By Vernor Vinge
After millions of years looking out, people stand at the verge of first touch with an alien race. human teams: the Qeng Ho, a tradition of unfastened investors, and the Emergents, a ruthless society in response to the technological enslavement of minds.
The staff that opens exchange with the extraterrestrial beings will gain unbelievable riches. yet first, either teams needs to wait on the aliens' very doorstep for his or her unusual megastar to relight and for his or her planet to reawaken, because it does each 200 and fifty years....
Then, following bad treachery, the Qeng Ho needs to struggle for his or her freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents in the world less than, whereas the extraterrestrial beings themselves play a job unsuspected through the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.
More than simply an exceptional technology fiction experience, A Deepness within the Sky is a common drama of braveness, self-discovery, and the redemptive strength of love.
A Deepness within the Sky is a 1999 Nebula Award Nominee for most sensible Novel and the winner of the 2000 Hugo Award for top Novel.
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She asked the cousin nearest. "Last I heard," the woman said. " She threw an involuntary glance at the desk clock and walked on through, burdenless, putting her dog tags to rights again, dodging past cousins with last-minute business in cargo, mostly maintenance who were taking wastage to the chute, and now and again someone with a personal bit of debris to jettison, a nuisance that should have been run through comp before now, but there was always someone trying to break through the line of incomers with something outgoing.
And once, just once to see what others had, what life was like outside that terror, with the fancy bars and the fancy sleepovers and a woman with something other than larceny in mind— He had never had a place to go before, never had a destination. He had lived in this narrow compartment most of his life and only planned what he would do to avoid the traps behind him. Pell, Allison Reilly said; and deals; and it agreed with the rumors, that there were routes opening, hope— hope for marginers like him.
No one sane would head into jump alone, with a comp that had no backup, with trank and food and water taped to the board: he told himself so, making his prep, darting glances back to comp and scan, listening to the buoy beeping steadily, watching them track right down the line. He put the trank into his arm. It was time for that… to dull the senses which were about to be abused. Not one jump to face… but three; and if he missed on one of them, he reckoned, he would never know it. There was speculation as to what it was to be strung out in the between, and speculation about what the human mind might start doing once the drugs wore off and there was no way back.