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A Deepness in the Sky 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
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  • Book 1

    • A Deepness in the Sky

    • By: Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
    • Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 929
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 944

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A science fiction classic

    • By Amen-Ra on 01-26-11

    Regular price: $63.93

  • Book 2

    • A Fire Upon the Deep

    • By: Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,504
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,245
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,254

    A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a wild, wacky, awesome book!

    • By Noah on 06-20-10

    Regular price: $51.93

  • Book 3

    • The Children of the Sky

    • By: Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 27 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 444
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 401

    Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power. And no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The story isn't over yet

    • By Heidi on 11-03-11

    Regular price: $33.59

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