The Peace War (Across Realtime #1)
I'm coming off a string of "good books" including 'Ready Player One', Justin Cronin's 'Passage" and Hugh Howley's 'Wool' that each fall into the category of great idea, mediocre execution (in the case of 'Ready Player One' absolutely dreadful execution). None of these authors knows how to make one chara...more
First, it's pretty laughable that his set up is that a bunch of administrators from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, what he calls the Lawrence Enclav...more
After seeing the publication date of 1984 I expected the book to be dated, the technology to be out of place, etc. But it was not. Vinge didn't go into specifics and his concepts traveled quite well to today's reader.
The story itself was compelling. A...more
The “Peace Authority” has stopped war by encasing warring factions in impenetrable force fields known as “bobbles” created by the “Bobbler”. Then all high technology was banned. Fifty years later, the inventor of the Bobbler leads a revolution.
Vinge skillfully describes the human condition in this very odd future world. While most humans are poor, the Peace Authori...more
During the first half of the novel, a reader is initially puzzled by the flash-forwards and other action occurring in somewhat-familiar settings. The mystery is compelling enough to keep you going and find out what calamity has befallen our world to make it into something so unrecognizable. By the time you are a third of the way through, the characters take over. Paul, Wili, Mike, and Del...more
hmm. well. uh. this was interesting. i've been wanting to read vernor vinge for a long time because i've heard nothing but good things about him from my friends. plus, i found out recently that he's actually the ex-husband of one of my favorite female science-fiction writers: joan d. vinge (in fact, in my opinion she's better at it than he is).
the peace war takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian near future, where we f*cked with science to the point where it was nearly our own undoing (if y...more
I also noted this was a Hugo Nominee in 1985, pitted against the likes of:
Neuromancer by William Gibson [Ace, 1984]
Emergence by David R. Palmer [Bantam,...more
Paul Hoehler, the naive polymathic genius inventor of the bobbles, takes on a young apprentice and works to overthrow the Peace Authority, the evil government who subverted his technology (ostensibly to prevent the Earth from destroying itself through its wars and plagues) and now controls the world.
In a relatively modern-day Earth, the Peace Authority controls the world through their bobble technology. They are seen as a savior to some -- bringing peace to a wa...more
That isn't to say that The Peace War is a bad story or uninteresting in its ideas. Most people tend to focus on the central "bobble" force-field technology, which a conspiracy of bureaucrats used to usurp all world govern...more
Perhaps because Reynolds' writing...more
I won't summarize plots or give away anything about the characters. They weren't campy, they developed well, and although I will say I had a few of the plot elements figured out ahead of the pace of...more
Vinge effectively bobbled any character development. Paul should have been the most interesting, rounded, studied character in the story (considering he was integral to the bobble technology), but the reader is left with scant few details of his life, which surely must have been pretty amazing.
The genius of this work is in the way a weapon that kills absolutely nobody, in short a pacifist's weapon, can somehow conquor a world, overthrow governments, put scientists in charge of the world, and then completely screw society. One simple idea, which thankfully no one has invented yet, with such enormous implications, and the author does a wonderful job of teasing t...more
The basic gist is that a group of government scientists discover a means to project a forcfield of sorts they call a 'bobble' around objects. Seen as a great defensive weapon at first [bobble an incoming nuke for protection], they soon...more
In 1997, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory developed a device that could generate a persistent, spherical force field of arbitrary size and project it almost anywhere. The resulting “bobble” will completely cut off whatever is inside the field from the rest of the world. These scientists quickly act to use the bobble to encase nuclear weapons, military bases, cities, and governments. They declare themselves the Peace Authority and enforce peace by threatening to bobble anyone...more
The plot has been well summarized elsewhere. The things I liked about this...more
Madeleine - 4 stars
Another great Vinge story. If you're looking to dabble into sci-fi I'd recommend starting with one of his books. They are always Earth as we know it but with a twist. In this one it's Earth after a corporation takes it over by "bobbling" all the "violent" governments. Only the corporation has high technology - it's deemed too easily abused by the unreliable population so everyone lives in a fuedal Middle Ages environment. But there are rebels.
In The Peace War, Vinge looks at a variation on WW3. Instead of nuclear Armageddon, he has a defense contract discover a miracle technology that effectively gives them ultimat...more
A plot outline of this is that a device called a Bobbler is invented wch encloses threats to peace - at wch point the people inside are hypothesized to die from suffocation. A "Peace Authority" becomes the new world gover...more
Regardless, I'm torn in my review of t...more