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...
This world/universe is solidly more fantasy than SciFi. This story is driven by the personal stories and these stories are extremely well written, however, the overall world is extremely lacking and only makes sense if the universe is ruled by magic or we are just programs on a computer. It is engaging, but I suggest buying it on a sale.
Born a "Boomer". Joined the "Now" generation. Recently realized Now has become Then.
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.
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