After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are 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 250 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.
Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2000
"This prequel to A Fire Upon the Deep demonstrates Vinge's capacity for meticulously detailed culture-building and grand-scale sf drama." ( Library Journal)
"Major revelations, ironies, and payoffs.... A powerful story in the grandest SF tradition." (Amazon.com review)
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By Amen-Ra on 26-01-2011
A science fiction classic
This book won the Hugo award for good reason. It has everything you want from a scifi epic. The characters were very believable and very interesting. The villains were over the top, and worth while for the most part. The concepts featured in the book about the state of human civilization were extremely interesting, and the conclusion to the book was worth while. I read a fire upon the deep. It was a good book but the ending was unsatisfying. Although this book was set on a far smaller stage than a fire upon the deep, it came much closer to home when it spoke of the state of the human condition. I here that Verner Vinge is writing another book set in this Universe. The sequeal to a fire upon the deep. I will be very interested in reading it, but I am even more interested in reading about Pham Nuwen, and a sequal to A deepness in the sky.
The only gripe that I had about this book was that it was a bit long, and seemed to drag on at times. Other than that the book was excellent. The only scifi book that I would rate above it was Hyperion.
One more thing. The Narrator Peter Larkin is among the best I have ever listened to. His acting is impeccable and his voices bring life to the story. I highly recommend this book.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
By James on 21-03-2010
Long but good
While there exists better voice acting, the story is strong enough to pull one through most of the strange vocal affectations and pronunciations, some of which is normal to a single narrator effort. For myself, character development and plot support are required for engagement. Vinge has this, and while there is a lot of backstory, it is needed for character motivations. I enjoyed the whole ziphead thing and much more. But if you are not into hard scifi, then go to those writing the fast action versions that use more common phraseology and shorter sentence structures. Myself - I appreciate Vinge winding narrative, logical plot development and creativity.
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By mr on 04-05-2018
Complex and rewarding.
The depth of detail and ideas is quite dense. The complexity of the names and factions make this a book that demands an engaged mind. But it very well worth it!
By W. B. Quigley on 06-01-2018
very compelling but a bit too out there in places.
will listen to another by this author and narrator. found it hard to put down.