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Vernor Vinge (1944–2024)

Autor(a) de A Fire upon the Deep

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Image credit: By Mark Pellegrini, at ACM CFP-2006 (L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington DC), May 5, 2006.


Obras de Vernor Vinge

A Fire upon the Deep (1992) 6,392 cópias
A Deepness in the Sky (1999) 4,040 cópias
Rainbows End (2006) 2,990 cópias
The Peace War (1984) 1,340 cópias
Marooned in Realtime (1986) 1,220 cópias
The Children of the Sky (2011) 942 cópias
Across Realtime (1986) 674 cópias
The Witling (1976) 469 cópias
Tatja Grimm's World (1987) 449 cópias
True Names...and Other Dangers (1987) 303 cópias
Across Realtime [Baen Books] (1991) 260 cópias
Threats and Other Promises (1988) — Autor — 143 cópias
Grimm's World (1969) 119 cópias
True Names (1981) 117 cópias
Zones of Thought (1999) 111 cópias
Nightflyers / True Names (Binary Star #5) (1981) — Autor — 50 cópias
Fast Times at Fairmont High (2001) 45 cópias
The Cookie Monster (2003) 38 cópias
The Zones of Thought Trilogy (2017) 22 cópias
The Ungoverned (1985) 9 cópias
Bookworm Run! (1966) 7 cópias
Long Shot [short story] (1972) 7 cópias
The Peddler's Apprentice (1975) — Autor — 6 cópias
Gemstone (1983) 5 cópias
Apartness [novelette] (1965) 4 cópias
Bomb Scare [short story] (1970) 4 cópias
Barbarian Princess (1986) 4 cópias
The Blabber [novella] (1988) 4 cópias
Original Sin [novelette] (1972) 3 cópias
2003 2 cópias
Les enfants du ciel (2012) 2 cópias
Just Peace {short story} (1971) — Autor — 2 cópias
Grimm's Story {novella} (1968) 2 cópias
Foc In Adânc 1 exemplar(es)
Foc ©ʼn ad©Ønc 1 exemplar(es)
A Dry Martini 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Skylark of Space (1928) — Introdução, algumas edições1,066 cópias
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contribuinte — 394 cópias
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contribuinte — 346 cópias
The 1973 Annual World's Best SF (1973) — Contribuinte — 233 cópias
The 1976 Annual World's Best SF (1976) — Autor — 214 cópias
The Stars at War (1986) — Contribuinte, algumas edições192 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Contribuinte — 131 cópias
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Contribuinte — 128 cópias
Republic and Empire (Imperial Stars, Vol 2) (1987) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (2004) — Contribuinte — 119 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2006 (2006) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
The Good New Stuff: Adventure in SF in the Grand Tradition (1999) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
World's Best Science Fiction: 1966 (1966) — Autor — 111 cópias
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contribuinte — 91 cópias
Tomorrow Happens (2003) — Introdução — 81 cópias
Stellar #1: Science-Fiction Stories (1974) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Orbit 4 (1968) — Contribuinte — 77 cópias
Give Me Liberty (2002) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Under African Skies (1993) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Orbit 9 (1971) — Contribuinte — 48 cópias
Dangerous Games (2007) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ... (1974) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Analog Anthology #6: War and Peace (1983) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Premio UPC 2002 : novela corta de ciencia ficción (2003) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum



JUNE READ - SPOILERS - A Fire Upon the Deep em The Green Dragon (Junho 2013)
JUNE READ - NO SPOILERS - A Fire Upon the Deep em The Green Dragon (Maio 2013)
"A Fire Upon the Deep" Group Discussion em Group Reads - Sci-Fi (Março 2009)


Ordinarily, I am a strong proponent of reading fiction series in publication order, even when that sequence differs from the narrative chronology of the books. Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series is a rare exception to the rule. I did read it in publication order, but the second book is a distant prequel to the first, and the third is a very near sequel to the first. I think the best reading order would perhaps be neither publication nor chronology, but to read the third book after the first, and save the second for last. (I really think A Deepness in the Sky is the best of the three and could be fully appreciated as a standalone novel.)

Although this third book The Children of the Sky is nearly as long and complex as either of the others, it doesn't have their level of innovation in character or world vision, largely carrying forth some key cast and the setting of A Fire Upon the Deep. As a result, and especially in contrast to A Deepness in the Sky, it often feels like a mere epilogue to Fire. The ending of Children leaves many of its largest dilemmas and conflicts unresolved, and it pretty clearly implies that Vinge was hoping to eventually write at least one more book to further the story. So this third and sadly final book of Zones of Thought is vexed by some of the weaknesses typical of the second book of a trilogy.

I had planned to defer reading The Children of the Sky for a little longer after reading the second book, but I was prompted to pick it up sooner due to the recent death of its author. My memories of A Fire Upon the Deep were fuzzier than I would have liked, but Vinge was very artful with providing the right amount of indirect exposition so that I felt like I was on top of the story anyhow. I did enjoy the book, even though it was slighter than the other two: perhaps 50% of the readerly illumination for 70% of the reading effort, as compared to one of the others. Vinge kept me caring about his characters and he did surprise me with a couple of major plot twists. I don't want to pan a book that was in many ways admirable, but it was definitely the least of its series.

In the closing pages of the book, Vinge incidentally plays the trick that had so impressed Samuel Delany in Heinlein's Starship Troopers. The presumptively "white" humans of the story with their Nordic-sounding names all turn out to be phenotypically black.
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paradoxosalpha | outras 39 resenhas | May 1, 2024 |
Children of the Sky (2011), the third volume of Vernor Vinge’s Zones of Thought series, is a direct sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep (1992). Set a couple of years after the Battle on Starship Hill, the story moves back and forth between human characters and the Tines, telepathic dog-like pack animals whose intelligence depends on the number and proximity of pack members. Each pack seems to have a specialty—Tycoon is an entrepreneur, Pilgrim is a scout, and Vendacious is a perfectly named villain.
The world-building is complex, original, and internally consistent. I think it must have inspired writers such as Adrian Tchaikovsky, Peter F. Hamilton, and Alistair Reynolds. The story is not so much a space opera as a planetary adventure set at the edge of the slow zone where changes in the laws of physics degrade artificial intelligence. It is a tribute to Vinge’s skill as a storyteller that we care about several of these packs as much as we do the several human characters with whom they interact.
Caveat: Vinge is not a writer who spoon-feeds the exposition, and readers are well-advised to reacquaint themselves with the slow-zone universe before diving in.
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Tom-e | outras 39 resenhas | Apr 29, 2024 |
Oooh boy.
I went into this one with a lot of expectations. It came highly recommended by one of my favorite booktubers and it sat in my to-read shortlist for a few months, during which I probably built it up in my head.
First of all, Vernor Vinge is certainly an accomplished sci-fi author, and he deserves all the praise bestowed upon him by the sci-fi community. I heard that he passed away 3 days ago. RIP.
The author exhibits incredible capabilities when it comes to worldbuilding, describing the fascinating inner workings of alien societies and physiology, coming up with concepts and rules of the world, and all the other things that make or break a good hard sci-fi novel.
There are concepts in this book that I've never come across anywhere else in my long journey through the genre, like the best-ever description of the hive mind, the idea of the Zones that regulate the natural laws in the Galaxy, etc.
However, despite all these positives, I didn't enjoy the read all that much. It is usually a given that the sci-fi novel doesn't have to feature high-quality prose or character-driven stories, but even with that in mind, this book was hard to read. I didn't relate to any of the characters and didn't care about them because none of them felt real. The Tine creatures were written especially cartoonishly. You have your "evil villain", "loyal brave friend", "adventurous hero" and "wise mentor".
The author likes using ellipses a lot, to the point that it gets annoying. Another thing I didn't like was one-word sentences to describe actions or emotions, like, instead of saying "She laughed", it's "Laughter."; "It confused him" - "Confusion."
There is a lot of repetition. For instance, we read how character A learns about X. Then character A tells character B about X. And we read the full description of X again. Then we are in character B's perspective and we read something like, "B thought about the conversation with A. A told him that X works in this and that way..." and there is another full description of X.
In short, the story is grand and epic and all, but the writing is not on a level to support such a great ambitious vision. I won't be reading the sequel.
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AsimGasimzade | outras 140 resenhas | Apr 4, 2024 |
Not Vinge's best work, but a fun read with a compelling protagonist.
Byakhee | outras 108 resenhas | Feb 21, 2024 |



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