Vernor Vinge papers

Finding aid prepared by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Vernor Vinge papers
Date (inclusive): 1984-2011
Collection Number: MS 385
Creator: Vinge, Vernor
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, science fiction convention programs, and a floppy disk from science fiction author Vernor Vinge. The correspondence mostly concerns other authors and publishers sending Vinge their works for his review or comments.
Languages: The collection is in English.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Vernor Vinge papers (MS 385). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vernor Vinge, 2012.

Processing History

Processed by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the Vernor Vinge papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Vernor Steffen Vinge was born on October 2, 1944 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is an American science fiction author, who previously taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University. He retired from being an educator at San Diego State in 2000. Vinge was awarded the Hugo Award for many of his novels and novellas, such as A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) and Fast Times at Fairmont High (2002). He is recognized for his hard-science approach to his novels, as well as his imaginative work of Internet fiction.

Collection Scope and Contents

The Vernor Vinge papers contains correspondence, science fiction convention programs, notes and a floppy disk from author Vernor Vinge. The correspondence mostly concerns other authors and publishers sending Vinge their works for his review or comments.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Literature publishing
Science fiction -- History and criticism -- Congresses
Science fiction -- Authorship

Genres and Forms of Materials


Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1986-2003

Box 1, Folder 2

L.A. Con II - 42nd World Science Fiction Convention Program 1984

Box 1, Folder 3

Conspiracy '87 - 45th World Science Fiction Convention Souvenir Book 1987

Box 1, Folder 4

General Notes 1986-2011, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Floppy Disk - "n8 mctxt.grn linux" 1998