Roger Pollack is Mr Slippery, a computer hacker who inhabits the 'other plane' - where like-minded individuals penetrate the world's computers for profit or kicks.
Vernor Vinge is a computer scientist, mathematics professor and
science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning
Zones of Thought series, including novels A Fire Upon the
Deep and The Children of the Sky. He published True
Names in 1981 and it was awarded the Prometheus Hall of Fame
Award in 2007.
Vinge retired from teaching at San Diego State University in 2000 and currently sits on the selection committee for the Free Software Foundation's Award for the Advancement of Free Software.