This is top-drawer hard SF--fast-paced, packed with action, intellectually challenging and, above all, capable of invoking SF's grail: a genuine sense of wonder. (Publishers Weekly "Top 10 of 1999" on A Deepness in the Sky)
This new epic shares the breadth of imagination and vivid storytelling which made the earlier book so justly popular. (The Denver Post on A Deepness in the Sky)
Sporting enough action for a dozen Star Wars sequels, A Deepness in the Sky is filled with unsettling images of mind control and slavery. (The Dallas Morning News)
An ingenious and engaging tale of epic proportions, the kind of feast that fans of true science fiction have been hungry for for a long time. (SFSite on A Deepness in the Sky)
A masterful novel. Breathtaking, one of the premier science fiction novels of the past few years. Vinge is truly an original writer. (NOVA Express on A Deepness in the Sky)
Wow! A Deepness in the Sky is his best book yet and is a damn good example of what first-rate SF can be. Besides a good story with good characters, Vinge has enough throwaway ideas in the background for any three books. (Aboriginal SF)
Vast, riveting far-future saga involving evil gods, interstellar war, and manipulative aliens. No summary can do justice to the depth and conviction of Vinge's ideas. The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight; the plot twists and turns with unputdownable tension. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on A Fire Upon the Deep)
With uninterrupted pacing, suspense without contrivance, and deftly drawn aliens who can be pleasantly comical without becoming cute, Vinge offers heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best. (Publishers Weekly (Starred review) on A Fire Upon the Deep)
A wide-screen science fiction epic of the type few writers attempt any more, probably because nobody until Vinge has ever done it well. Has Hugo Winner written all over it. (Washington Post Book World on A Fire Upon the Deep)
About the Author
Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including one for each of his last three novels, A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and Rainbow's End (2006). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his science fiction, he became an iconic figure among cybernetic scientists with the publication in 1981 of his novella "True Names," which is considered a seminal, visionary work of Internet fiction. His many books also include Marooned in Realtime and The Peace War.
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, Vinge is the son of geographers. Fascinated by science and particularly computers from an early age, he has a Ph.D. in computer science, and taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University for thirty years. He has gained a great deal of attention both here and abroad for his theory of the coming machine intelligence Singularity. Sought widely as a speaker to both business and scientific groups, he lives in San Diego, California.