A Deepness in the Sky: Vernor Vinge (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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The spiders and their culture are of course highly affected by their biology and environment but the characters seem very human. I´ve already said it in the review of the first part, I don´t get why Vinge didn´t expand the groundbreaking concept of The Zones of Thought with physics influencing reality and the maximum capacity of intelligence to a larger series, especially after the success of this novel. We are introduced to an incongruous group of characters named Sherkaner Underhill, Victory Smith, Hrunkner Unnerby, Honored Pedure. După ce m-am obișnuit cu stilul lui Vernon Vinge din Foc în adânc, aș spune că firele inițial paralele ale poveștii nu au fost o surpriză, ci doar mi-au stârnit curiozitatea. Partly it's because other books that people had on hold at the library came in, or I needed to blast something through to be ready for my book club.
But, with his trip down to Lands Command to have taken him through wondrous and strange places, seeing how the Dark affects their world and thinking about the means they’ll need to change it, when he reaches the end of his journey, and his schemes fall on the ears of the only person who could really hear them, Sherkaner will find himself in the years ahead in a post of great responsibility, holding in his hands the future of all of them. In a sense, they are human computers, something like the Mentats of Frank Herbert‘s Dune but far less independent. M-au încântat personajele ilustrate atât de complex, întâlnirea finală dintre cele două specii, acumularea treptată a detaliilor poveștii și amplificarea tensiunii în ultimele sute de pagini. Vinge really hits the balance of "science" and "fiction" almost perfectly--and, even though the book weighs in at a hefty 750+ pages, it never feels too long or bogged down. I do not think it is possible to anthropomorphize aliens and their society any more than Vinge does here.The book sets itself up for a fantastic climax (seriously--plan to read the last 150 pages or so in one sitting; you have been warned), and, while the climax isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, it seemed a bit rushed. The Qeng Ho and other spacers in this series use kiloseconds (roughly 17 minutes), megaseconds (roughly 11. No matter how much I try, I can't quite comprehend the time scales involved or the numbers of people who will live and die between my lifetime and Pham Nuwen's. Underhill's family is at the centre of the same kind of social and political turmoil we've seen so often in human society, particularly in this past century. Underhill summarizes this sentiment rather nicely when he talks about wanting to make invention the mother of necessity rather than the other way around: innovations require social change.
Also great that one doesn´t know how many species died out in the time it takes to read this amazing work, because nobody cares about counting ecocides, especially in what is left of the tropic rainforests. After that there was still slow parts, but it made the story seem realistic and not forced, and the story built up towards the end climax beautifully. It is quite disturbing to see how they are treated like disposable wetware, while at the same time being relied on as sophisticated technicians in every conceivable aspect of Emergent life. This is the sort of novel that I'd want to teach from - that demands to be reread, that's perceptive, that's timeless, that's subtle, that looks both forward and back, and which above all has a story which brings "the twists and stuff".Though the Emergents gain the upper hand due to their ambush, both sides suffer major losses of life and their ships are heavily damaged. Emergents εκμεταλλευτούν αυτή την ευκαιρία για να βάλουν σε κίνηση τα μακρά αναμενόμενα σχέδιά τους και να αρπάξουν την εξουσία, ο Ezr και ο Pham, ο Nau και η Qiwi, και ο Sherkaner, ο Hrunkner και η