Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, author
Vernor Vinge is the son of geographers. Fascinated by science and
particularly computers from an early age, he has a Ph.D. in computer
science, and is a retired professor of mathematics and computer science
with San Diego State University. Divorced, his former wife, Joan D.
Vinge, is also a science fiction writer.
He has won Hugo Awards for his novels A Fire Upon the Deep,
A Deepness in the Sky, and Rainbows End and for the
novella "Fast Times at Fairmont High". Known for his rigorous
hard-science approach to science fiction, he became an iconic figure
among cybernetic scientists in 1981 with the publication of the
novella "True Names," one of the first stories to present a fully
fleshed-out concept of cyberspace.
He has also gained a great deal of attention for his essay, "The
Technological Singularity". The essay proposes that in the very
near future computers will reach the point where they can check and
rewrite their own programming, producing a machine super-intelligence
and ending the era of humanity.
Sought widely as a speaker to both business and scientific groups,
he lives in San Diego, California.