Our friends at Tor.com have uploaded an excerpt from Vernor Vinge’s new novel Children of the Sky, a sequel to his Hugo Award-winning 1991 novel A Fire Upon the Deep.
A Fire Upon the Deep is the story of humanity’s struggle against the Blight: a newly awakened artificial intelligence intent upon destroying civilization. Researchers fleeing from the Blight set in motion a series of events that result in a ship full of children in suspended animation crashing on a primitive planet whose inhabitants live in a feudal society. An expedition sets out to locate the children in hope that they’ll have information that could lead to the defeat of the Blight. Children of the Sky picks up immediately after the events of the first novel.