A Deepness in the Sky
29 Dec 2005
John Clute review
24 March 2000
>email@example.com (P Nielsen Hayden) wrote:
>>I _would_ like to say that, although I am not Vernor Vinge's editor (that
>>would be Jim Frenkel) and this is not my book, A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY is one
>>of the best traditional-SF novels I have ever read. I read it two months
>>ago and my head is still ringing.
>Can you give some more information on this book?
It's set 30,000 years before A FIRE UPON THE DEEP, about 8,000 years in our
It involves (among other characters) Pham Nuwen and the Qeng Ho.
It's set in the galaxy of the Zones of Thought -- but no one in the book
knows about the Zones. It's all in the Slow Zone, and all involves sublight
travel. As a result, the sense of scope is, oddly, _greater_ than in AFUTD
-- the people in it really are dealing with immense spans of time.
It contains one (1) race of absolutely wonderfully-done aliens, from whose
point of view we see part of the story.
It's an extraordinarily well _written_ clockwork thriller. I have noticed
for a while that each successive book by Vernor Vinge is twice as
well-written as the previous one. In 2009, I expect him to win the Nobel
Prize for Literature.
"So high, so low, so many things to know."
Patrick Nielsen Hayden : firstname.lastname@example.org : http://www.panix.com/~pnh
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