans arrive on a planet where technology is not advanced, but the inhabitants have mental powers superior to humans (ie, the ability to teleport themselves and objects). Good hard science, if you're a fan of that, in taking account real physics (like rotation of the planet), but also just a good story, which makes it a winner for me.

  • Worth reading. The plot twists and turns to a satisfying outcome. I would order more Vinge if it were available.

  • Vernor Vinge is one of my absolute favorites. So, finding this little 'bagatelle' with slightly more than 200 pages was like finding a gem. His idea about the talent of the planet's inhabitants is absolutely original and makes you smile while reading.