Zones of Thought

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,471 ratings

A Fire Upon the Deep Publisher's Summary

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
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  • Book 1

    • A Fire Upon the Deep

    • By: Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,661
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,395

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a wild, wacky, awesome book!

    • By Noah on 06-20-10

    Regular price: $51.93

  • Book 2

    • A Deepness in the Sky

    • By: Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
    • Length: 28 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A science fiction classic

    • By Amen-Ra on 01-26-11

    Regular price: $63.93

  • Book 3

    • The Children of the Sky

    • By: Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 27 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 493
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 444

    Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power. And no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The story isn't over yet

    • By Heidi on 11-03-11

    Regular price: $33.59

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