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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575093692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575093690
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 6.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vinge's masterpieces together at last, in one epic volume.

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Born in 1944, Vernor Vinge is one of the giants of the SF field. Vinge re-invigorated Space Opera with these two books. The critically acclaimed RAINBOW'S END took his career into the 21st century in spectacular fashion.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kafusha on 19 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
Prior to starting this book, I wasn't convinced that I'd enjoy it. And after reading the first chapter I still wasn't convinced... but somewhere between the end of the first chapter and a third of the way through the first story I realised I was absolutely and completely engrossed. Both stories are epic, the characters well fleshed out, and the overall pace of the stories are perfect. I'm a huge Peter F Hamilton fan, and I now add Vernor Vinge to my all time favourite sci-fi authors alongside Hamilton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Collers on 15 April 2011
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Vernor Vinge is not an author I've heard talked about in the UK, but I was introduced to "A Fire Upon The Deep" about 18 years ago by a friend. I loved it, and when I wanted to read it again a few years later bought my own copy which I have read several times. Now I'm buying this Omnibus on Kindle simply to read "A Fire Upon The Deep" again, but I am so excited to realise that a second book exists and to read that as well.

"A Fire Upon The Deep" is brilliantly written with some of the most inventive alien races I have ever come accross. Rather than the standard humanoid aliens (though those are present as well) great imagination has gone into what other sorts of races could exist (I just love the pack mind characters). That along with Galatic Zones allowing medieval to go along side spaceships and far future makes for a gripping book. I found myself absorted from the beginning. I am just so glad I can read it again on my Kindle.

I don't usually write reviews... but just had to for this book because it has to be among the best I have ever read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TheFlyer on 7 Jan. 2011
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Vernor Vinge isn't a name in the UK and I don't know why but it could be that he has not been as prolific a writer as some. I discovered him in the States about a decade ago when I bought a book from a second hand stall. If someone told me that Iain M Banks and Alastair Reynolds had borrowed their themes from VV I would not be surprised. Intelligent, complex stories. Elegantly written. Here we have universe that you want to go to - with alien, aliens. The idea of a galaxy where zones limit the upper limit of complexity gives a backdrop for variety where medieval rubs up against the future.

What else? Well we have Powers (think a cross between Banks' Minds and a Transcended Race), Perversions/Blight (Godlike hegemonizing swarms) and aliens so odd that they make every other writer look a bit short changed in the imagination dept. Like so many other great sci-fi writers he has a doctorate in physics which keeps his universe believable and intelligent. Good plots, solid characters you believe in. Please read it and then tell me that Skroderiders are not the most appealing and loveable species ever dreamed up. If they don't exist out there, they should.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on 15 July 2013
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There are so many brillint things about these 2 books that i don't know where to begin! After finishing each story i was left with a sence of satisfation and happiness, especially after 'a deepness in the sky.' Most people will say 'a fire upon the deep' is better, but i like 'a deepness in the sky' best. :)They are both unique stories of alien races and galactic civilisations. It's very hard to desribe as so much happens.

I love the way Vernor Vinge describes the alien races and makes them so individual and interesting. Especially in 'a fire upon the deep' where he describes a group mind alien with many of the species grouped together to form a whole.'A fire upton the deep' is about a life form coming into being that can control minds and starts taking over large sections of the univese. A few survivors who escaped it land on a planet nobody has ever been to before where the group mind aliens live. They do not have a technological society, but with the influence of the humans that all changes quickly.

'A deepness in the sky' is about 2 groups of people from different societies, 1 of them traders called the Queng Ho who are traveling to the 'on off star' light years away from all civilisation to investigate radio transmitions coming from a planet there. This is strange as the star has long periods of time where it dims and does not provide enough light to give life. However they all get trapped there with no chance of getting back and have to wait watching the planet and it's inhabitants until they have enough technology to help them rebuild their starships. There is trechary and hardships experience by everybody who is stuck in space. You get to see the view points of the people in space and the aliens living on the planet.This book is well worth the time and money. He has leapt to 1 of my fav. authors!

Enjoy x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2012
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A Fire upon the Deep is half broad canvas space opera, half mediaeval fantasy.

This is a universe divided into "Zones of Thought". Near galactic cores, what we understand as the laws of physics hold, in the "slowness". The speed of light limits speed of thought, of electronic processing, and of travel.

Above lies the Beyond in which multiple species interact in a galactic civilisation. Above that, species have ascended to short lived god like status in the top (perhaps?) layer, the Transcendence.

In the Beyond, humans, who, as a race, have escaped the slowness at the bottom (at a time when, bizarrely judging by the names, Iceland seems to have won the struggle for cultural dominance) have awakened an ancient evil, a "perversion". A single ship escaping the catastrophe, and unknowingly carrying the counter to the evil crashlands on a backward world where canine creatures have evolved a pack-like telepathic/ultrasonic intelligence and fight wars with swords and crossbows

On the other side of the galaxy, a young human woman, her artificially created lover and their alien (apparent) allies, escape an attack by the perversion, seeking to take over both Beyond and Transcendence, and set out to recover the countermeasure. To add spice to their quest (yup, another quest novel) they are pursued by forces under the control of their adversay and by opportunists who blame humanity for the disaster and are seeking to eradicate homo-sapiens.

The space opera part of the book delivers vast space battles and huge artificial habitats, while the fantasy element provides scheming villains seeking to undermine rightful rulers.
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