The Children of the Sky

The Children of the Sky

Paperback Zones of Thought

By (author) Vernor Vinge

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 172mm x 28mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0812579925
  • ISBN 13: 9780812579925
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 35,773

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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.

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Author information

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.

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"Vinge has brilliantly shifted gears, offering a post singularity novel in which the singularity has been destroyed and the formerly advanced humans struggle to cope...the resulting low-tech tale is a sharply crafted masterpiece." "--Publishers Weekly""" "One of the genre's most accomplished writers and storytellers, Vinge has crafted a tale that should captivate his fans and win him a larger and well-deserved audience."--"Library Journal," starred review "Imagine bootstrapping a fallen civilization into transcendence using nothing but a collection of hive-mind Machiavellis, a crippled hyper-advanced spaceship, and a pack of surly, scheming orphaned adolescents. Oh, and then there's the vengeful god ramscooping itself to relativistic speeds a mere 30 light years away. Vinge's explosive imagination and deft storytelling make epics sail past like hummingbirds--you'll steal daytime moments to read more, and lie awake at night contemplating what you've read." --"Boing Boing""""Vernor Vinge's stories and novels have always surprised and entertained me, and "The Children of the Sky" carries on that grand tradition!" --Greg Bear, bestselling author of "Hull Zero Three"""""A Fire Upon the Deep" is one of my all-time favorite works of fiction, so I've been looking forward to "Children of the Sky" for months. I am a particular fan of Vinge's work because, unlike the work of many science fiction writers, his writing is fiction first, with the science and technology a muted part of the background to the story. Vinge always delivers complex, realistic characters the reader can care about, along with a gripping, well-crafted plot that invariably leaves my fingers paper-cut from turning pages so eagerly. And as for the science in Vinge's science fiction, that is also exceptional in its vision and technical integrity. Vinge is undeniably one of the greatest hard science fiction writers to put pen to paper, and he can easily be compared to such greats a