A Hugo award-winning Novel!
“Vinge is one of the best visionary writers of SF today.” —David Brin
Thirty-Thousand years before A Fire Upon the Deep, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. Two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds. The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches. But first, both groups must wait at the aliens' very doorstep for their strange star to relight and for their planet to reawaken, as it does every two hundred and fifty years. More than just a great science fiction adventure, A Deepness in the Sky is a universal drama of courage, self-discovery, and the redemptive power of love.
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In this prequel to his Hugo Award-winning space opera, A Fire upon the Deep (1992), Vinge takes us to an era some thousands of years in our future, when humanity has just begun its exploration of intergalactic space and has as yet no inkling of the complex physics that rules the galaxy. Although human beings have settled on dozens of worlds and created societies ancient enough to have achieved greatness and collapse several times over, only the most limited traces have been found of alien cultures. Now, however, the Qeng Ho, a band of human interstellar traders, have discovered the Spiders, an alien race poised to enter its own space age. Unfortunately, the Qeng Ho must compete with another, less beneficent spacefaring human culture, the Emergents, who are bent on conquest rather than trade. The Spiders have just come out of a two-century-long suspended animation made necessary by the fluctuations of their erratic sun. Their culture is entering a period of explosive growth that could end in tragedy, due in part to a dangerous nuclear arms race and in part to the Emergents' desire to enslave them. Vinge, a professor of mathematics and computer science (at San Diego State), 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. This long, action-packed novel should fully engage any SF reader's sense of wonder, and likely will win the author his sixth Hugo nomination.
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Perfect for people with a brain
Such a beautiful and believable world. Perfect.
I liked this very much- Engrossing read
A complicated and interesting tale of interplanetary traders thousands of years in the future. It took a month to read. It took some effort to get into it, because there are many characters and it has a sort of 'alien' feel to it - so much to learn and remember. Almost a chore. By the end it became very interesting and familiar, I read a few hundred SciFi (Futurist) books in the mid to late Seventies. Over the past year I've read a couple more. I chanced on this, sampled it, then bought it. I am glad I did. I like the authors use of familiar and unfamiliar names for the characters. Also a strange book. The idea of "focus" as slavery of a new sort was intriguing.
One of my favorites
A book that I read every eight years or so. Just enough time for it to be fresh and new again.