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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.

A Fire Upon The Deep is the winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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A Fire Upon The Deep
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Amazing Read
July 11th, 2015
I've been reading all the science fiction I could get my hands on since I was a kid. After I read this, book, I was astounded that I had never heard of Vernor Vinge before picking it up. With this book, Vernor Vinge secures his place among the titans of science fiction. It is easily the equal of anything written by Asimov or Clarke. Read it!
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What a disappointment
March 23rd, 2015
Picked this book up with high hopes. It won a HUGO award for crying out loud, but failed to grab me on any level. It was hard to figure out what's going on, the characters are underdeveloped and the alien dogs .... Some interesting concepts, but that's all it really was. I am giving up on this book for now - it makes me feel stupid - I simply can't figure out why it would receive such rave reviews... TIP: If you like Peter Hamilton stuff or Iain Banks or Frank Herbert - I bet you will not like this one.
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