alchymyst, November 19, 2011 (view all comments by alchymyst)
Definitely one of my favorite sci-fi reads. I love the way Vinge does aliens -- he does not describe them, he just goes on with the narrative and lets you gradually build a picture of them in your mind.
redqueen42, July 19, 2007 (view all comments by redqueen42)
A Deepness in the Sky is another great read from the mighty Vernor Vinge. This one is hard to put down. It tells the story of two very disparate societies that are forced to live, work, and play together deep in the middle of nowhere for their very survival. Could you work hand-in-hand with people you despise? The story gets much juicier when the traders learn who lives on the planet circling the slumbering star. I won't give anything away, but the ending can't be missed!
A Deepness in the Sky is a quasi-sequel to Fire on the Deep, but they really just share one character in common, so it can stand alone.
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A renowned professor of computer science and mathematics pens a spellbinding novel about two rival trading societies--one good and one evil--that are awaiting a planet's 200-year awakening into a Golden Age of technology so they can pursue commerce with the planet's inhabitants.
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 two 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.
A Deepness in the Sky is a 1999 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel and the winner of the 2000 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
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