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The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge Hardcover – 1 November 2001
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- Publisher : Tor Books (1 November 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312873735
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312873738
- Dimensions : 16 x 3.57 x 24.43 cm
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Die hier präsentierten Kurzgeschichten sind leider ziemlich überholt und spiegeln vor allem den Stand des kalten Krieges um 1960,als die Atombombe noch wirklich wie die Lösung für alles aussehen mochte. Einzelne phantasievolle Sachen sind auch dabei, aber im Durchschnitt ist da Philip Dick doch wesentlich einfallsreicher, für mehrere Kurzgeschichten mußte ich mehrere "Anläufe" nehmen.
My favorite five are:
"The Blabber" is one of my all-time favorite science fiction stories--for reasons I won't explain because of how it connects to the Zones of Thought series.
"The Accomplice" takes place in a "future" 1993 as envisioned by Vinge from 1966. Vinge reports being embarrassed by the various ways he got the future wrong, but he got some interesting things right, too. The story itself is enjoyable enough. Although the story within the story is better, of course.
In "Long Shot" we witness Earth's last and best explorer leaving our solar system behind. The explorer has an important mission. If memory serves.
In "Original Sin" humanity encounters an alien race that is shorter-lived, more intelligent, and more aggressive. The outcome seems foreordained.
"Win a Nobel Prize!" is one of those short-short science fiction stories that appeared in Nature during 1999-2000. It's notable for its mention of the "focus" that played a central role in A Deepness in the Sky .
Vinge supplies both introductions and afterwards for each story, establishing a conversational style that escorts the reader through each story. More anthologies could benefit from this technique, which allows authors to set the stage without spoilers, then offer post-reading analysis to the fully-informed reader afterward. Vinge does this well. The stories are very good, too.