Title: Rainbows End

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Title: Rainbows End ISFDB Title Record # 181278
Author: Vernor Vinge
Year: 2006
Type: NOVEL
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: A science-fiction thriller set in a place and time as exciting and strange as any far-future world: San Diego, California, 2025. Robert Gu is a recovering Alzheimer’s patient. The world that he remembers was much as we know it today. Now, as he regains his faculties through a cure developed during the years of his near-fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed and so has his place in it. He was a world-renowned poet. Now he is seventy-five years old, though by a medical miracle he looks much younger, and he’s starting over, for the first time unsure of his poetic gifts. Living with his son’s family, he has no choice but to learn how to cope with a new information age in which the virtual and the real are a seamless continuum, layers of reality built on digital views seen by a single person or millions, depending on your choice. But the consensus reality of the digital world is available only if, like his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, you know how to wear your wireless access—through nodes designed into smart clothes—and to see the digital context—through smart contact lenses. With knowledge comes risk. When Robert begins to re-train at Fairmont High, learning with other older people what is second nature to Miri and other teens at school, he unwittingly becomes part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to use technology as a tool for world domination. In a world where every computer chip has Homeland Security built-in, this conspiracy is something that baffles even the most sophisticated security analysts, including Robert’s son and daughter-in law, two top people in the U.S. military. And even Miri, in her attempts to protect her grandfather, may be entangled in the plot. As Robert becomes more deeply involved in conspiracy, he is shocked to learn of a radical change planned for the UCSD Geisel Library; all the books there, and worldwide, would cease to physically exist. He and his fellow re-trainees feel compelled to join protests against the change. With forces around the world converging on San Diego, both the conspiracy and the protest climax in a spectacular moment as unique and satisfying as it is unexpected.
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Place Year and Award Category
Win 2007 Hugo Best Novel
1 2007 Locus Best SF Novel
Nomination 2007 Prometheus Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian SF Novel
Finalists 2007 Campbell Memorial Best Science Fiction Novel

Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Rainbows End May 2006 Vernor Vinge Tor 978-0-312-85684-7 $25.95 364 hc novel Stephan Martiniere Checkmark
Rainbows End May 2006 Vernor Vinge Tor / SFBC #1208611 $13.99 364 hc novel Stephan Martiniere  
Rainbows End Apr 2007 Vernor Vinge Tor 978-1-4299-9189-6 $8.99   ebook novel  
Rainbows End Apr 2007 Vernor Vinge Tor 0-812-53636-3 $7.99 381 pb novel Stephan Martiniere Checkmark
Rainbows end May 2007 Vernor Vinge Robert Laffont (Ailleurs et demain) 978-2-221-10846-8   456 tp novel Jackie Paternoster  
Rainbows End Aug 2007 Vernor Vinge Tor / Pan Macmillan UK 0-330-45194-4 Ł6.99 381 pb novel Stephan Martiniere  
Urania #1561 Aug 2010 ed. Giuseppe Lippi Arnoldo Mondadori Editore #1561 €4.20 384 pb mag Franco Brambilla  
A szivárvány tövében 2010 Vernor Vinge Metropolis Media (Galaktika Fantasztikus KönyvekQuestion mark) 978-963-9828-44-5 Ft 3990 486+
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Rainbows end Apr 2011 Vernor Vinge Le Livre de Poche (Le Livre de Poche - Science Fiction #32174) 978-2-253-15993-3   640 pb novel Manchu  
Rainbows End Aug 2013 Vernor Vinge Macmillan UK 978-1-4472-4972-6 Ł14.99 400 tp novel  
Rainbows End date unknown Vernor Vinge Tor 0-812-53636-3 $7.99 381 pb novel Stephan Martiniere Checkmark

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