RevolutionSF proudly announces a live chat with award-winning author
January 22, 2002 -- RevolutionSF (www.revolutionsf.com) will host award-winning
author Vernor Vinge in a live online chat, January 31, 2002.
Vernor Vinge is one of the most widely-respected authors in science fiction.
His 1981 novella "True Names" is widely credited with envisioning
the Internet before William Gibson ever coined the term "cyberspace"
or anyone had dreamed up the World Wide Web. He was nominated for Hugo awards
for his novels The Peace War and Marooned in Realtime, and he
won the Hugo for A Fire Upon the Deep, considered a masterpiece in the
field, and again for its long-awaited follow-up, A Deepness in the Sky.
A retired computer scientist and professor of mathematics at UC San Diego,
Vinge is also well-known for his theories on the technological singularity,
the point at which technology will become self-aware and self-advancing and
may leave humanity in the dust--literally. It may never happen, or it may be
in the near future; either way, it fascinates fans and scholars alike and provides
rich ground for storytelling. A Deepness in the Sky explores the implications
of the singularity's nonexistence, the rise and fall of civilizations around
a plateau of technological advancement.
Vinge's influential "True Names" was recently republished in TOR's
True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier, a non-fiction
anthology which explores the growth of the Internet in the years since the seminal
novella first appeared. And in November, 2001, TOR published The Collected
Stories of Vernor Vinge, spanning forty years of brilliant short fiction.
At the chat, RevolutionSF and TOR will give away five copies each of True
Names and Collected Stories!
Join us at 8:00 PM Eastern (5:00 PM Pacific), January 31, 2002, for a live
chat with one of the most fascinating voices in science fiction today.
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