- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; First edition (April 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812536363
- ISBN-13: 978-0812536362
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 225 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rainbows End: A Novel with One Foot in the Future Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2007
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“A Deepness in the Sky more than justifies the old tag 'eagerly anticipated.' It's a space opera dealing with the age-old themes of exploration, first contact, different cultures, exploitation and, inevitably, conflict. An intriguing and mind-stretching epic. Highly recommended.” ―SFX
“When I was young and had to write my address in a school notebook, I would begin with my street and apartment number and then go on through city, county, state, country and continent in a litany of ever more grandiose place names that did not end until I reached ‘Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.' In those days, it thrilled me that my small corner of the Bronx was just a one part of the vastness I could see in the sky at night. This is the feeling I got from reading A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.” ―Gerald Jonas, New York Times Book Review
“Marooned in Realtime is a cracking good story that leaves the reader with plenty to think about. Vernor Vinge draws fine characters and writes a compelling plot. In the end, almost all the mysteries are solved―the only loose ends are those which will leave you pondering the future of Mankind and of the earth for weeks after you finish the book.” ―The Baltimore Sun on Marooned in Realtime
About the Author
Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, two of them in the Zones of Thought series: A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. 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, Rainbows End and The Peace War.
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But this is my first time reading his work.Impressive.
- Very unique, the ideas are novel, and there are plenty of them.(reminds me of Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, although not as “strong”)
-Very “unfriendly” ( crammed with jargons ,reminds me of Blindsight by Petter Watts, but I like it!)
-Very exquisite, I LOVE the characters! The Gu family is so...mesmerizing, making me wanna know more about them. The personalities are well “balanced”,they are ordinary yet extraordinary. They are beautiful yet flawed. They have their problems and dark sides yet they are so lovely!(reminds me of Neuromancer by William Gibson)
-And, incidentally, Rainbows End has very good language.(at least for me, a non-native-English-speaker)
-Meticulous use of language. I am a Chinese and it’s a bit surprising to see a scifi of American origin yet featuring “untypical Americans”, so many people are Chinese and the interjected Chinese(right, legitimate Chnese language, mandarin) are
100%accurate.( Although it’s a bit troublesome for me to switch between Eng and Chnese during the reading experience)
If you like hard-core scifi, this one is a good choice.
(OMG Why am I frittering away my time writing comments on Amazon when there is an imminent major English Exam tomorrow???)
There is a great overarching plot that is really exciting! There is some really interesting well fleshed out characters (such as Rabbit). Awesome book! This is top class Science Fiction! Microsoft take note!
This is a MUST read for any hard-science fiction fan! If you are familiar with Vernor Vinge then you know that you will need to read the book slowly. Sometimes you will need to read something twice. He is a masterful hard science writer but sometimes it can be a little hard to understand what is going on. Just read it again slower and you will have no problem. This is especially true for the opening chapter. DON'T GIVE UP ON IT. Slow down and read it again! It's soooo good.
I liked the ending but understood why some people found it lacking.
In conclusion, if you are a Vernor Vinge fan or a sci-fi fan of any sort then you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. Keep em comming Vinge!
The book incidentally outlines various cataclysms and horrible futures as well (all based in new technologies that are right around the corner, if they aren't here already). But like the characters, they are good and bad at the same time. You simultaneously want the new developments and don't. If I could, I'd learn to wear my wearable computer tomorrow ... but there are downsides (cite: book). I would fight tooth and nail against the SHE, but your opinion may differ from mine. The idea of not driving to work anymore (if I have to go there at all) is a fantastic one, but I would surely lose my temper of I couldn't get the car to stop. I'm also personally (literally) working to help bring ubiquitous computing to the world -- in my own small way.
Here I am, days later, and I'm still wondering which parts are good or evil. What just happened??!