A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)
By Vernor Vinge 2000
Vinge tells the the story of the Qeng Ho, a spacefaring civilization of traders spanning thousands of lightyears. This story centers on the adventures of one trading mission to a unusual star system ,following the exploits of the legendary founder of the Qeng Ho. The traders discover intelligent alien life, treachery, revolutionary physics and focus, a dangerously powerful technology. Vinge creates an awesome tale of plotting, survival, technological development and cultural contact on a galactic scale. Its Foundations good.