by Vernor Vinge
Cover Artist: Tom Kidd
Review by Colleen Cahill
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 076530886X
Date: 28 November, 2006 List Price $13.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
It is rare that an author's first or even second novel is a major bestseller. This is true for the celebrated hard-science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, who gained prominence in the 1980s with his novella "True Names" and his Across Realtime novels. Like many authors, his earlier works are hard to find now, but with the republication of Vinge's second novel, The Witling, it is now possible to explore the early years of this first-class writer. From official release/information:
Book Description: A fast-paced adventure where galactic policies collide and different cultures clash as two scientists and their faith in technology are pitted against an elusive race of telekinetic beings.
Marooned on a distant world and slowly dying of food poisoning, two anthropologists are caught between warring alien factions engaged in a battle that will affect the future of the world's inhabitants and their deadly telekinetic powers. If the anthropologists can't help resolve the conflict between the feuding alien factions, no one will survive.
This edition features sixteen full-page illustrations by Doug Beekman.
(Source: Tor Books)