A Fire Upon the Deep may be the most exciting and important of all modern future and even mobile phones were still a little exotic, Vernor Vinge had his finger. It’s not that I think A Fire Upon the Deep is perfect, it’s just that it’s got so much in it . There are lots of books that have fascinating universes, and. A perfect example is A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge. It takes all the tropes of space opera, but grounds them in interesting speculations.

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There are some enjoyable interactions between Ravna, the ancient Pham, and the Skroderiders as they seek knowledge about the Blight, its intent galactic mayhem and domination, of courseand how to potentially stop it. A Fire Upon the Deep 9 26 Apr 30, Sep 18, Rob rated it liked it Shelves: And such creatures are at the heart of this story. This dating is in fact contradictory with the story at least in appearance, since some of the records may have been faked by Old Onesince Gondr states that.

Extensive priors before this review began. Part of this appeal is the imaginative way Vinge split up the Milky Way Galaxy so that proximity affects what is possible. Good TV shows manage to connect them thematically and then tie them together into one story by the end. Unfortunately, this part veenor the story was telegraphed, becoming very anticlimactic. I liked the prequel as well, the aliens don’t feel as “alien”, but it’s still really well written.


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So while you can have anti-gravity and super-intelligent AI in the outer rim, the deeper you go toward the center of the galaxy the less reliable those things become until they quickly stop working. It is implied, though not stated outright that human civilization has risen upoon fallen many times upn many planets before the first human colony in the beyond at Sjandra Kei.


I knew practically nothing about this book when I started – except that I hadn’t liked the only other Vernor Vinge book I’d read Rainbow’s End.

I also really dig the way Vinge divides the universe into “Zones of Thought,” so technology gets more advanced as do the beings that operate it the further you get from the center as you might guess, Earth is in the “Slow Zones”. Humanity ignored it for centuries, until possible alien radio signals prompt two nearby cultures to each send a fleet of ships: A few people just manage to escape with the key to counteracting the blight but fall foul of the local inhabitants on a planet they c I don’t know why but I don’t think I had even heard of this author before I saw it added to the SF Masterworks series and I’m surprised; he really is quite an accomplished SF writer.

The world is a medieval setting and it’s interesting to see how each of the groups ben 4. Plus the aliens are awesome. I want to make it clear that I don’t lightly write rave reviews. I love it when I give a book 5-stars! Everything is an archetype. View all 5 comments. On the smaller scale we have two kids stranded on an alien planet along with a bunch of their friends in cryosleep. On the macro scale we have the Blight, an ancient, malevolent virus that takes over everyone in its path, human and alien alike.

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And not the outer edges. Pham initiates Countermeasure, which extends the Slow Zone by thousands of light years, enveloping the Blight at the cost of wrecking thousands of uninvolved civilizations and causing fide of deaths.

Unusual and interesting alien species like the warrior butterfly Aprahanti or the pack-minded Tines. Instead, more advanced technologies cease to function when taken into slower zones, since the laws of physics themselves are different. Across Realtime is less sweeping dire scope but also hard to put down. View all 43 comments.


A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1) by Vernor Vinge

I have been wanting to read this for ages! The Tines were a great creation although on a practical level I question the ability of a race to achieve intelligence and build any level of technology when no members of the race can physically get close to each other. This book comes highly recommended by Redditors and several “best of sf” lists.

Talk about galactic scale. The book was long, yet the plot seemed shallow and there was little character development except on the planet of the Tines. Technology that works in the Beyond breaks down in the Slow Zone our part of the galaxyand even less works in the Unthinking Depths.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They’re beings that are barely intelligent on their own, but they attach themselves together in small groups to create hive minds that can be highly intelligent. But a single weapon, a countermeasure, has been spirited aboard a vessel escaping the archive with hundreds of the human researchers’ children in cold sleep.

Ravna Bergsndot, a young librarian far from home, begins talking to Jefri once they receive a signal from his ship. Deepness in the Sky is really good too. But a million, that’s not that many. All posts must be directly book related, informative, and discussion focused. The Dirokime and Kalir and others are more backdrops.

The book shares a single character with A Fire Upon the Deepbut is a distant Prequel with a drastically different setting.