Tatja Grimm's World

by Vernor Vinge | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0765308851 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingHARRIETwing of Morrow, Georgia USA on 1/30/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingHARRIETwing from Morrow, Georgia USA on Monday, January 30, 2006
Tatja Grimm's World
Vernor Vinge
Tor, Feb 2006, $14.95
ISBN: 0765308851

“The Barbarian Queen”. While traveling on the Tarulle Barge, Fantasie editor for the last fifteen years of its seven century run Rey Guille buys the illogical stories of Hrala the over six foot Barbarian Queen because they are so popular. However, publicist Cor Ascuasenta has brought a live pre-puberty six foot female who cannot speak Sprak to act as Hrala. Her name as best they can make it out is Tatja Grimm. As they sail onward to their next stop the primitive shows intelligence and strength of character; her plan is to rule the barge.

“The Imposter Queen”. Five years later, Tatja meets thesis candidate Svir Hedrigs and his pet Ancho the dorfox explaining to him she is the science editor for Fantasie. He believes she lies so he fibs about his astronomy experiences. Svir soon sails on the Tarulle Barge but it is Ancho and his ability to make illusions that Tatja finds fascinating as she has out stripped the intelligence of the barge and plans to rule the world.

“Feral Child”. Though she rules the ocean world, Tatja still seeks more. Offworlders seemingly more intelligent than anyone she has ever met treat her like an intelligent pet, but offer her an opportunity to learn the truth of why she feels intellectually superior to those around her as she plans to rule their world.

Tatja Grimm’s World is actually three separate short stories that chronicle the adventures of the title heroine. Fans will wonder if she is evil as she uses people since she believes they are inferior to her. Though somewhat lacking coherence as it is three separate shorts, readers will appreciate Verne Vinge’s look at cultural anthropology.

Harriet Klausner

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