A Fire Upon The Deep

Author(s): Vernor Vinge
Series: Zones of Thought Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: Jan 18, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (21.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100124845
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427209344
Narrator/s: Peter Larkin
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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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, which began the Zones of Thought series, is the winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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Author(s): Vernor Vinge
Product Number EB00109278
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429981989

Professional reviews

"In a story that is both deep and wide, an artificial intelligence gains sentience, turns malevolent, and becomes a danger to all living things. This is a gross oversimplification of the plot, which involves love, physics, social networks, genocide, and alien civilizations. Peter Larkin reads at a quick pace and performs amazing feats of acting. His narration is authoritative, and his character voices are charming and layered. He even makes different races of aliens sound easily identifiable. But this labyrinthine tale may be too complex for most listening situations. Much of the story is revealed obliquely through characters' back stories, and being able to "flip back a couple pages" would be helpful. G.D. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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