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A Fire Upon the Deepby Vernor Vinge
Synopses & Reviews
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 forever changed.
'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. A mind-stretching, challenging novel.'
'Heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best.'
'The reader grows breathless, carried away in a way that only the very best can manage.'
'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...One of the best novels of the year!'
'[T]he first grand SF I've read in ages...Awesome vistas of time and space. Vinge is one of the best visionary writers of SF today.'
'Vast, riveting, far-future saga...The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight, the plot
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