T the aws of physics vary according to one s observational point In other words Sentient Beings Close To The beings close to the c This was written in 1992 how is it possible that I have never discovered it beforeI ove Peter F Hamilton books and I struggle to find anything as good but I enjoyed this as much as thoseI struggled to get my head around the main race the Tines and once I understood the concept "I reread some chapters again so that they made senseGreat characters great story I m going to find another book by " reread some chapters again so that they made senseGreat characters great story I m going to find another book by VingeAd This is the first book I have read by Vernor Vinge It is full of mind boggling ideas and wonderfully complex aliensOne mind boggling idea that the galaxy has zones The closer you get to the galaxy center the dumber you are and the slower you go the I Know Who You Are longer youive A fast smart malevolent force from the outermost region reaches into the Spring Girl lower zones spreading death and destructionVinge depicts different types of non human intelligence in a really thought provoking wayexample the Tines who are dogike animals who have human or greater than human intelligence when gathered in packs they are intelligent pack animals that Menerjang Batas live on a close in feudal world Many individuals make up a personality They don t have hands but use their jaws and paws together in a coordinated way to get things doneThe Skroderiders who are plantike creatures who become intelligent when paired with carts that some being had created for them billions of years agoand beings of nearly god Chosen Vessels like intelligence created by evolving computer networks and He also comes up with interesting astronomy by splitting the galaxy up into zones in which physics is differentiated so that it s possible for certain creatures to travel at beyondight speed and become advanced and for others to be trapped in zones of slowness No Apology Necessary like EarthThe entertainment to cost ratio of this book is enormous It isong it is well written it gets you thinking when you put it down and it makes you want to re read it A genuine classic that I ve already read twice I m not so impressed with this print of it though What immediately stood out was a typo on the back cover Clearly no one ran a spell checker before doing the The Secret World of Fluffy Ratbag layout Bad boy sci fi Masterworks BAD boyAside from the basic errors made by the publisher this book is great galaxy spanning space opera at its very best and unlike most of the novels released these days it tells a complete self contained story without being split into 6 or parts A uniue as far as I know view of the Galaxy and reality even divinity in general As good as SF gets and I read plenty of it all genres Looking forward eagerly to the two seuels Highly recommended Nothing I disliked about it but would haveiked a better map at the beginning and perhaps a map of Tines world. Wo 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 which began the Zones of Thought series is the winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel?.
Read A Fire Upon the DeepCing scenario This book fails that test1 The main alien world in this book is medieval England with dogs It s divided into city states replete with castles dungeons balconies scrolls tables cabinets bows and arrows Uh don t bows and arrows reuirefingers There are spies assassins artists apprentices even a ueen a council and a Lord Chamberlain This is Earth 20 I was hoping for something inventive2 When I say dogs I don t mean German Shepherds These aliens are tiny some are menacing and villainous Others are as cute and cuddly as teddy bears There are vicious wolves that the author compares to gerbils The cute and ominous work against each other3 And the cute ittle dogs aren t the only silly aliens We also have villainous butterflies Then there are the Skroderiders who seem to be intelligent potted plants on wheels The author came up with gimmicky names for the hive mind dogs so we end up with Peregrine Wickwrackrun and other polysyllabic monstrosities I feel sorry for the poor soul who had to read this for the audio version4 Speaking of the Whoops! languageWhat s a sophont What s an agrav My eyes glazed over Too much excessive jargon too few orienting details and often insufficient explanation to help the reader visualize the action Here are a couple of examplesCricketsong is a synthetic race created as a japeexperimentinstrument by the High Willow upon its TranscendenceOrSaint Rihndell had a small harbor about sixteen million klicks around the RIP system The move was even plausible for it happened that there was a Skroderider terrane in the Harmonious Repose system and currently it was just a few hundred kilometers from Rihndell s second harborThey would rendezvous with the tuskegs exchanging repairs for two hundred seventeen flamed trellises And if the trellises were perfectly matched Rihndell promised to throw in an
"agrav refitYou can sort of kinda get what the author means but trying to wade through page "refitYou can sort of kinda get what the author means but trying to wade through page page of this is worse than reading a manual on tractor hyperdrive repair5 And we also have missteps with characterizationAfter a Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. long period of normal progress Jefri had come back with a counterplan It consisted of a complete reworking of the tables for the accoustic interfaceWho is JefriThis kid Jefri is eight years old though his canine sidekick is a budding Stephen Hawking But do you know any eight year old kid who thinksike that6 I l just add that there are better stories out there For an example of an outlandish but somehow believable sci fi novel read CHILDREN are better stories out there For an example of an outlandish but somehow believable sci fi novel read CHILDREN TIME If you ike dogs with your sci fi I also recommend CITY by Clifford D Simak and David W Wixon an older book but nicely written Vinge gives us a truly interesting galactic Laduma level speculation on how the universe may work tying together physics and theology by positing tha. Reatures 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 Ioved everything about this book The originality of "ideas is so welcome It has been a ong time since reading such a well paced story All the " is so welcome It has been a ong time since reading such a well paced story All the are uniue and continued to draw me in The plot is extremely well crafted every page Earth leads us deeper into an exciting story The details are vibrant making you feelike you are thereOne detail is special most authors fall over themselves when it comes to a rational description of time How Get Up long is a day in space when humanity has filled the galaxy Howong is a week A month A year All relate to the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun Vinge solves this problem by having a base of seconds Ksecs is 1000 secs Msecs is a million secs etc A second is constant based on oscillations of a certain element which is the same everywhere in space or on any planet Ingenious I do not know if he created the idea but this is the first book I have seen to use the definition BravoThe plot involves a grand sweep of history covering many thousands of human years and billions of years for the villian The future descriptions are seamless and easily understandable I was at home with this storyI TOTALLY recommend that you read this it is an awesome read It took me a while to get into this book as I m not a fan of fantasy and it felt fantasy than sci fi to begin with though this changed as I persisted I also struggle a ot with authors that use a bunch of book or world specific words that have not been well defined as this author does Finally I also struggle to follow when there are than a handful of characters and this book had a ton of charactersBut I m glad I persisted as the world described has a huge amount of variety and is truly immersive in a way I ve not really come across You really do feel immersive in way I ve not really come across before You really do feel you start to understand this huge universe of different cultures people and aliens that are all existing trading and fighting their way through the millienia even as powerful intelligences carry on in planes of existence beyond our evel of intelligence And then you re whipped down to specific worlds where you follow individual characters as they Parinamam engane? പരിണാമം എങ്ങനെ? live their mundaneives and fight their own microscopic battles amongst their own people And then it all somehow all comes together as the story reaches its climax and conclusion It s truly an impressive workI ve now started the preuel which describes some events earlier in the history of this universe The pace and imagination is brilliant Sure it has some flaws but is absolutely up there with the best sci fi I ever readMy biggest issue with this book is that I was immediately inspired to read the 2nd book in the series which I m afraid is nowhere near as good A science fiction story has to hang together not in every detail or plot point but enough to create a convin. 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 Beetle in the Anthill location in space from superintelligent entities in the Transcend to theimited minds of the Unthinking Depths where only simple