A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought) by Vernor Vinge

By Vernor Vinge

Thousands of years as a result, many races inhabit a universe the place a mind's strength relies on its place in area - from superintelligent entities within the go beyond, to the restricted minds of the Unthinking Depths, the place purely easy creatures and expertise can functionality. not anyone is aware what unusual strength partitioned house into those 'zones of thought', but if the warring Straumli realm use an old Transcendent artefact as a weapon, they unwittingly unharness an grand energy that destroys hundreds of thousands of worlds and enslaves all common and synthetic intelligence.
Fleeing the hazard, a kin of scientists, together with young ones, are taken captive through the Tines - an alien race with a harsh medieval tradition - and used as pawns in a ruthless strength fight. A rescue social gathering, no longer totally composed of people, needs to unfastened the kids - and retrieve a mystery that can store the remainder of interstellar civilization.

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