Vernor Vinge has won several wards for his novels (A
DEEPNESS IN THE SKY), and over the last three and a half
decades has also produced some of the best science fiction
short stories. THE COLLECTED STORIES OF VERNOR VINGE
provides most of the author's short stories plus a novella,
FAST TIMES AT FAIRMONT HIGH. Most of the tales are well
written furbishing the reader with provocative concepts
though many of those from before the fall of the Wall seem
more alternate history in nature. The added bonus of Mr.
Vinge's commentary to most of the contributions provides
readers with insight to the author's philosophy. Fans of
science fiction anthologies that induce deep postulating on
the part of the reader will enjoy this collection, but it
is best savored over a couple of weeks.