By Vernor Vinge
Thousands of years therefore, many races inhabit a universe the place a mind's strength depends on its situation in area - from superintelligent entities within the go beyond, to the constrained minds of the Unthinking Depths, the place merely basic creatures and know-how can functionality. no one understands what unusual strength partitioned area into those 'zones of thought', but if the warring Straumli realm use an old Transcendent artefact as a weapon, they unwittingly unharness an grand strength that destroys millions of worlds and enslaves all typical and synthetic intelligence.
Fleeing the probability, a kinfolk of scientists, together with young children, are taken captive by means of the Tines - an alien race with a harsh medieval tradition - and used as pawns in a ruthless strength fight. A rescue celebration, no longer solely composed of people, needs to unfastened the youngsters - and retrieve a mystery that can keep the remainder of interstellar civilization.
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A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought) by Vernor Vinge