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Publisher Description

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.

Tor books by Vernor Vinge

Realtime/Bobble Series
The Peace War
Marooned in Realtime

Other Novels
The Witling
Tatja Grimm's World
Rainbows End

Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge
True Names

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy
April 1
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Customer Reviews

therealcolinrobinson ,

Perfect for people with a brain

Such a beautiful and believable world. Perfect.

JRRansom ,

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.

Dlwiii ,

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.

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