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Publisher's Summary

Vernor Vinge established himself as one of our greatest living science-fiction writers with his critically acclaimed, best-selling, Hugo Award-winning novel A Fire Upon the Deep. Now he returns to the captivating universe of that book, transporting us back 30,000 years.

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.

©1999 Vernor Vinge; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Epic Space opera

Again Vinge weaved multiple converging cultures and stories to build an epic story.
Larking did a good job giving the different characters identifiability, but this solo performance could have been a true opera with a fuller cast of male & female voices.

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Fantastic gripping story

I loved the way the book kept giving me new an fantastic twists and turns

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genius work!

so by some twist of fate I started the zones of thought series here and I fell in love, definitely a solid independent story. the author is truly a genius and master of his craft. a truly unique look at alien life in a really positive and meaningful way. what a wonderful universe Vernor has created so clever and plausible and deep. also very dark at times, with the very mature themes of betrayal, manipulation, love, exploitation, conspiracy, power, the nature of consciousness and contact with ET. very smart read

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Fantastic and Unique

It was a little hard to get into, as the world was so unique. I, however was soon enveloped and couldn't shut it off!

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God damned amazing at all scales

Vernor Vingeb is an absolute genius, you must read this book. I loved 'A Fire Upon the Deep' but this was so much better in almost every regard.

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A really good book, highly recommend!

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I can see why this won the Hugo award. A really good story with well developed characters. An interesting plot with twists and turns. The only thing I would change would be the preformance. I think that the tone of the performance should be more dark and ominous.

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Awesome prequel to The Fire in the Deep

I found both his books difficult in the first few chapters as we're introduced to such imaginatively different characters and technology. But, once I understand the strangeness of this new universe, I'm totally enthralled with the story. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys strongly character driven sci-fi.

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Great Story, Poor Performance

What did you like best about A Deepness in the Sky? What did you like least?

The story is great. The performance was inappropriate. The voice is not without talent, but he has a matter-of-fact quality that is very wrong for certain parts of the story, especially the sex scenes which he makes very creepy and unlistenable, I ended up putting this down before finishing because the reader gave me the creeps. Not recommended. Maybe I will read this one soon.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Larkin’s performances?

Nope.

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Great book. Great reader.

totally worth the time and money. engaging, exciting, I can't wait to read/listen to the next one.

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Great Story if you like a lot of politicking

What made the experience of listening to A Deepness in the Sky the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the place the story eventually took me to.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending and learning about the aliens

What does Peter Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Felt as though I was there.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

NA

Any additional comments?

I love the Peter F Hamilton books this was not like that, however it had similarities.It would be nice if there was more to keep my interest up, as it's a long book.The book did drag on in places, and I had trouble remembering who was who.It did win a HUGO award, so maybe its just not my style of book so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Judge for yourself.<br/>ps It's also a bit like Brian Aldis's Helliconia trilogy, but sadly not as good, as I was riveted by that.