A Fire Upon The Deep

Zones of Thought

Vernor Vinge

Tor Science Fiction



Mass Market Paperbound

624 Pages



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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Winner of the Hugo Award

In this popular and widely praised novel, a rescue mission races against time to save a pair of human children being held captive by a medieval lupine race—and to recover the weapon that will keep the universe from being changed forever. As SF author Poul Anderson has written, "A Fire Upon the Deep evokes marvelously the strangeness of the universe, and of the human future as we venture forth into it, in a story that is both exciting and thought-provoking."


Praise for A Fire Upon The Deep

"Against a background depicting a space-time continuum stratified into 'zones of thought,' the author has created a rarity—a unique blend of hard science, high drama, and superb storytelling."—Library Journal

"A tale that burns with the brazen energy of the best space operas of the golden age. Vinge has created a galaxy for [today's readers] to believe in—immense, ancient, athrum with data webs, dotted with wonders."—John Clute, Interzone

"Vernor Vinge's best novel yet."—Greg Bear

"A vast, riveting, far-future saga . . . The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight; the plot twists and turns with unputdownable tension. A masterpiece of universe-building."—Kirkus Reviews

"The first grand SF I've read in ages . . . Vinge is one of the best visionary writers of SF today."—David Brin, author of Earth

"Fiercely original . . . Compelling ideas in [this] book include problems and advantages of group mind, galactic communications turbidity, and the prospect of civilizations aspiring to godhood."—Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog

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The coldsleep itself was dreamless. Three days ago they had been getting ready to leave, and now they were here. Little Jefri complained about missing all the action, but Johanna Olsndot was glad she'd been...

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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Vernor Vinge's science fiction novel A Fire Upon the Deep, winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel. 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 D



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  • Vernor Vinge, author of several SF novels and stories, has twice won the Hugo Award. His novella True Names is widely acknowledged as a seminal cybernovel by general readers and scientists alike. Vinge is also a professor of computer science at San Diego State University.

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