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Vernor Vinge

Vernor Steffen Vinge, pronounced VIN-jee, (born February 10, 1944) is a mathematician and science fiction author who is best known for his Hugo award winning novel A Fire Upon the Deep, and for his 1993 essay The Technological Singularity[?], in which he argues that exponential growth in technology will reach a point beyond which we cannot even speculate about the consequences.

The technological singularity was a theme in many of his earlier stories, as collected in True Names and Other Dangers[?]. The anthology's title story is an early (1980) depiction of virtual reality (before the "cyberspace" of William Gibson's Neuromancer).

His latest novel is a prequel to A Fire Upon the Deep, entitled A Deepness in the Sky[?].

Mr. Vinge recently retired from teaching at San Diego State University[?], where he was a computer science professor, in order to write full-time.

His ex-wife Joan Vinge[?] is also an accomplished science fiction author.

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