August 27th, 2013

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Book Review: Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge

A Hugo-award winning post-cyberpunk novel by one of my favorite SF authors.


Rainbows End

Tor, 2006, 381 pages



Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family. His son and daughter-in-law are both in the military, but not a military we would recognize, while his middle-school-age granddaughter is involved in perhaps the most dangerous game of all, with people and forces more powerful than she or her parents can imagine.


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Verdict: Although I did not love this book as much as his Zones of Thought space operas, Vernor Vinge has yet to disappoint me. Rainbows End is a hard SF novel that appeals to the futurist, yay-Singularity! crowd. The story may be more interesting than the characters, but I still rank Vinge as one of the best of current SF authors.

Also by Vernor Vinge: My reviews of A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, and The Children of the Sky.




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