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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - breic - LibraryThing
I wanted to like this. But the book desperately needed an editor. For about 300 pages, en route to the Tines planet, nothing happens. We get the same scenes, with the same conversations, over and over ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Schp - LibraryThing
I liked the big idea of the galaxy having spatial zones of different cosmic properties. In essence, it allowed for societies and life-forms of vastly differing levels of advancement to coexist in the ... Read full review