This second novel by multiple award-winner Vernor Vinge, from 1976, is 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.
Fall had come to Bodgaru-by-the-Sea, and winter was not now far away. All up the sides of the mountains that sheltered Bodgaru's northern flank, the tri-crowned pines stood green and snowy white in...
Praise for The Witling
“Vernor Vinge has long been one of the best writers of innovative, thought-provoking, character-as-well-as-science-driven SF.” —Amazing Stories on Vernor Vinge
“Vernor Vinge is one of our most notable writers.” —Analog on True Names
“Vinge . . . is among the very best of the current crop of hard SF writers, producing work that is not only fast-paced and intellectually challenging, but also stylishly written and centered on carefully drawn characters.” —Publishers Weekly on A Deepness in the Sky