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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So with all of these flaws, how can I award this one top marks? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A Fire Upon the Deep: Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. So what is it that sets the chronology as Deepness first?

Instead, more advanced technologies cease to function when taken into slower zones, since the laws of physics themselves are different. In larger groups or as singletons, they are generally not intelligent. Okay, so you have some orphaned children alone on an alien world. In the meantime, the Blight the name given to vige Power the Olsndot family haplessly brought about wreaks havoc across the galaxy.

But now, when only the truth will work, I can’t convince you. I’m already having trouble remembering why it took so many pages to tell this story.

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At some point in the ancient past we humans escaped into the beyond and joined the great party of alien society – but we can’t go home easily, because that would involve century long trips back into the slow-zone. Come on now, Vern, let’s not make them the cutest, xeep innocent creatures in all of the Pack of Pack’s Creation.


On the smaller scale we have two kids stranded on an alien planet along with a bunch of their friends in cryosleep.

So an enjoyable but long read from an author I definitely intend to investigate more in the future. Have you read the other two books in that series? I must have missed something.

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U;on ooh, that was neat. They commission a merchant vessel manned by a wise-cracking outlaw ypon his Wookie sidekick…just kidding. Just that initial paragraph about the spread of the darkness or whatever it is, it has been several years since I read it. I love the book and I always recommend it to anyone wanting to read deep scifi. Aug 28, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: Take it back, the character work has gotten a lot better.

The notion of the zones of thought was interesting, albeit a real stretch to me. He also makes verjor to bandwidth in bits and kilobits. All posts must be directly book related, informative, and discussion focused. While it’s been a most wonderful innovation, certainly the most important epoch-making technology since the printing press, it is also, in many ways, a wretched hive of scum and villainy, a home for every crank, political extremist, sicko or malcontent you could imagine, giving them access to an audience they’d never have enjoyed otherwise.

Meanwhile, our main characters are swept up in both of these conflicts. Mar 15, Pavle rated it it was amazing Shelves: The reviews for it are stellar, and it did won a Hugo. Word spreads vernof the crashed ship holds the only secret to vibge the vaguely-described villain thingy, so some stock-but-loveable heroes quest off to get it.

A Fire Upon the Deep

The alien Tines were so original and amazingly described that I was in heaven reading about them. Suspicious, the Blight discovers that the first ship contains a data storage device in its cargo manifest; assuming it contains information that could harm it, the Blight destroys the dewp.


When Pham Nuwen last knew [Qeng Ho], they had settled thirty worlds and were almost three thousand years old. My reactions to this book went something like this: One of their research teams ventures from Straumli Realm into the Transcend, where they discover an ancient archive that could grant untold knowledge and riches, or a hidden evil being of terrible power….

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. Wild adventure, colossal scale, soaring imagination, searing insight, deep characterisation, brilliant plotting, profound suspense, complex and cunningly-realised aliens — and, most of all, an astonishing richness of that special quality of science fiction, which is the speculative investigation of other worlds, other intelligences, whole other ways of being.

Or closer, a world-wrecker would glow incandescent across the curve of a planet, splashing the globe itself like a drop of water, but slow, slow. Most of the story happens either among individuals on the Tine world, or within the closed confines of the ship, and neither progress at a pace that would be satisfying.

That’s not true in all cases, however, as some individuals are particularly bright or have a sure sense of themselves, which means a duo could merge with three or four others and essentially take over that new pack, reconstituting a facsimile of the original personality.

I seem to be one of the few geeks who was dramatically underwhelmed by this book.