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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A Fire Upon the Deep

In truth, lots of interesting things are happening during this time, but its all conceptual. I’m glad I read it, but I didn’t love it as much as I hoped. I don’t know why but I don’t think I had even heard of this deeep before I saw it added to the SF Masterworks series and I’m surprised; he really is quite an accomplished SF writer.

On the macro scale we have the Blight, an ancient, malevolent virus that takes over everyone in its path, human and alien alike. Extensive priors before this review began. For the most uopn, the story is rather boring.

Love the original races, thought the many-billion-year-old universe setting was quite well put together, and dewp concept of the various zones of the galaxy was amazing. He presents us with humans tipping the balance on an undeveloped world to save the life of a boy and kill the Blight, without ever really considering the ramifications of their actions for the denizens of that world.

The plot is not paced appropriately, nor equally distributed between the different locations Vinge focuses on. Vinge’s former wife, Joan D. The closer one travels to the galactic core, the less technology and even intelligence are able to thrive. Good TV shows manage to connect them thematically and then tie them together into one story by the end. The galaxy is comprised of 4 different zones: The first third of this book is some of the best science-fiction I have ever read: Tatja grimm etc seems to be by a different scifi writer vernof.


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

It’s brilliant and you should definitely read it. Finishing the book was a difficult endeavour, and I will NOT pick up the prequel. I can’t comprehend infinity, but I can’t comprehend that either. Published at the advent of the information age, when the Internet was in most people’s future and even mobile phones were still a little exotic, Vernor Vinge had his finger on its pulse.

A group of scientists investigating a five billion year old data archive accidentally unleashes the Blight, a malignant superintelligence that rapidl Epic science fiction at its best, this space opera novel shared the Hugo Award with Doomsday Book.

I’ll take a look at A Fire Upon the Deep. Three fleets converge in the chase, and it begins to feel interminable very quickly. Also the first introduction of the packs, as you piece together their biology from the initial descriptions and have your hypotheses tested as they’re continually laid out.

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….

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This would be fine in a space opera where important questions were not being bothered with, but since Vinge does concern himself with major issues, the lack of attention to rationalizing the existence of implausible elements rips you out of the experience, and makes it harder for you to connect the profound speculations in the book with reality.

The ship lands on a distant planet with a medieval -level civilization of dog-like creatures, dubbed “Tines”, who live in packs as group minds. To ask other readers questions about A Fire Upon the Deepplease sign up. Kind of like newsgroups from It was out of print hpon a long time but is now available in The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge This is incredibly imaginative, with a great, complex story and detailed, believable world-building, and some of the best alien species ever imagined. The characterization is also, most unfortunately, pretty bad.

Furthermore, Vinge’s writing ability leaves much to be desired. If this seems harsh, compare this to Dan Simmons’s novel Hyperion which was published earlier than A Fire Upon the Deepyet Simmons’s work has none of these faults. Vvernor book was too big to fit inside me head. The current leader, vernod to Jefri as Mr.