A Fire Upon the Deep may be the most exciting and important of all modern future and even mobile phones were still a little exotic, Vernor Vinge had his finger. It’s not that I think A Fire Upon the Deep is perfect, it’s just that it’s got so much in it . There are lots of books that have fascinating universes, and. A perfect example is A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge. It takes all the tropes of space opera, but grounds them in interesting speculations.

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This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat Now read ‘a deepness in the sky’. Well, I would suggest that The Uplift War was the best book in the series.

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Any comment with a spoiler that doesn’t use the spoiler code will be removed. Good TV shows manage to connect them thematically and then tie them together into one story by the end. Upno has no online presence that I could find which must surely be intentional on his part?

The vinbe flame wars in the book where a lot funnier in the 90s and probably seem quaint compared to the childish insanity on the internet now. It is so far out. A canid race, each “person” comprising a group mind of 4—8 members, connected by ultrasonic waves.

See Hannibal Lecter, above. It currently consists of three books and one short story:. The Blight taking over the universe is the B plot, while the castaway kids are the A plot.

The ship lands on a distant planet with a medieval -level civilization of dog-like creatures, dubbed “Tines”, who live in packs as group minds. I’m glad I read it, but I didn’t love it as much as I hoped.

This is a very complex novel, and reep is also extraordinarily verbose.

This is an absolutely fantastic book. Pham, deeply affected by Godshatter, finally reaches the Countermeasure on Tines World, and the Godshatterman delivers one of those big, almost cinematic, totally inexplicable, bordering on fantasy moments of Space Opera glory. Oddly, ‘rainbows end’ isn’t his strongest work.


But what the hell, I’m game if you are. I have been wanting to read this for ages! A human expedition to the Transcend releases the Blighta malignant artificial intelligence which has been dormant for five billion years. It is later revealed that their “benefactor” was the Blight, and it is able to corrupt and operate the Riders via their skrodes.

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This is an epic, sprawling space opera set in the distant future where a menacing blight is unleashed after an ancient artefact is discovered and it threatens to overwhelm the galaxy. The audiobook is narrated by Peter Larkin, who has a very amiable reading tone, but felt relentlessly upbeat and would have benefitted from more emotional variation depending on the story tone.

It was one of the first virtual reality stories, one of Vinge’s first big successes, and the reep stuff is really on the ball. And I don’t know why. The Flenserists capture a young boy named Jefri Olsndot and his wounded sister, Johanna. I’ll take a look at A Fire Upon the Deep. The aliens were absolutely fascinating, at least the Skroderiders and Tine, the species that got enough attention that you get into their heads.

SF : A Fire Upon the Deep / Vernor Vinge ★★★★½

Humanity first began in the Slow Zone on Earth, but later established some civilizations in the Beyond. But either order is ok to read them. Sign up using Facebook. It was amazingly creative and clever, and is easily one of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever laid hands on. Though I do confess, and it may be a failure of imagination on my part, I often found it hard to visualize them using complex tools like bows and arrows the way Vinge has them doing.

It was out of print for a long time but is now available in The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge The prequel isn’t really tied to this one by more than a single character, one that is quite different for reasons explained in the …more This one is fine. Furthermore, Vinge’s writing ability leaves much to be desired.


In practice, in the book, they’re very cool and they’re culture is a lot of fun to explore. Thanks for posting now I’m more excited to read it! While it isn’t accurate to say the book predicted the Internet — the geek elite were, after all, long entrenched in Usenet newsgroups even then — it can be said to have accurately bullseyed what became the Internet’s character.

Take the Traders’ method of timekeeping. I struggled with the start a bit, because I didn’t really know what was going on, but that got better as the book went on.

A Fire Upon the Deep

Of these two, I found the parts on the Tines world consistently more interesting to read about. These incomprehensibly massive objects are just pinpricks in the overall vastness of space. Published at the advent of the information age, when the Internet was in most people’s future and even mobile phones were still deeo little exotic, Vernor Vinge had his finger on its pulse. I tried very hard to like A Fire Vernpr the Deep.

There were a couple of tiny issues with credibility – vonge to one chances occurring a little too often, etc. In and of itself, the B plot about the ancient Blight taking over the galaxy is pretty standard fare. Like, you have probably heard before that something like one million Earths would fit inside the sun.

Those who found it moved themselves and their families in order to study it further, with hopes of becoming knowledgeable and rich.