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Zones of Thought: A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge Omnibus) [Paperback]

Vernor Vinge
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21 Oct 2010 Vernor Vinge Omnibus

The Hugo Award winning A FIRE UPON THE DEEP and its epic companion novel A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY, set in the same universe but 20,000 years earlier, were benchmarks for SF in the last decade of the 20th century.

In FIRE 'Vinge presents a galaxy divided into Zones - regions where different physical constraints allow very different technological and mental possibilities. Earth remains in the "Slowness" zone, where nothing can travel faster than light and minds are fairly limited. The action of the book is in the "Beyond", where translight travel and other marvels exist, and humans are one of many intelligent species. One human colony has been experimenting to find a path to the "Transcend", where intelligence and power are so great as to seem godlike. Instead they release the Blight, an evil power, from a billion-year captivity.' Publisher's Weekly

In DEEPNESS, 'the story has the same sense of epic vastness despite happening mostly in one isolated solar system. Here there's a world of intelligent spider creatures who traditionally hibernate through the "Deepest Darkness" of their strange variable sun's long "off" periods, when even the atmosphere freezes. Now, science offers them an alternative. Meanwhile, attracted by spider radio transmissions, two human starfleets come exploring--merchants hoping for customers and tyrants who want slaves. Their inevitable clash leaves both fleets crippled, with the power in the wrong hands, which leads to a long wait in space until the spiders develop exploitable technology. Over the years Vinge builds palpable tension through multiple storylines and characters.' Dave Langford


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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575093692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575093690
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

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
5.0 out of 5 stars About to read yet again on Kindle 15 April 2011
By Collers
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Convinced 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading more than once. 7 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hard One to Review 15 Oct 2013
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I adore the Tines, so I loved the first book, 'A Fire Upon the Deep'. Vernor Vinge at his best and most original. Both humans and Tines are so well portrayed; fascinating and touching. The second book, which is really a prequel, is not so much to my taste . Much more macho and scientific. More of an adventure story and I found it hard to identify or be in sympathy with the characters. But, as always, well written.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Badly over-rated 5 Aug 2013
By Christopher Burns VINE VOICE
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Been reading this on and off for about a month in little snippets, and frankly, I'm really struggling and on the verge of just binning it. The entire package is about 900 pages, and I'm about a quarter of the way in. The pacing is glacial, I'm finding the characters frankly uninteresting, but what's mainly very irritating is that even after a couple of hundred pages there's so little exposition of anything much. The prose is rather dense, and it simply seems to take a hell of a long time for anything of interest to actually happen.

I wouldn't bother, frankly.
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