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Monthly Meeting - "A Fire Upon The Deep" by Vernor Vinge

"A Fire Upon The Deep" by Vernor Vingle

Our monthly meeting to review the current book. As usual please bring one part of the book you really enjoyed or didn't for discussion.

Length - 624 pages

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 is the winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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  • Diane

    Not looking good for the diorama. I'm trying to get packed to move and I didn't get it finished :-(

    May 28, 2014

  • Roy A.

    Finished the book just in time.... for not being able to make the meeting because of travel. Things look the same for next month as well!
    Loved the book. Great inventiveness in alien species. Interesting plot with everything from the slow deep to Powers. I look forward to the sequel which is later in the year.

    May 22, 2014

  • Roy A.

    I have started the book, but just realized that I will not be able to come to the meeting. I wish this didn't happen as often as it does, but not much I can do about it.

    April 30, 2014

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