"Vernor Vinge's 'A Fire Upon the Deep'"," A handful of novels
were more than outpaced by dozens of short stories as well as
numerous feature articles.
In fact Vinge's works of fiction are noted for their complexity,
depth of story and character which has rendered him something
of a grandmaster in the SF and won him numerous plaudits from
other writers (some of whom have alluded to him in their own
publications - a highly unusual honour for any author).
Vinge's idea is that the Milky Way Galaxy is divided up into
zones of thought or intelligence, from 'Slow' to 'Fast'.
The Galaxy-spanning cultures created by Vinge are beautifully
imagined, held together by a sort of interstellar network of
communications points and databanks - a version of our own
Earth-bound web given the free reign of space.
We follow the adventures of a small group of diverse but very
engaging characters who are affected by this calamity and how
they eventually combat it.
Several years later Vinge followed up the novel with 'A Deepness
in the Sky' (1999), a slightly lesser but still very worthy sequel or
perhaps more accurately prequel set in the same Universe.
In 'A Fire Upon the Deep' Vinge showed his ability to create
entirely believable, and engagingly human, aliens but in many
ways he surpassed himself in 'A Deepness in the Sky' and justly
garnered several more awards.
Vernon's Vinge is a writer of consummate skill, and humanity, and
anyone wanting to read, and inhabit for a time, one of the most
creative universes of the Sci-Fi genre is in for a true literary
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