A Fire upon the Deep (Paperback)
|Author: Vernor Vinge|
|From a four-time Hugo Award-winning author comes this "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year--a space saga awesome in conception, and a riveting novel of conflict, love, loss, and survival. Reissue.|
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A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale.
Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.
Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization.
Customer Reviews of A Fire upon the Deep
A Must Read for SF Fans1/12/2006
'A Deepness in the Sky' and 'Fire Upon the Deep' are two of the finest SciFi novels I have read. Interesting plots great characters, different and exciting visions of space travel and Alien races. You got to give Vernor Vinge a read!
WHAT SCI-FI IS ALL ABOUT5/19/1999
JUST A SHORT REVIEW. BUY THIS BOOK! I CONSIDER MYSELF AN AVID READER OF THE GENRE, AND RANK THIS BOOK IN THE TOP 10%. I JUST WISH HE'D WRITE MORE OFTEN!
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