By Vernor Vinge
A fireplace Upon the Deep is the large, breakout booklet that fulfills the promise of Vinge's occupation thus far: a gripping story of galactic conflict informed on a cosmic scale.
Thousands of years therefore, many races inhabit a universe the place a mind's power depends upon its place in area, from superintelligent entities within the go beyond, to the constrained minds of the Unthinking Depths, the place in simple terms easy creatures and expertise can functionality. no one understands what unusual strength partitioned area into those "regions of thought," but if the warring Straumli realm use an historical Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unharness an amazing strength that destroys hundreds of thousands of worlds and enslaves all ordinary and synthetic intelligence.
Fleeing the probability, a family members of scientists, together with young ones, are taken captive by means of the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval tradition, and used as pawns in a ruthless energy fight. A rescue challenge, now not completely composed of people, needs to rescue the children-and a mystery which could shop the remainder of interstellar civilization.
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Check," he said. The voice from below counted: "Four thirty-eight... Now! " The winch went on turning. There wasn't much to see. Occasional glimpses of schools of fish hurrying off into the murk. " "Five hundred fathoms. You're passing Beebe now," said the Commander. "Bye-bye, Beebe," said the voice. " Presently the same voice said: "More life around just here. Plenty of squid, large and small. You can probably see 'em. There's something out this way, keeping on the: edge of the light. A big thing.
In which case, we must have eliminated a possible along with some of the impossibles. The bottom of the sea would be a very good place to hide—if one could manage the technical difficulties, "I said. " "H'm. Perhaps we'd better think some more about that," I conceded. " "Yes," he said. " "They come," he said. "Maybe they go. But preponderantly they come. That's about all" I looked down at the maps, the criss-crossing lines, and the red-dotted areas. "Are you doing anything about it? " "Oh, that's why you're here.