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A Deepness in the Sky

I just finished reading A Deepness in the Sky, a science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge. Predictably, I loved it, even though it took me several months to finish. I've got to get my hands on more of Vinge's recent work; happily, more will be forthcoming. I'd already read A Fire Upon the Deep, but I wonder whether his mid-1980s books like The Peace War and Marooned in Realtime will seem dated to me.

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barawn
Apr. 4th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
A Deepness in the Sky is a sequel, right?

I really should just go out and get it. I loved A Fire Upon the Deep, and I'm novel-starved now. Especially as I just finished Card's Shadow of the Giant and Donaldson's The Runes of Earth, and neither of those authors is particularly quick about writing new books.
radhardened
Apr. 4th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Deepness is a sequel in the sense that it was written after Fire, but it takes place earlier in Vinge's universe than Fire. I could see reading them in either order.
barawn
Apr. 4th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
That's right, now I remember. I was a little skeptical of it at first (mainly because I actually wanted a sequel to Fire, and I was still an undergrad when it came out, and thus poor). So it is good, then?

So I saw on the page you linked that Vinge's next novel will be a sequel to Deepness. I wonder where it'll be.

rezendi
Apr. 4th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
I don't think either Marooned or Peace War will seem dated. I didn't think the latter was all that great, but its flaws were not anachronistic. (True Names might, a little, but it's worth reading for its First Cyberspace Story historical value.)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 5th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
Vinge's older stuff
After liking Deepness ITS and Fire ITD so much, I went out and bought used _all_ of Vinge's works. And they are all very good, and not dated that much at all. The Peace War series has parts set in the 90s, so of course that's a bit off, but it didn't make the book any worse. He even predicted the LOTR movies, though he had Spielberg direct them. "The Witling" is quite good, as is "Tatja Grim's World". I only wish there were more books by him.
chromal
Apr. 19th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Aah, Vinge's stuff is great. Joan Vinge's Summer/Winter Queen is also good. (Joan Vinge is Vernor Vinge's ex-wife, FWIW).

I've read most of Vernor's work. I really loved A Deepness in the Sky, maybe even a little more than A Fire Upon the Deep. Peace War and Marooned each have their own unique flavor despite existing in a shared contect. I'd definitely suggest reading Peace War first if you go that route. Some aspects of it seem a little quaint now, although the tinkers' software/hardware expertise is a sort of idealistic continuation of the open source software mindset, which was still quite fledgling when Vernor wrote it, I think back in the 80s.

I also suggest you check otu The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge, which can be had used for a song. Some of the shorts in it are better than others, but if you like Vinge's voice, there's some fun stuff.
radhardened
Apr. 19th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
Coincidentally, we talked about Vinge's earlier work today in a scifi discussion club at work (one of the members is re-reading Marooned in Realtime). I went ahead and ordered Peace War and Marooned. I'm sure I'd like his short stories, but before I plunge in to a book of 'em I'm trying to get my hands on an October 2003 issue of Analog so I can finish reading “The Cookie Monster.”
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