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A Fire Upon the Deep is a science fiction novel by American writer Vernor Vinge, a space opera involving superhuman intelligences, aliens, variable physics, space battles, love, betrayal, genocide, and a conversation medium resembling Usenet. A Fire Upon the Deep won the Hugo Award in 1993 (tied with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis).[1]

Besides the normal print book editions, the novel was also included on a CD-ROM sold by ClariNet Communications along with the other nominees for the 1993 Hugo awards. The CD-ROM edition included numerous annotations by Vinge on his thoughts and intentions about different parts of the book.[2]

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ISBN-10:  0812515285
ISBN-13:  978-0812515282
Author:  Vernor Vinge
Genre:  Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher:  Tor Science Fiction
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review by . February 24, 2011
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   When I think of the coolest beginning chapters for space opera tales, I think of this novel. Its first few chapters are soo friggin cool. And as you read on, you find a weird alien species, and combat programmers quickly coding up their space ships so that they can fight better. Its all great, fun stuff. The imaginary astrophysics are surreal and goofy. Basically, as you get farther away from a galactic core, you get more weird and permissive cosmic laws, so that FTL travel, anti-gravity, …
review by . May 13, 2011
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So I finished A Fire Upon the Deep, and I have to say it was...interesting. Vernor Vinge, the author, has done a fantastic job writing this piece of fiction and has built an interesting world for his characters to explore.      The story takes place far in the future, where many worlds and civilizations have risen and fallen, and Earth is a distant memory. The universe is split into zones, some where technology works well, and some where they do not work at all. Transcendental …
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
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This is one of my all time favorite books and one of only a handful I've read twice- and I may just read it again.
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
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   deep and dense, Vinge's classic is one of those books that can claim direct descent from Doc Smith's legendary space operas
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