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A Deepness in the Sky [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Vernor Vinge
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Mai 2000
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.

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  • Taschenbuch: 774 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books; Auflage: Reprint (Mai 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0812536355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812536355
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,4 x 3,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (78 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 64.821 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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This hefty novel returns to the universe of Vernor Vinge's 1993 Hugo winner A Fire Upon the Deep--but 30,000 years earlier. The story has the same sense of epic vastness despite happening mostly in one isolated solar system. Here there's a world of intelligent spider creatures who traditionally hibernate through the "Deepest Darkness" of their strange variable sun's long "off" periods, when even the atmosphere freezes. Now, science offers them an alternative... Meanwhile, attracted by spider radio transmissions, two human starfleets come exploring--merchants hoping for customers and tyrants who want slaves. Their inevitable clash leaves both fleets crippled, with the power in the wrong hands, which leads to a long wait in space until the spiders develop exploitable technology. Over the years Vinge builds palpable tension through multiple storylines and characters. In the sky, hopes of rebellion against tyranny continue despite soothing lies, brutal repression, and a mental bondage that can convert people into literal tools. Down below, the engagingly sympathetic spiders have their own problems. In flashback, we see the grandiose ideals and ultimate betrayal of the merchant culture's founder, now among the human contingent and pretending to be a senile buffoon while plotting, plotting... Major revelations, ironies, and payoffs follow. A powerful story in the grandest SF tradition. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Huge, intricate, and ingenious, with superbly realized aliens: a chilling spellbinding dramatization of the horrors of slavery and mind control."--"Kirkus Reviews "(pointer review) "A feast of imagination. As always, Vinge satisfies with richly imagined worlds and a full-flavored story."--Greg Bear "Wonderfully engaging!"--"Cleveland Plain Dealer"

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Deeper Symmetry than Some Realize 15. Juli 1999
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Some have questioned the relation between A Deepness in the Sky and A Fire Upon the Deep, complaining that, aside from being in the same universe and sharing one character, that they have nothing in common.
I beg to differ.
A Deepness in the Sky is a Fire Upon the Deep turned inside out. There is a brilliant symmetry between the two novels and I definitely believe that either novel is enhanced by the reading of the other.
AFUtD was grand space opera. It was also representative of what Mr. Vinge hopes the future can be: unlimited vistas and boundless advances in technology. As a consequence, the book had a tendency to focus on its grand vision to the detriment of its characters, who ended up feeling flattened by comparison (read some of the Amazon customer reviews for AFUtD to see what I mean).
ADitS, by contrast, represents Mr. Vinge's fear of what the future may hold for us. If technology does, in fact, plateau at some level and if the technological singularity is never achieved, Mr. Vinge predicts that humanity will be doomed to an endless sequence of technological rises and falls. ADitS makes, in my opinion, some very good cases for this. As a consequence, even though the book is chock full of high technology, with respect to our civilization, and even though it imagines humanity spread among the stars, it manages to convey a sense of claustrophobia - especially for those who have read AFUtD. Because the universe is so "cramped", the focus of the novel is directed (with almost painful intensity) upon the characters of the novel.
This novel is long and it has more than its fair share of depressing aspects. I can not, however, think of anything that ought to have been subtracted from it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tour de Force! 8. April 1999
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Sequels to award winning novels are always somewhat of a disappointment, especially when those novels are of the scope and vision of Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep" and prequels to award winning novels are even harder to write since you know what is going to happen in the next novel. However Vernor Vinge has managed to write a prequel to "A Fire Upon the Deep" that is if anything better than that novel and which can be read independently of it without losing anything. The characterization in "A Deepness in the Sky" is far better than it was in A Fire Upon the Deep, the aliens are better characterized and the descriptions of the Qeng Ho interstellar trading empire are fascinating as is the lead character, Pham Nuwen. I got this book last week and read it straight through without being able to put it down, even when I was going through passport control at the Munich airport.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thought provoking. Nice tension, but... 4. April 1999
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Vinge is one of my favorite authors and I ordered this book before it was published. I highly recommend his previous novel FIRE UPON THE DEEP, and maybe it was high expectations that left me wanting more from this new novel. The story has a superb ending "twist" but sacrifices much to achieve it. The nice things is, you can read the book twice and glean much anew. But it makes for a tiring first read: e.g. why the heck don't the aliens meet the humans until so near the ending. Ahhh, that's why. Still, this plot device made some sections numbingly long.
All that said, I really do treasure the vision this book puts forth. It doesn't get more real than this, and that is what makes it exciting: no warp speed or photon torpedos -- Vinge creates a window into our tomorrow, and there is much to learn from it. Also, I've read some cracks on the author that he doesn't do characterization -- not true. The characters in the book are richly textured. The action is taut, and captivating. Vinge deserves tremendous praise, fame, and fortune for this work.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Re: anthropomorphic spiders? Not really! 30. September 1999
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A number of readers here have complained that Vinge made the spiders too human, but what Vinge was doing was actually pretty clever and original, I thought. As is made clear about half way through the book, and again at the end, the spider episodes have been deliberately filtered by the focussed translator for human consumption - and what we are reading is literally those filtered accounts. We see the true alien nature of the spiders only at the end of the book when they are seen through the eyes of the other characters - and we learn that even physical details of their environment - such as the nature of the stairs - have been altered by the translator. We are also told that the translator peppered her narrative with references to Dawn Age fantasy stories. So, basically, I think Vinge was being quite canny!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Read this book - with caveats 17. Februar 2000
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First, the bad part:
The novel is disturbed. There are some fairly harsh descriptions of things in here, and they are done in such a matter of fact way that it's fairly unpleasant to read. Mosts authors would revel in the inhumanity of the antagonists, rather than simply put it out there for your consideration.
In addition, the ending is really irritating. It's pure Deus ex machina. You know what has to happen, you figure there's no way it will, then it does. There is a neat twist, but it's still dissatisfying.
On the other hand, the book is a very good read, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I prefer Fire Upon the Deep, but let's face it - most novels aren't that good. Deepness is still a fine book, and better than most of the hackwork that's currently available.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Meisterwerk!
Eines der grandiosesten Bücher, die ich das Glück hatte, lesen zu dürfen. An dieser Stelle zwangen mich die amazon-Richtlinien, mehr Buchstaben zu investieren,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 6 Monaten von Magdalena veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Very Bad
When giving only one star I'm not refering to the content of the book. Here I can strongly follow the other readers and would gladly give 5 stars. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. Mai 2010 von scifiharlekin
5.0 von 5 Sternen Exzellentes SciFi, keine gewöhnliche Story
Ich habe mir beide Bücher, "A Deepness In The Sky" und "A Fire Upon The Deep" gleichzeitig gekauft und sie in chronologischer Reihenfolge gelesen (also zuerst den hier... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Traditional" Science Fiction Doesn't Get Much Better
This is, technically, a prequel to A FIRE UPON THE DEEP (a magnificent but possibly less involving book). Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2000 von Amazon Customer
5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb Science Fiction
I read 'A fire upon the deep' a few years ago -(after Archie and Veronica became more than comic characters but before Yahoo symbolized anything other than a local yokel) it was... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2000 von knightfall
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best SF Novel of 1999
This is a wonderful SF novel. It's the first novel in a while to really engage me on the sense of wonder level, and to again awaken the feelings of awe and of "I want to be... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2000 von Richard R. Horton
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Science Fiction Book Ever Written
I read this book for the first time shortly after it came outlast year, and over a year later I'm still reading it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Good stuff, thought-provoking as always
Not as grand and universe-spanning as "A Fire Upon the Deep": "Deepness" takes place entirely in the Slow Zone, the part of the galaxy where you can't travel... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juni 2000 von David M. Chess
5.0 von 5 Sternen Sci-fi at it's best!
This book is one of few which portrays a future for human life which seems all too real. Despite the high technology of the civilization, many of us sci-fi readers dream of a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juni 2000 von Mike Foroobar
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Stunning and Engrossing Tale
There are many delightful aspects to this well-written work. Its most stunning quality is its clever, complex, and detailed look at first contact and the intricacies of a truly... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Juni 2000 von Joshua Villines
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