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A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought) Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 2000
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“Huge, intricate, and ingenious, with superbly realized aliens:a chilling spellbinding dramatization of the horrors of slavery and mind control.” ―Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
“A feast of imagination. As always, Vinge satisfies with richly imagined worlds and a full-flavored story.” ―Greg Bear
“Wonderfully engaging!” ―Cleveland Plain Dealer
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.
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NEEDED its 700+ pages. I am re-reading it again for my book group and am pleased to report that on re-reading I still feel the same way. EVERY SF fan should read this book.
BUT THIS TIME I read it on my kindle (for only $2.99 thanks to Matchbook pricing, since I bought my hardcopy edition from Amazon in 1999), and I cannot really recommend this book on Kindle without a warning. Like many books, this one switches scenes within the same chapter, e.g., from humans to the "Spiders". The hardcopy contains the conventional blank line that warns the reader of the shift. The Kindle format does not, and the reader is often brought up short as they realize something has changed. My immersion in Vinge's world is interrupted, and my enjoyment suffers.
If the publisher is listening, please reformat your ebook.
Prospective readers, DO get this book, but the choice of medium may be more difficult than usual.
The first novel gave us a species of alien that were a race of collective beings/intelligence. This one turns the bug war theme on its head and shows us a sympathetic species of arachnids. This species is being watched by group of Queng Ho and an antagonistic rival, the Emergent with the hopes the arachnids will develop the technology that will save the humans and allow them to go home.
Spanning over 40 years of objective time, Vinge spins one of the most imaginative SciFi stories I have ever encountered. We have vivid description of the advancing of an alien civilization, we have the back history of the Queng Ho and Pham Nuwen and the conflict between space faring cultures. Vernor Vinge is a mind boggling visionary.
A Deepness in the Sky is science fiction at its very best with believable aliens and even more believable humans. The concepts are mind-boggling, the ideas are abundant and the culmination to the climax is a masterclass.
Vernor Vinge takes his time. 770 pages were needed to reveal, one after the other, the secrets and the evolution of an exotic, and not anthropomorphically bipedal alien civilization (remember, nothing is easy) along with the struggles of human space traders, their ruthless human opponents and the personal apotheosis of one of science fiction’s most intriguing characters, the one and only leader of the Queng Ho, Pham Nuwen.
A Deepness in the Sky is one of the rarest diamonds of science fiction which give the genre a good name.
The book is gripping from beginning to end, spanning thousands of years in narrative. There are dozens of threads going on throughout the book and Vinge manages to keep them all clear and progressing to a very satisfying conclusion.
If you haven't read this book, you are missing out on the best science fiction has to offer, and one hell of an author.
I do recommend reading the first book in this series first. While it is not necessary from a plot angle (as the two stories take part thousands of years away from each other) one of the characters (sort of) in both is more appreciated if encountered in the first book first. The character is one of the best ever in science fiction. I won't say who it is.
Ok 'nuff "book review" gibberish: if you dig hardcore / future SF - you MUST read Virge....I eagerly look forward to devouring all his other works!
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