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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Enter your email jpon to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He presents us with a transcendent Blight destroying Powers and civilizations, but doing so to preserve its life.

Also, I am a huge fan of SF, so I felt this book would be a sure-fire hit with me. The Blight quickly grows in power, dragging in other races and annihilating worlds as it speeds toward Relay.

View all 4 comments. The thing that Nevil didn’t understand is that Oobii is a ship. It primarily follows Ravna, one of the main protagonists of Fireas she attempts to prepare Tines World for the arrival of the Blight despite opposition from some of those who were in coldsleep during the events of the first book, and who are beginning to doubt her account of the events. I haven’t been able to read the sequel yet, but I plan on it.

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

But beyond the rim civilizations can Transcend and become godlike. After a hostile confrontation with the planet’s inhabitants, the medieval Tines, brother and sister Jefri and Johanna Olsndot are separated between two groups of warring natives, each of which wants to exploit the visitors’ knowledge of technology to defeat the other.

Come on now, Vern, let’s not make them the cutest, most innocent creatures in all of the Pack of Pack’s Creation. Post as a guest Name. Galactic in scope, yet there’s pages of one group of the protagonists voyaging across space with only one interesting pitstop. A race of insectoid humanoids which constitutes one of the “majority races” of the Vrinimi organization.


Re read them every few years. For his story, Vinge conceives of this as a necessary tech tradeoff, a result of bandwidth restrictions inherent in FTL transmission.

Word spreads that the crashed ship holds the only secret to stopping the vaguely-described villain thingy, so some stock-but-loveable heroes quest off to get it. Across Realtime is less sweeping in scope but also hard to put down. Several generations of individual members later they would be different people, but at their core they would be the same. I seem to be one of the few geeks who ypon dramatically underwhelmed by this book. This book was one of the first I read and was probably the best.

I’m vijge boggled as to why Egan isn’t a more well known writer yet. The events are always portrayed vaguely and don’t have resonance. To me it feels like he got the internet down really well uppn it was a thing.

The Flenserists capture a young boy named Jefri Olsndot and his wounded sister, Johanna. Earth is deep in the slow-zone.

A Fire Upon the Deep

Oct 22, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Mostly this provides an engine for the plot, but it’s one of those ideas so mind-burstingly big that you can’t really get a grip on it. Also the first introduction of the packs, as you piece together their biology from the initial descriptions and have your hypotheses tested as they’re continually laid out.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I don’t have anything in common with my co-workers. Scavenging for buried knowledge on a dead world, a party of humans awakes an ancient evil: Literature of the World: View all 3 comments. It currently consists of three books and one short story:. We also encourage discussion about developments in the book world and we have a flair system. I found the Tines to be intriguing aliens, resembling dogs and causing humans to relate to them in somewhat the same way, and requiring bodies to make up one personality.

Between the tines and the AIs and the sea-slugs it does a great job of dissecting the idea of what intelligence and self really are, and what autonomy is or can be. He also regularly references people performing a task he refers to as “programming,” as in computer programming, and this again shows that he did not forsee that computers would move beyond the command-line interface into something more usable.


The shape of civilizations is dictated by the shape of the galaxy: The series turned me on to Vinge’s work and I’ve read most of it. Unfortunately, while such inbreeding creates a centuries-old stable personality, it also results in sickly, infirm or deformed pack members. A few people just manage to escape with the key to counteracting the blight but fall foul of the local inhabitants on a planet they c I don’t know why but I don’t think I had even heard of this author before I saw it added to the SF Masterworks series and I’m surprised; he really is quite an accomplished SF writer.

I tried very hard to like A Fire Upon the Deep. They are more akin to fantasy than to science fiction. These manipulations combined with the look at how the aliens functioned made these parts shine. I think I read Deepness first anyway.

Well, I guess you can see it coming from about page 10, but in the end of the story, something we learn very little about and which has played almost no role in the story saves the day sorta: Vast, deep, and aflame with its sense of wonder, A Fire Upon the Deep fully lives up to the grandeur of its title. The story begins when upob incautious group of human researchers, seeking to bootstrap themselves, uncover an eons-old data archive on the fringes of the Transcend and decide to plumb its secrets.

The Tines chapters were really trippy to read. The frame corrections were incredibly complex – and down at the very bottom of it was a little program that ran a counter. Dec 28, Lightreads rated it liked it Shelves: