Vernor Vinge

A science fiction giant reveals his reading list.

Monday, August 18, 2008
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What is futurist Vernor Vinge reading? His coffee table—a metal bookcase topped with a piece of plywood—is “covered by a deep layer of books,” Vinge says, as are most other surfaces in his San Diego, California, home. His current pile includes:

- Books by Charles Stross and Karl Schroeder. “If I can’t find my science fiction to read at night before I go to bed, I begin to get stressed out.”

- Matter by Iain M. Banks, set in a fantastically advanced civilization known simply as the Culture.

- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, a nonfiction best-seller on randomness by Nassim Taleb: “It’s a rare thing that something liked is also really important.”

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