A Deepness in the Sky

Vernor Vinge
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A Deepness in the Sky


A Deepness in the Sky is an exciting far-future story of space-faring human civilizations as well as an interesting arachnid-like alien culture. The story involves the technological development of the arachnid society on a planet that revolves a star which mysteriously turns on and off within a regular 250 cycle. The represented human societies include one that values free trade, and another that values mind control and slavery, so it is always obvious which side is the 'bad guys'. The spiders' story was one of scientific discovery and adventure, while the human story was one of fear, careful schemes, and long-term manipulation. Everything comes together very well in the end, making this yet another Vinge novel that I have enjoyed reading.

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