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The Children of The Sky Hardcover – 14 Nov 2011

3.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Zones of Thought Series

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: TOR; First Edition First Printing edition (14 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312875622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312875626
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Imagine bootstrapping a fallen civilization into transcendence using nothing but a collection of hive-mind Machiavellis, a crippled hyperadvanced spaceship, and a pack of surly, scheming orphaned adolescents. Oh, and then there's the vengeful god ramscooping itself to relativistic speeds a mere thirty light years away. Vinge's explosive imagination and deft storytelling make epics sail past like hummingbirds--you'll steal daytime moments to read more, and lie awake at night contemplating what you've read." --Cory Doctorow, bestselling and award-winning author of Little Brother"Vernor Vinge's stories and novels have always surprised and entertained me, and The Children of the Sky carries on that grand tradition!" --Greg Bear, bestselling author of Hull Zero Three"No one has ever crafted a more complex, fascinating, and strangely realistic alien race than Vernor Vinge's marvelous Tines." --David Brin, bestselling author of The Postman and Startide Rising"This is big-scale science fiction at its best." --The Denver Post on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge"With uninterrupted pacing, suspense without contrivance, and deftly drawn aliens who can be pleasantly comical without becoming cute, Vinge offers heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge"There are not too many novels that leave this reader screaming violently for more. Vernor Vinge's has done so." --Locus on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge"When I was young and had to write my address in a school notebook, I would begin with my street and apartment number and then go on through city, county, state, country and continent in a litany of ever more grandiose place names that did not end until I reached 'Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.' In those days, it thrilled me that my small corner of the Bronx was just one part of the vastness I could see in the sky at night. This is the feeling I got from reading A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge." --New York Times Book Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge"No summary can do justice to the depth and conviction of Vinge's ideas. The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight; the plot twists and turns with unputdownable tension. A masterpiece of universe-building." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge"Though Vinge's galaxy is huger than one can begin to grasp, it is, at the same time, entirely seeable in the mind's eye. To find out how he does this trick, how he has managed to create a setting intimate enough to hold a single tale and big enough to tell a thousand, just read the book." --John Clute, Interzone on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge Imagine bootstrapping a fallen civilization into transcendence using nothing but a collection of hive-mind Machiavellis, a crippled hyperadvanced spaceship, and a pack of surly, scheming orphaned adolescents. Oh, and then there's the vengeful god ramscooping itself to relativistic speeds a mere thirty light years away. Vinge's explosive imagination and deft storytelling make epics sail past like hummingbirds--you'll steal daytime moments to read more, and lie awake at night contemplating what you've read. "Cory Doctorow, bestselling and award-winning author of Little Brother" Vernor Vinge's stories and novels have always surprised and entertained me, and "The Children of the Sky "carries on that grand tradition! "Greg Bear, bestselling author of Hull Zero Three" No one has ever crafted a more complex, fascinating, and strangely realistic alien race than Vernor Vinge's marvelous Tines. "David Brin, bestselling author of The Postman and Startide Rising" This is big-scale science fiction at its best. "The Denver Post on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge" With uninterrupted pacing, suspense without contrivance, and deftly drawn aliens who can be pleasantly comical without becoming cute, Vinge offers heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best. "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge" There are not too many novels that leave this reader screaming violently for more. Vernor Vinge's has done so. "Locus on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge" When I was young and had to write my address in a school notebook, I would begin with my street and apartment number and then go on through city, county, state, country and continent in a litany of ever more grandiose place names that did not end until I reached 'Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.' In those days, it thrilled me that my small corner of the Bronx was just one part of the vastness I could see in the sky at night. This is the feeling I got from reading "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge. "New York Times Book Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge" No summary can do justice to the depth and conviction of Vinge's ideas. The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight; the plot twists and turns with unputdownable tension. A masterpiece of universe-building. "Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge" Though Vinge's galaxy is huger than one can begin to grasp, it is, at the same time, entirely seeable in the mind's eye. To find out how he does this trick, how he has managed to create a setting intimate enough to hold a single tale and big enough to tell a thousand, just read the book. "John Clute, Interzone on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge"" Advance praise for "The Children of the Sky" "Imagine bootstrapping a fallen civilization into transcendence using nothing but a collection of hive-mind Machiavellis, a crippled hyperadvanced spaceship, and a pack of surly, scheming orphaned adolescents. Oh, and then there's the vengeful god ramscooping itself to relativistic speeds a mere thirty light years away. Vinge's explosive imagination and deft storytelling make epics sail past like hummingbirds--you'll steal daytime moments to read more, and lie awake at night contemplating what you've read." --Cory Doctorow, bestselling and award-winning author of "Little Brother""Vernor Vinge's stories and novels have always surprised and entertained me, and "The Children of the Sky "carries on that grand tradition!" --Greg Bear, bestselling author of "Hull Zero Three""No one has ever crafted a more complex, fascinating, and strangely realistic alien race than Vernor Vinge's marvelous Tines." --David Brin," "bestselling author of "The Postman "and "Startide Rising"Raves for "A Fire Upon the Deep "by Vernor Vinge"This is big-scale science fiction at its best." --"The Denver Post""With uninterrupted pacing, suspense without contrivance, and deftly drawn aliens who can be pleasantly comical without becoming cute, Vinge offers heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best." --"Publishers Weekly, " Starred Review"There are not too many novels that leave this reader screaming violently for more. Vernor Vinge's has done so." --"Locus""When I was young and had to write my address in a school notebook, I would begin with my street and apartment number and then go on through city, county, state, country and continent in a litany of ever more grandiose place names that did not end until I reached 'Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.' In those days, it thrilled me that my small corner of the Bronx was just one part of the vastness I could see in the sky at night. This is the feeling I got from reading "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge." --"New York Times Book Review""""No summary can do justice to the depth and conviction of Vinge's ideas. The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight; the plot twists and turns with unputdownable tension. A masterpiece of universe-building." --"Kirkus Reviews, " Starred Review"Though Vinge's galaxy is huger than one can begin to grasp, it is, at the same time, entirely seeable in the mind's eye. To find out how he does this trick, how he has managed to create a setting intimate enough to hold a single tale and big enough to tell a thousand, just read the book." --John Clute, "Interzone"

About the Author

Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including one for each of his last three novels, A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and Rainbow's End (2006). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his science fiction, 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. His many books also include Marooned in Realtime and The Peace War.Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, 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 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.



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