A Fire Upon The Deep
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. A Fire Upon The Deep is the winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
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Review: A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought #1)User Review - Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton - Goodreads
Vernor Vinge is brilliant, and his Fire Upon The Deep has got everything that really good science fiction should have. In his Zones of Thought universe, Vinge has divided the Milky Way galaxy into ... Read full review
Review: A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought #1)User Review - Clouds - Goodreads
I love it when I give a book 5-stars! 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). This is about a ... Read full review