The Children of the Sky

The Children of the Sky

Vinge, Vernor

Book 3.0 of Zones of Thought

Language: English

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: Oct 11, 2011

Words: 219098
Pages: 811


**The Children of the Sky continues the epic scifi adventure of Hugo award-winning *A Fire Upon the Deep*!** **“Vinge is one of the best visionary writers of SF today.” **—**David Brin** Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures, and technology, can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence. Ten years have passed on Tines World, and Ravna and the children have survived a war. 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. **Tor books by Vernor Vinge** * * * **Realtime/Bobble Series** *****The Peace War* *Marooned in Realtime* **** **Other Novels** *****The Witling* *Tatja Grimm's World* *Rainbows End* **** **Collections** *****Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge* *True Names* At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. ** ### Review Advance praise for *The Children of the Sky*: “Imagine bootstrapping a fallen civilization into transcendence using nothing but a collection of hive-mind Machiavellis, a crippled hyperadvanced spaceship, and a pack of surly, scheming orphaned adolescents. Oh, and then there’s the vengeful god ramscooping itself to relativistic speeds a mere thirty 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.” —Cory Doctorow, bestselling and award-winning author of *Little Brother* “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* “No one has ever crafted a more complex, fascinating, and strangely realistic alien race than Vernor Vinge’s marvelous Tines.” —David Brin*, *bestselling author of *The Postman *and *Startide Rising* Raves for *A Fire Upon the Deep *by Vernor Vinge “This is big-scale science fiction at its best."  —*The Denver Post* “With uninterrupted pacing, suspense without contrivance, and deftly drawn aliens who can be pleasantly comical without becoming cute, Vinge offers heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best.” —*Publishers Weekly,* Starred Review “There are not too many novels that leave this reader screaming violently for more. Vernor Vinge's has done so." —*Locus* "When I was young and had to write my address in a school notebook, I would begin with my street and apartment number and then go on through city, county, state, country and continent in a litany of ever more grandiose place names t... ### About the Author **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.