- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (13 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857988515
- ISBN-13: 978-1857988512
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Deepness in the Sky (S.F. Masterworks) Paperback – 13 Apr 2000
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This hefty novel returns to the Universe of Vernor Vinge's 1973 Hugo win ner A Fire Upon the Deep--but 30,000 years earlier. It 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 only crippled remnants of both fleets, with power in the wrong hands, leading to a long wait in space until the spiders develop exploitable technology. Over the years Vinge builds compelling tension through multiple story lines and characters. In the sky, hopes of rebellion against tyranny continue despite soothing lies, brutal repression and a mental bondage that can convert people into literal tools. Down below, the engagingly sympathetic spiders have their own problems. In flashback, we see the grandiose ideals and ultimate betrayal of the merchant culture's founder, now among the human contingent and pretending to be a senile buffoon while plotting, plotting. Major revelations, ironies and payoffs follow. A powerful story in the grandest SF tradition. -- David Langford
Epic science fiction from the master of the genre - prequel to A FIRE UPON THE DEEP long awaited by his many fansSee all Product description
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Written in the same universe as his first book but linked only by a single character, this is a wonderful character driven novel. The science element of it is interesting but plays second fiddle to the development of the three protagonist cultures. Characters are built up and stand within their own very strong personalities; these personalities then flow through the various plans and overall story to create a highly engaging and enjoyable work.
Ironically have read Adrian Tchaikovsky's novel "Children of Time", which is about Spiders, I then read Vinge's first book about dogs, this book - his second "A Fire upon the Deep" - about Spiders, and now I've returned to a second Tchaikovksy book "The Dogs of War"! I'm going to have to read something about humans soon ;-)
My only regret is that his third book, which follows his first, only seems to be available as an out of print paper copy - booooo!!!
Fleecy Moss, author of the Folio 55 series (writing as Nia Sinjorina), End of a Girl & Undon now available on Amazon.
This is a prequel to A Fire Upon the Deep, set in the days of the Qeng Ho from which Pham Nuwen rose. It's works perfectly fine as a standalone novel and in my opinion even outshines it's great predecessor.
The zones so important to the first book are merely hinted upon here, but this novel features the most fascinating and detailed description of an alien society I've read (even beating that in The Mote Series. You can't help but like the creepy looking aliens, while the humans in the story often behave at their most despicable. Other engrossing facets are the rise of a technological society, the cold war setting and the fallacy of trusting manipulated information, computer networks and "unbreakable" encryption. Not to mention the rather unique world (or solar system) in which most of the story takes place.
A book packed full of interesting concepts and characters, this is a must read for any fellow nerd.
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