Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge’s science fiction novels and stories have won five Hugo awards, most recently for Rainbows End, which considers the implications of smart environments on issues of libraries, privacy, and terror. His newest novel is The Children of the Sky, a direct sequel to the Hugo-winning A Fire Upon the Deep. Vinge is a science fiction writer and retired professor of mathematics and computer science. In 1982, at a panel for AAAI-82, he proposed that in the near future, technology would result in superhuman intelligence, a “singularity” beyond which human extrapolation is essentially impossible.