A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, Book 2) by Vernor Vinge

By Vernor Vinge

After millions of years looking, people stand at the verge of first touch with an alien race. human teams: the Qeng Ho, a tradition of loose investors, and the Emergents, a ruthless society in accordance with the technological enslavement of minds.

The crew that opens exchange with the extraterrestrial beings will gain incredible riches. yet first, either teams needs to wait on the aliens' very doorstep for his or her unusual big name to relight and for his or her planet to reawaken, because it does each 2 hundred and fifty years....

Then, following negative treachery, the Qeng Ho needs to struggle for his or her freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the earth under, whereas the extraterrestrial beings themselves play a job unsuspected by way of the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

More than simply an excellent technology fiction event, A Deepness within the Sky is a common drama of braveness, self-discovery, and the redemptive strength of love.
</I> <I>A Deepness within the Sky is a 1999 Nebula Award Nominee for most sensible Novel and the winner of the 2000 Hugo Award for most sensible Novel.

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It was a tiny, cheese-shaped room, and not at all what he would have expected of a mayoral residence - but then Orme Wreyland was not exactly what he would have expected of a mayor. The shabby old man seemed to rule over a town composed mainly of his own family; sons and daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and the husbands and wives that they had met on passing towns. But Wreyland was not a happy man. "It's no fun, running a traction town," he kept saying. "No, no fun at all, not any more.

No fun, running a traction town. We have to take what we can get. So we took you. We're going to sell you as slaves, you see. That's how it is. There'll be some slaving towns at the cluster, and we're going to sell you. It has to be done. " Tom had heard of cities that used slaves to work their engine rooms, but it had always seemed like something distant and exotic that would never affect him. "I've got to catch London!

It's a gathering of small towns, a couple of days run south-east of here. " "There'll be lots of towns at the cluster," Mrs Wreyland agreed. "And even if none of them is prepared to take you and your friend to London, you'll soon find an air-trader who will. " said Tom, and stopped. He wasn't feeling very well. The room seemed to waver, then started to roll like the picture on a badly-tuned Goggle-screen. He looked at Hester and saw that she had slipped off her seat on to the floor. The Wreylands' household gods grinned at him from their shrine on the wall, and one of them seemed to be saying in Orme Wreyland's voice, "Sure to be airships there, Tom, always airships at a trading-cluster.

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