The Peace War (Across Realtime #1)
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
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
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
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
Perhaps because Reynolds' writing...more
I quite liked it. The idea of "bobblers," devices that put a field around a mass of space, which stops time inside them, is pretty cool. In the novel, the bobblers were used to stop a major war 50 years in the past, by "embobbling" all the nukes. Even though this book is now more than 20 ye...more
Some years ago, at the outbreak of international war, someone invented the ‘bobble' – spherical containment fields which could eliminate threats by creating an unbreakable barrier around a weapon, or battalion...
The war was terribly destructive anyway, and now a level of reduced technology is enforced by mob-style governm...more
I must give credit back to Chronos from www.ultimatetimetravel.com for his review of this book from 2009... Read it here and then get the book - http://bit.ly/orbMaK
Frankly, I'm amazed that I can find no buzz on the internet about this being made into a movie. It's paced like a movie, it's got act...more
Science fiction usually dates quite fast, especially when written about the not-too-distant future. What impresses about this 1984 publication is that I don't notice it dating at all. The future technology still seems exciting, futuristi...more
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
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
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
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
Regardless, I'm torn in my review of t...more
The plot has been well summarized elsewhere. The things I liked about this...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
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.
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
The best reason I would say this is a worth read, is that it is a requisite for reading the sequel, which is a lot better. Generally, the technological ideas here are far superior to the plot-line build and character development, even though the plot does keep you on your toes. it is an interesting and fun read, recommended.