Monthly Meeting - "A Deepness in the Sky" by Vernor Vinge

"A Deepness in the Sky" by Vernor Vinge

Our monthly meeting to review the current book. As usual please bring one part of the book you really enjoyed or didn't for discussion.

Length - 800 pages

After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. Two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.

The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches. But first, both groups must wait at the aliens' very doorstep for their strange star to relight and for their planet to reawaken, as it does every two hundred and fifty years....

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

More than just a great science fiction adventure, A Deepness in the Sky is a universal drama of courage, self-discovery, and the redemptive power of love.
A Deepness in the Sky is a 1999 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel and the winner of the 2000 Hugo Award for Best Novel.



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  • Maria P.

    Great seeing everyone last night. Looking forward to the books listed for 2015!!!

    January 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be a little late...heavy traffic.

    January 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this meeting after all. Also, I just couldn't get through this book. Just wasn't doing much for me. I did like the part about a spider driving a jalopy down a country road enjoying the view. It was kinda downhill for me after that though.

    I'd highly recommend Dan Simmons books Ilium and Olympos. The combination of sci-fi and Greek mythology was really good and the icing on the cake was the AI characters. They were a hoot and very very cool.

    Also, I'd recommend the Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Stephen Donaldson. The way he develops his main character is just plain great. I'd say it 90% fantasy and 10% psychodrama? It's a very long series, that might be a deterrent in regard to a book club.

    January 7

  • Roy A.

    Of the books I've read in the last year, the only one that sticks out is "Afterparty" by Daryl Gregory. --
    "It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide.

    Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right."

    January 6

    • Charles Dee M.

      I really liked After Party. I have Gregory's Pandemonium on my list for 2015

      January 7

  • Roy A.

    Of the books I intend to read "Echopraxia" by Peter Watts is probably the most interesting. I read an earlier book of his "Blindsight" that was very good if somewhat disturbing. The start of the blurb for "Echopraxia":
    "Prepare for a different kind of singularity in this follow-up to the Hugo-nominated novel Blindsight It's the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans and soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat. And it’s all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself."

    January 6

  • John N.

    The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu - Getting a lot of attention as the first major English release of a Chinese SF novel

    The Peripheral by William Gibson - "Gibson’s long-awaited return to science fiction is even better than his fans had dared to hope for. The narrative darts between a mostly recognizable near future and one much further away, touching on issues of race, gender, and class as it follows Flynne Fisher—a clever, stereotype-defying, unhesitating protagonist—through a world that first braces for and is then destroyed by economic and ecological collapse" on both NPR's best books of 2014 and publisher's weekly best of 2014

    The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

    January 6

  • Jeff E.

    At this meeting, we will be compiling a list of books to choose from for next years reading list So please bring any recommendations or suggestions you may have. You can check the Previously Read Book List under the Discussion tab to see what we've done in past years.
    I'll put together a list of previous suggestions that did not make it into the past reading lists, as well.

    January 3

    • Charles Dee M.

      How about Light by M. John Harrison. People continue to recommend him to me. I read The Cerntauri Device years ago and really liked it. Light is vol 1 of a series.

      January 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there. I am almost finished.

    January 2

  • Charles Dee M.

    Couldn't make it through this one. I will see you for Soft Apocalypse.

    January 2

  • Roy A.

    Hope to be there. Just finished the book.

    January 1

  • Ryan G.

    So who's in? I'll see you guys next week. Have a great new years!

    December 31

  • Jeff E.

    Once again, to avoid conflicts with New Year's Eve, I've moved the meeting for December ahead one week into January.

    October 29

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