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A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Mai 1999

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In this Hugo-winning 1991 SF novel, Vernor Vinge gives us a wild new cosmology, a galaxy-spanning "Net of a Million Lies," some finely imagined aliens, and much nail-biting suspense.

Faster-than-light travel remains impossible near Earth, deep in the galaxy's Slow Zone--but physical laws relax in the surrounding Beyond. Outside that again is the Transcend, full of unguessable, godlike "Powers." When human meddling wakes an old Power, the Blight, this spreads like a wildfire mind virus that turns whole civilizations into its unthinking tools. And the half-mythical Countermeasure, if it exists, is lost with two human children on primitive Tines World.

Serious complications follow. One paranoid alien alliance blames humanity for the Blight and launches a genocidal strike. Pham Nuwen, the man who knows about Countermeasure, escapes this ruin in the spacecraft Out of Band--heading for more violence and treachery, with 500 warships soon in hot pursuit. On his destination world, the fascinating Tines are intelligent only in combination: named "individuals" are small packs of the doglike aliens. Primitive doesn't mean stupid, and opposed Tine leaders wheedle the young castaways for information about guns and radios. Low-tech war looms, with elaborately nested betrayals and schemes to seize Out of Band if it ever arrives. The tension becomes extreme... while half the Beyond debates the issues on galactic Usenet.

Vinge's climax is suitably mindboggling. This epic combines the flash and dazzle of old-style space opera with modern, polished thoughtfulness. Pham Nuwen also appears in the nifty prequel set 30,000 years earlier, A Deepness in the Sky. Both recommended. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

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"Fleeing a menace of galactic proportions, a spaceship crashes on an unfamiliar world, leaving the survivors--a pair of children--to the not-so-tender mercies of a medieval, lupine race. Responding to the crippled ship's distress signal, a rescue mission races against time to retrieve the children and recover the weapon they need to prevent the universe from being changed forever. 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 the readers of the '90s to believe in...immense, ancient, athrum with data webs, dotted with wonders."
--John Clute, "Interzone"
"Vernor Vinge's best novel yet."
--Greg Bear, author of "Moving Mars"
"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 the 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"


A tale that burns with the brazen energy of the best space operas of the golden age. Vinge has created a galaxy for the readers of the '90s to believe in...immense, ancient, athrum with data webs, dotted with wonders.

Vernor Vinge's best novel yet.

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.

Vernor Vinge's best novel yet.--Greg Bear, author of Moving Mars

Fiercely original...Compelling ideas in the 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

Fleeing a menace of galactic proportions, a spaceship crashes on an unfamiliar world, leaving the survivors--a pair of children--to the not-so-tender mercies of a medieval, lupine race. Responding to the crippled ship's distress signal, a rescue mission races against time to retrieve the children and recover the weapon they need to prevent the universe from being changed forever. 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 the readers of the '90s to believe in...immense, ancient, athrum with data webs, dotted with wonders. "John Clute, Interzone"

Vernor Vinge's best novel yet. Greg Bear, author of Moving Mars

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 the 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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Most of us are probably aware of how, as you read more and more science fiction, your stack of 'extremely good' books stays mostly level while the stack of 'acceptable' books outgrows your bookshelf. You start to appreciate the writers who have done their duty to science fiction by studying the Drexlers, the Minskys and Feynmans -- the scientists whose sheer extrapolative powers really push the borders of imagination.
Vinge is one of those hardworking writers. He is the author of the hard-to-find "True names and other dangers..." which means you can credit him for adding several of the future- or tech-based memes most of us take for granted today.
The ratings for this book waver between 6-10, with a '2' thrown in by some poor fellow. Don't worry about Vernor Vinge's grammatical capabilities -- he writes a mean sentence, and some of the best technical descriptions I've ever read. For a genre which pedestalizes Asimov, who could hardly string 6 words together coherently (guess he was moving too fast), some people are MIGHTY picky!
Also, you won't find the "-oid" syndrome which you get with Bujold, for example, where contemporary items are made to sound science-fictiony just by giving them a new name. You won't read sentences like "He grabbed his key-oids and jumped in his car-oid..."
Vinge's science is deep, and the ramifications of everything from the 'slow zone' to the 'unthinking deeps' to the 'agrav fabric docks' to the hi-tech of the beyond, to the cute extrapolation of an Internet of galactic scope, to the effect of radio upon the Tines (a sophont race), to the matter-of-fact acceptance of racial senescence... all of these things are well thought out and brilliantly presented.
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If you enjoyed Vinge's earlier work, especially the Peace War and Marooned in Realtime, you will probably enjoy this book as long as you don't expect more of the same speculative ideas. If you've never read Vinge, or haven't read much sf, this book might not be the best place to start. The reason for that caveat is that the book leaps into a setting that is as far in the future, conceptually, as our society would be to a primitive hunter-gatherer. That means that you start off off-balance and only gradually come to assimilate all the details necessary to really understand the story. This is not criticism (at least in my book) since some of the best sf uses this technique. It requires more effort from the reader but beats hell out of some cutesy expository device or preface. A Fire Upon the Deep is well worth the effort. It is a well-crafted work that blends numerous far-reaching settings, textured characterizations and surprising speculation into a very satisfying whole.
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A Fire upon the Deep came as a recommendation from a friend, and was the first book I read in my first batch of new books.
What awaited me has to be one of the finest SF books I've ever read: simply epic, Vinge manages to encompass and make such an unimaginably endless universe real. The concepts are thrilling, the Tines and the Zones of the galaxy are flat out some the most fascinating and creative ideas I've seen in a while.
To say the least I enjoyed Fire, and was amazed at the fact that a 600+ page book never became dry or boring. Considering current trends of short stories inflated to novel status by stuffing in tons inane drivel and mindless description, Fire was a welcome change.
I recommend Fire upon the Deep for many reason, but the main one being simple: it opened up my mind in ways I didn't think possible.
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Der vorliegende Roman von Vernor Virge handelt von einer Rettungsmission auf der Suche nach einer Geheimwaffe, die ein uraltes erwecktes Böses vor der Zerstörung der Galaxie bewahren soll. Die Handlung spielt an drei Orten gleichzeitig, ist sehr spannend geschrieben, und alle Handlungsstränge fügen sich am Ende zu einem furiosen Finale.
Sehr detailliert hat sich der Autor verschiedene außerirdische Rassen ausgedacht und als Leser/in hat man den Eindruck, dass die Menschen (von den Aliens nur Spezies "Homo sapiens" genannt) in der Milchstraße nur eine kleine unbedeutende Rolle spielen. Eine besondere Rolle in der Geschichte spielen die "Tines", bei denen erst Rudel von Tieren Intelligenz hervorbringen und die "Skroderider", die als baumartige Wesen auf mechanischen Karren beschrieben werden. Die Ausarbeitung der Aliens ist dem Autor besonders gut gelungen und hinterlässt interessante Ideen über die Vielfalt von intelligentem Leben.
Bemerkenswert ist der Aspekt, dass der Gedanke des Internets auf den großen Maßstab übertragen wurde. Es finden sich in dieser fiktionalen Galaxie Jahrtausende alte Datenarchive und die Kommunikation erfolgt mit den bekannten Mitteln E-Mail und Newsgroups. Alle technisch entwickelten Rassen nehmen am "Known Net" teil und Übersetzungscomputer sorgen für Verständigung. Eine durchaus glaubhafte Vorstellung.
Ein Problem, mit dem jeder SciFi-Autor zu kämpfen hat, sind die Beschränkungen der Physik und die Reisedauern selbst bei Lichtgeschwindigkeit. Deshalb findet sich in jeder SciFi-Welt eine Art Warp-Antrieb mit wechselndem Namen.
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