The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge

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After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable bestselling novel A Fire Upon the Deep.

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 that has taken root since the humans landed.
On a world of fascinating wonders and terrifying dangers, Vernor Vinge has created a powerful novel of adventure and discovery that will entrance the many readers of A Fire Upon the Deep. Filled with the inventiveness, excitement, and human drama that have become hallmarks of his work, this new novel is sure to become another great milestone in Vinge's already stellar career.

One of Library Journal's Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011


About Vernor Vinge

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Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including one for each of his last three novels, A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and Rainbow's End (2006). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his science fiction, he became an iconic figure among cybernetic scientists with the publication in 1981 of his novella "True Names," which is considered a seminal, visionary work of Internet fiction. His many books also include Marooned in Realtime and The Peace War. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, Vinge is the son of geographers. Fascinated by science and particularly computers from an early age, he has a Ph.D. in computer science, and taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University for thirty years. He has gained a great deal of attention both here and abroad for his theory of the coming machine intelligence Singularity. Sought widely as a speaker to both business and scientific groups, he lives in San Diego, California.
Published October 11, 2011 by Tor Books. 446 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Following a horrific tussle with the Blight, a vampire-like predatory intelligence, what's left of the once-godlike Straumli Realm—librarian Ravna, teenagers Johanna and Jefri and others preserved in cold-sleep capsules—is marooned on a planet in the Slow Zone, where complex intelligence, advance...

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The sequel to Vinge's Hugo Award–winning A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) undergoes a jarring but effective change in scope.

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It would be wrong to suggest that I’d been worried about what was happening to Ravna and Pilgrim and their friends since finishing A Fire Upon the Deep in 1992.

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Vernor Vinge is an ethically responsible citizen of the science fiction community.

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SF Site

The Children of the Sky may not rank that high, but it's still a good book with believable characters, a story that needed to be told, and a promise that there is a bigger story yet to come.

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Strange Horizons

Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), to which The Children of the Sky is a direct sequel, was an almost-ultimate space opera involving multiple Singularities and an ingenious first contact story, which explored ideas of identity in mind-expanding ways and contained two great science fictio...

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Willamette Week

And despite some captivating fauna, including the doglike Tines who exhibit human-level intelligence and can communicate telepathically when formed into packs, Tines World is not sufficiently different from Earth.

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