A Fire Upon the Deep is a science fiction novel written by Vernor Vinge , an award-winning space opera involving superhuman intelligences, aliens , variable physics, space battles, love, betrayal, genocide, and a conversation medium resembling Usenet . A Fire Upon the Deep won the Hugo Award in 1993 (tied with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis ). [ 1 ]

Besides the normal print book editions, the novel was also included on a CD-ROM sold by ClariNet Communications along with the other nominees for the 1993 Hugo awards. The CD-ROM edition included numerous annotations by Vinge on his thoughts and intentions about different parts of the book.

A human civilization high in the Beyond (see below for an explanation of the Zones of Thought) dispatches an expedition to a planet in the low Transcend, having learned of a massive 5-billion year old archive of data there which had been off the Known Net for all that time. It offers the possibility of unthinkable riches for the ambitious young civilization of Straumli Realm, and an expedition of archaeologist programmers is dispatched to open the archive and discover its secrets.

He also keeps it focused down on the characters — Johanna and Jeffri Olnsdot on the planet of the Tines, the Tine Pilgrim with his four bodies, Ravna, the librarian from Sjandra Kei who is the only human working at Relay, and Pham Nuwen, the trader from the Slow Zone with pieces of a god in his head. And because there are two strands of story they drive each other forward — you never leave one strand without wanting more of it, and Vinge keeps up this balance all the way to the climax. Vinge sets us close in, and everything is so fascinating right from the start that it’s easy to get to really care.

But yet, this is a fight of good against evil, gods and lurking evil, it begins with the metaphor of the mummy’s tomb and ends with a transcendent victory. There’s something of the joy of fantasy in it too. Pham and the skroderiders are canny traders, Vrimini.org wants to make a profit, only Ravna the librarian wants an adventure, a daring rescue, to save the universe. One quest, Blueshell agrees to, but never another! But this is an epic, after all, with the scale and scope and moral compass of an epic.

This is the first of the Vinge’s Zones of Thought series, and I’m re-reading it now in preparation for the new direct sequel, The Children of the Sky , due out in October. A Fire Upon the Deep finishes really well, but of course there’s plenty of space for more things to happen.

A Fire Upon the Deep is a science fiction novel written by Vernor Vinge , an award-winning space opera involving superhuman intelligences, aliens , variable physics, space battles, love, betrayal, genocide, and a conversation medium resembling Usenet . A Fire Upon the Deep won the Hugo Award in 1993 (tied with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis ). [ 1 ]

Besides the normal print book editions, the novel was also included on a CD-ROM sold by ClariNet Communications along with the other nominees for the 1993 Hugo awards. The CD-ROM edition included numerous annotations by Vinge on his thoughts and intentions about different parts of the book.

A human civilization high in the Beyond (see below for an explanation of the Zones of Thought) dispatches an expedition to a planet in the low Transcend, having learned of a massive 5-billion year old archive of data there which had been off the Known Net for all that time. It offers the possibility of unthinkable riches for the ambitious young civilization of Straumli Realm, and an expedition of archaeologist programmers is dispatched to open the archive and discover its secrets.

A Fire Upon the Deep is a science fiction novel written by Vernor Vinge , an award-winning space opera involving superhuman intelligences, aliens , variable physics, space battles, love, betrayal, genocide, and a conversation medium resembling Usenet . A Fire Upon the Deep won the Hugo Award in 1993 (tied with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis ). [ 1 ]

Besides the normal print book editions, the novel was also included on a CD-ROM sold by ClariNet Communications along with the other nominees for the 1993 Hugo awards. The CD-ROM edition included numerous annotations by Vinge on his thoughts and intentions about different parts of the book.

A human civilization high in the Beyond (see below for an explanation of the Zones of Thought) dispatches an expedition to a planet in the low Transcend, having learned of a massive 5-billion year old archive of data there which had been off the Known Net for all that time. It offers the possibility of unthinkable riches for the ambitious young civilization of Straumli Realm, and an expedition of archaeologist programmers is dispatched to open the archive and discover its secrets.

He also keeps it focused down on the characters — Johanna and Jeffri Olnsdot on the planet of the Tines, the Tine Pilgrim with his four bodies, Ravna, the librarian from Sjandra Kei who is the only human working at Relay, and Pham Nuwen, the trader from the Slow Zone with pieces of a god in his head. And because there are two strands of story they drive each other forward — you never leave one strand without wanting more of it, and Vinge keeps up this balance all the way to the climax. Vinge sets us close in, and everything is so fascinating right from the start that it’s easy to get to really care.

But yet, this is a fight of good against evil, gods and lurking evil, it begins with the metaphor of the mummy’s tomb and ends with a transcendent victory. There’s something of the joy of fantasy in it too. Pham and the skroderiders are canny traders, Vrimini.org wants to make a profit, only Ravna the librarian wants an adventure, a daring rescue, to save the universe. One quest, Blueshell agrees to, but never another! But this is an epic, after all, with the scale and scope and moral compass of an epic.

This is the first of the Vinge’s Zones of Thought series, and I’m re-reading it now in preparation for the new direct sequel, The Children of the Sky , due out in October. A Fire Upon the Deep finishes really well, but of course there’s plenty of space for more things to happen.

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