A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2) by Vernor Vinge

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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.

Title : A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2)
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ISBN : 0812536355
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 775 pages


Matt rated it ★★★★★

December 18, 2008

In the 'The Sixth Sense', the character Malcolm tries to tell a story. Unfortunately, it's a bad story, which Cole immediately picks up on, and comments, "You have to add some twists and stuff." I tend to think that the essence of a well-crafted story is the unexpected. A good story has unexpected...

Apatt rated it ★★★★☆

January 24, 2015

Vernor Vinge, a scientist who can tell a good yarn, another anomaly among genre writers, the other anomalous authors being China Miéville and David Brin, and they are all bald! Makes me want to shave my head, I bet Patrick Stewart can write amazing books if he wanted to, make it so Pat! A few mont...

Stuart rated it ★★★☆☆

January 31, 2018

A Deepness in the Sky: Might have been interesting at half the length Originally posted at Fantasy Literature A Fire Upon the Deep was a big success for Vernor Vinge, winning the 1993 Hugo Award. Seven years later, he followed up with A Deepness in the Sky, set 20,000 years earlier in the same univ...

Connie rated it ★★★★☆

December 31, 2011

4.5 stars. First--This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time, and, despite the fact that it doesn't quite earn a 5 star rating from me (more on that later), I would highly recommend the book to anyone who's remotely interested in science fiction. It's a testament to the book th...

David rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

I love science fiction stories that incorporate novel concepts, and this one introduces several intriguing concepts. First, there is the variable sun that goes through a long on-off cycle. Second, there are the alien creatures living on a planet in the sun's system that have evolved to live thro...

Efka rated it ★★★★★

March 02, 2017

Apie pirmąją šios trilogijos knygą, "Liepsnojančios gelmės: Pirma knyga", rašiau, kad nebloga, kad faina, kad nerd friendly. Tai šita, antroji, visiškai perspjovė pirmąją. Pagal idėją, viziją, vystymą, sociumo kūrimą ir netgi intelektinį siužeto suplanavimą ši knyga niekuo nenusileidžia net pačia...

Maria rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

Cu mii de ani înainte ca omenirea să descopere existența Zonelor Gânditoare, Qeng Ho, o organizație interplanetară a comercianților, a recepționat o serie de semnale ce ar indica prezența unei specii inteligente în apropierea straniei Stelei Fluctuante. Entuziasmul posibilității stabilirii unui c...

mark rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2013

I was imagining a movie version while I was reading this one. half of the movie would be animated and would feature adorable spider-aliens. love those aliens. but I don't know what I'd do about the endless cycle of rape and mind control that happens to a particularly sympathetic character. I don'...

Ben rated it ★★★★★

October 11, 2010

I don't know about you, but I spend an inordinate amount of time meditating upon the far future of humanity. I don't just worry about the future of my generation, or the future of the generation after mine, or the future of a couple of generations down the line. I'm talking one-, ten-, fifty-thou...

kat rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 12, 2012

I honestly have no idea how to even rate this. Objectively, it's a very solid book. Vinge's prose is kind of dry and his habit of throwing a bunch of hints at you before really telling you what's going on is alternately effective and obnoxious. I found the first few hundred pages terribly hard to...

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