Karla Farley, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Karla Farley)
This has to be the very best science fiction book I have ever had the pleasure to read. The plot is compelling and well thought out, you can't really tell how it will end until it does! Vernor Vinge can keep you hooked and reading for the entire book, with no urge to put it down and do other things. The characters are well constructed and not perfect, which makes them compelling and intriguing. The antagonist gives me chills as they are interesting, evil and strange all in one, you can't help but want to know more about them and see what they will do. And the setting, the author put a lot of time into creating this universe and he did a very good job. I haven't read anything like it before and I doubt I will read one like it again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction or is new to the genre, you won't regret it.
R_Emrys, January 6, 2012 (view all comments by R_Emrys)
Stellar worldbuilding, intimate characterization of both humans and aliens, and some of the most mind-blowing ideas in science fiction... this book is wonderful on every level, and my favorite read of 2011.
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"The author of The Peace War and Marooned in Realtime has created a rarity--a unique blend of hard science, high drama, and superb storytelling" (Library Journal). A rescue mission races against time to save a pair of children being held captive by a medieval lupine race, and recover the weapon that will keep the universe from being changed forever.
In this popular and widely praised novel, a rescue mission races against time to save a pair of human children being held captive by a medieval lupine race-and to recover the weapon that will keep the universe from being changed forever.
In 1992 Vernor Vinge amazed the science fiction world with this epic novel of star-spanning adventure. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, and has since become a landmark in the field. Now, with the long awaited sequel The Children of the Sky about to be published, we are proud to offer the first-ever trade paperback edition of this big-screen SF classic.
A Fire Upon The Deep is the winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
"Fleeing a menace of galactic proportions, a spaceship crashes on an unfamiliar world, leaving the survivors, a pair of children, to the not-so-tender mercies of a medieval, lupine race. Responding to the crippled ship's distress signal, a rescue mission races against time to retrieve the children and recover the weapon they need to prevent the universe from being forever changed."--"Library Journal."
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