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.
©1992 Vernor Vinge; (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
A better plot and less non-stop weird names - just not interesting enough to finish
Heinlein or Ender - something like that
No offense - It had the potential to be okay -- but No
Want my money back...
Retired middle school Science teacher. Into virtual worlds, epic SciFi, Technology & linked Amateur Radio systems.
Sustained high tension.
Multiple seemingly unrelated stories woven together for climax.
Didn't adversely enjoyment by reading Book 2 > 1 > 3
I was looking forward to more of the story of Pham Nuwen and liked the concept of the Zones of Thought.
But the Zones never really were explained in any meaningful way and the characters didn't develop in a way that increased my interest in what happens to them next.
Peter Larkins's performance was good enough. I did like his alien character voices which were distinct and interesting.
I'm going to put this series away. Not worth a credit to go on to the next installment.
what a great book love the authors way with words and his interpretation of what the future may hold. very smart, thought provoking and theological/philosophical stuff. great character development and voice acting and what an epic scale!
Absolutely brilliant story, very thought-engaging, twists and full of action. Strong fantasy universe linked together with sci-fi events.
Not the biggest fan of the narrator but still good.
Narrator might have had a cold at some point, but his voice matched the story well enough for my taste, and his voices good enough to keep me interested. Blight concept may seem confusing at first, but great story.
This book has some great world building, interesting aliens, and interesting idea about different zones in the galaxy. But in the end I felt it was too long and too crowded. There are two main story lines in this book. The main story about the blight and the zones of the galaxy, and a side story about the dog-like group-mind creatures called Tines.
Both stories are interesting and would have made nice books. Together, they were just too much and nothing was gained, IMO, by having them together. The main story about the blight could have functioned just fine without the Tines sub-plot. As it is, I felt the Tines story was distracting.
Venor Vinge gets bonus points for the exploration of the idea that the galaxy has different zone where intelligence and physics differ. This was fascinating. He explores this in detail and does it well.
The genius of the novel is self-evident in any format.
I really loved the scrode-riders.
His characters are filled with life. Peter Kenny and he have a lot in common in this respect.
Yes. It's too long to listen to in one sitting, obviously, but I finished it in a few days.
Interested in futurism and hard science fiction.
A fascinating story at the beginning of the book took a wrong turn and never recovered. The narrator didn't help either with oddly shrill, comic voice which didn't belong to any of the characters in the book. I've asked for a refund.
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