A Deepness in the Sky: Vernor Vinge (S.F. MASTERWORKS)

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A Deepness in the Sky: Vernor Vinge (S.F. MASTERWORKS)

A Deepness in the Sky: Vernor Vinge (S.F. MASTERWORKS)

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It rang so false for me that she wouldn't be more deeply affected by losing years of her life as Nau's plaything. Their world is the sole planet in orbit of OnOff, a brown dwarf that enjoys 35 years of life-giving brightness before dimming for 215 years (hence its name). I thought I had read this novel before--I know it had been sitting on my shelves for years, even somehow had a rating, but I couldn't remember anything about it--for good reason--I'm sure I hadn't read this before--I would have remembered. These ships are equipped with cold storage for humans, so the century-long trips are mostly in status; this means that the Quen Ho travelers/merchants live quite long objectively and indeed, Pham Nuwen here is almost 3000 years old subjectively (and about 300 objective-- gotta love modern medicine! Trilanders να έχουν εντοπίσει εκπομπές από το αστέρι OnOff: ένα παράξενο, μυστηριώδες σύστημα με μονάχα έναν πλανήτη που σβήνει τον εαυτό του για 215 χρόνια από κάθε 250, και έχει προσελκύσει κατά τις χιλιετίες το ενδιαφέρον αστροφυσικών, δύο ανθρώπινες αποστολές, το Qeng Ho και οι Emergents, είναι στα πρόθυρα της πρώτης επαφής με μια εξωγήινη φυλή, καταφθάνοντας για να ανακαλύψουν τους θησαυρούς του κόσμου τους και να μάθουν τα μυστικά του – αλλ�� ο Ezr Vihn, ένας Μαθητευόμενος Έμπορος και κύριος κληρονόμος της Οικογενείας Vihn.

It's this sort of realistic, hard science fiction that promises us no easy answers and makes me wonder if humans are really meant to live in space. Any way, from the half way point onward this book is very involving and you may need a deFocus treatment afterward. He is a product of Emergent society and its values, was raised from birth to be a ruthless and cunning Podmaster.

The two groups of humans are antithetical to one another, each group despises the very principles that the other stands for. Their struggles against ignorance and obsolescent traditions are coloured with oddly human-like descriptions and nomenclature, prefiguring some major plot revelations towards the end of the story. It's a form of literal intellectual slavery, a substitute for the lack of high-performance computing that's the legacy of living in the "Slow Zone" of the galaxy, where no artificial intelligence is possible. Campbell Memorial Award, [3] the 2000 Prometheus Award [4] and the 2004 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for Best Foreign Fiction; [5] as well, it was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel, [6] the 2000 Arthur C.

He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels A Fire Upon The Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999) and Rainbows End (2006), his Hugo Award-winning novellas Fast Times at Fairmont High (2002) and The Cookie Monster (2004), as well as for his 1993 essay "The Coming Technological Singularity", in which he argues that exponential growth in technology will reach a point beyond which we cannot even speculate about the consequences. Now, probably appears in some other science fiction stories, but in this story it is a central feature. No matter how much I try, I can't quite comprehend the time scales involved or the numbers of people who will live and die between my lifetime and Pham Nuwen's. Nevertheless, with the Emergents’ toasts of friendship to have divided the Trading Committee, worrying between the risk of their stay and the potential profit in their joint operations, and coming to an impasse, when their promises prove to be lies, and the very survival of the Qeng Ho depends solely on their willing cooperation, Ezr will find himself in a life he’d never have dreamed, putting him in a role among friends and enemies. Vinge manages to make Tomas a believable antagonist, one whose defeat comes not from his own incompetence but from a combination of betrayal and skillful planning on the part of the protagonists.So they have 35-year generations, each followed by the Dark, through which they hibernate in deepnesses. In any case, although there are plenty of unanswered questions Vinge has left after two books in his Zones of Thought series, the reviews of the third book Children of the Sky are fairly negative, so I’ll try something more promising instead. Looking back on the book I question the relevance of a lot of the information Vinge gives the reader.

Two human groups launch expeditions to the Spider world: the Qeng Ho (pronounced Chung Ho and named after the explorer Zheng He), traders who have developed a common interstellar culture for humanity; and the Emergents, a civilization that enslaves selected human minds and has only recently re-emerged from a Dark Age.

This book is long--and I don't exactly want to advocate adding another 200 pages to it, and yet the ending just seemed overly rushed. The spiders and their culture are of course highly affected by their biology and environment but the characters seem very human.

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