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Rainbows End: A Novel with One Foot in the Future Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2007

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A Deepness in the Sky more than justifies the old tag 'eagerly anticipated.' It's a space opera dealing with the age-old themes of exploration, first contact, different cultures, exploitation and, inevitably, conflict. An intriguing and mind-stretching epic. Highly recommended.” ―SFX

“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 that did not end until I reached ‘Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.' In those days, it thrilled me that my small corner of the Bronx was just a one part of the vastness I could see in the sky at night. This is the feeling I got from reading
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.” ―Gerald Jonas, New York Times Book Review

“Marooned in Realtime is a cracking good story that leaves the reader with plenty to think about. Vernor Vinge draws fine characters and writes a compelling plot. In the end, almost all the mysteries are solved―the only loose ends are those which will leave you pondering the future of Mankind and of the earth for weeks after you finish the book.” ―
The Baltimore Sun on Marooned in Realtime

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Vernor Vinge is the multi Hugo Award-winning author of A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, and Rainbow’s End. 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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Science Fiction; First edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0812536363
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0812536362
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.18 x 1.08 x 7 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 329 ratings

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Vernor Steffen Vinge (Listeni/ˈvɜːrnər ˈvɪndʒiː/; born October 2, 1944) is a retired San Diego State University (SDSU) Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels and novellas A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), Rainbows End (2006), Fast Times at Fairmont High (2002), and The Cookie Monster (2004), as well as for his 1984 novel The Peace War and his 1993 essay "The Coming Technological Singularity", in which he argues that the creation of superhuman artificial intelligence will mark the point at which "the human era will be ended", such that no current models of reality are sufficient to predict beyond it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Prominent features-to those dithering readers.
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
Vernor venge... a Big Name in scifi field.
But this is my first time reading his work.Impressive.

- Very unique, the ideas are novel, and there are plenty of them.(reminds me of Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, although not as “strong”)

-Very “unfriendly” ( crammed with jargons ,reminds me of Blindsight by Petter Watts, but I like it!)

-Very exquisite, I LOVE the characters! The Gu family is so...mesmerizing, making me wanna know more about them. The personalities are well “balanced”,they are ordinary yet extraordinary. They are beautiful yet flawed. They have their problems and dark sides yet they are so lovely!(reminds me of Neuromancer by William Gibson)

-And, incidentally, Rainbows End has very good language.(at least for me, a non-native-English-speaker)

-Meticulous use of language. I am a Chinese and it’s a bit surprising to see a scifi of American origin yet featuring “untypical Americans”, so many people are Chinese and the interjected Chinese(right, legitimate Chnese language, mandarin) are
100%accurate.( Although it’s a bit troublesome for me to switch between Eng and Chnese during the reading experience)

If you like hard-core scifi, this one is a good choice.

(OMG Why am I frittering away my time writing comments on Amazon when there is an imminent major English Exam tomorrow???)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Some cool concepts but poorly written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
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