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After thousands of years searching, 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 tow hundred and fifty years....

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

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.

Vernor Vinge's previous novel, A Fire Upon the Deep, received the Hugo Award, for which each of his three previous books was a finalist. His short novel True Names is widely acknowledged as a seminal cybernovel by readers and scientists alike. Vinge is also a professor of computer science at San Diego State University.

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel

Winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Winner of the Prometheus Award

After thousands of years of searching, 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—are dramatically opposed in their anticipation of this first contact, for the group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches. But initially, 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 250 years.

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

A Deepness in the Sky is not only a great sci-fi novel—it is a universal drama of courage, love, and self-discovery.

"Huge, intricate, and ingenious, with superbly realized aliens: a chilling, spellbinding dramatization of the horrors of slavery and mind control."—Kirkus Reviews

"A feast of imagination. As always, Vinge satisfies with richly imagined worlds and a full-flavored story."—Greg Bear

"Wonderfully engaging."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This prequel to A Fire upon the Deep demonstrates Vinge's capacity for meticulously detailed culture-building and grand-scale drama."—Library Journal

"This long, action-packed novel should fully engage any SF reader's sense of wonder."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Synopsis:

A return to Arachna, the world of the award-winning A Fire Upon the Deep, journeys back in time thirty thousand years as the Qeng Ho battle the Emergents, and only Pham Numen has a chance to foil the horrendous Emergents' plan. Winner of the Hugo Award. Reissue.

Synopsis:

After thousands of years searching, 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 tow hundred and fifty years....

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

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.

About the Author

Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, science fiction writer Vernor 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 won Hugo Awards for his novels A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) and A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and for the novella "Fast Times at Fairmont High" (2001). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his SF, 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.

He has also 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429915090
Publisher:
Tor
Subject:
Science fiction
Author:
Vinge, Vernor
Author:
Vernor Vinge
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Series Volume:
No. 2 of 2
Publication Date:
20000115
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
774
Dimensions:
6.700 x 4.120 x 1.310 in 0.780 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A return to Arachna, the world of the award-winning A Fire Upon the Deep, journeys back in time thirty thousand years as the Qeng Ho battle the Emergents, and only Pham Numen has a chance to foil the horrendous Emergents' plan. Winner of the Hugo Award. Reissue.
"Synopsis" by ,
After thousands of years searching, 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 tow hundred and fifty years....

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

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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