Title: Rainbows End

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Title: Rainbows End Title Record # 181278
Author: Vernor Vinge
Date: 2006-05-00
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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2007 French Rainbows end
2010 Hungarian A szivárvány tövében
2016 German Das Ende des Regenbogens
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2010 Italian Alla Fine Dell'arcobaleno (Complete Novel)


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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Rainbows End 2006-05-00 Vernor Vinge Tor 978-0-312-85684-7 $25.95 364 hc? novel Stephan Martiniere Checkmark
Rainbows End 2006-05-00 Vernor Vinge Tor / SFBC 1208611 $13.99 364 hc? novel Stephan Martiniere  
Rainbows End 2007-04-00 Vernor Vinge Tor 0-812-53636-3 $7.99 381 pb? novel Stephan Martiniere Checkmark
Rainbows End 2007-04-03 Vernor Vinge Tor 978-1-4299-9189-6 $8.99   ebook? novel  
Rainbows end 2007-05-00 Vernor Vinge Robert Laffont (Ailleurs et demain) 978-2-221-10846-8 €23.00 453 tp? novel Jackie Paternoster Checkmark
Rainbows End 2007-08-00 Vernor Vinge Tor / Pan Macmillan UK 0-330-45194-4 Ł6.99 381 pb? novel Stephan Martiniere  
A szivárvány tövében 2010-00-00 Vernor Vinge Metropolis Media (Galaktika Fantasztikus Könyvek?) 978-963-9828-44-5 Ft 3990 486+
pb? novel Sallai Péter Checkmark
Urania #1561 2010-08-00 ed. Giuseppe Lippi Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 1561 €4.20 384 pb? mag Franco Brambilla  
Rainbows end 2011-04-00 Vernor Vinge Le Livre de Poche (Le Livre de Poche - Science Fiction #32174) 978-2-253-15993-3   640 pb? novel Manchu  
Rainbows End 2013-08-15 Vernor Vinge Macmillan UK 978-1-4472-4972-6 Ł14.99 400 tp? novel  
Das Ende des Regenbogens 2016-10-00 Vernor Vinge Cross Cult 978-3-95981-144-6 €14.00 576 pb? novel Martin Frei Checkmark
Rainbows End date unknown Vernor Vinge Tor 0-812-53636-3 $7.99 381 pb? novel Stephan Martiniere Checkmark
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