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A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1) A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
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“I never guessed I could cry so hard my face hurt.”
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“Sometimes the biggest disasters aren't noticed at all - no one's around to write horror stories.”
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“Intelligence is the handmaiden of flexibility and change.”
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“One of his greatest talents was empathy; no sadist can aspire to perfection without that diagnostic ability.”
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“Once upon a time I was such a good liar; I could talk the fish right into my mouths.”
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“He claimed that nearby gun thunder cleared the mind - but most everybody else agreed it made you daft.”
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“[The Universe] does not care, and even with all our science there are some disasters that we can not avert. All evil and good is petty before nature. Personally, we take comfort from this, that there is a universe to admire that can not be twisted to villainy or good, but which simply is.”
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“Sometimes terror and pain are not the best levers; deception, when it works, is the most elegant and the least expensive manipulation of all.”
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“Little fish risking everything for a piece of godhood...and not knowing heaven from hell, even when they find it.”
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“Here we begin frank speculation. And since we are speculating, we'll use those powerful pseudo-laws, the Principles of Mediocrity and Minimal Assumption.”
Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep
“All evil and good is petty before Nature. Personally, we take comfort from this, that there is a universe to admire that cannot be twisted to villainy or good, but which simply is.”
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“The illusion of self-awareness. Happy automatons, running on trivial programs. I'll bet you never guess. From the inside, how can you?”
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“We're endangered by our own success.”
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“Ravna became a librarian. "The ultimate dilettante!" Lynne had teased.”
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“The hours came to minutes, the minutes to seconds. And now each second was as
long as all the time before”
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“Five seconds, ten seconds, more change than ten thousand years of a human
civilization. A billion trillion constructions, mold curling out from every wall,
rebuilding what had been merely superhuman.”
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“Pham Nuwen plunked himself down, stretching indolently.”
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“Over the last few weeks, some newsgroups have been full of tales of war and battle fleets, of billions dying in the clash of species. To all such — and those living more peaceably around them — we say look out on the universe. It does not care, and even with all our science there are some disasters that we can not avert. All evil and good is petty before Nature. Personally, we take comfort from this, that there is a universe to admire that cannot be twisted to villainy or good, but which simply is.”
Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep
“In the large, the Zones of Thought followed the mass distribution of the galaxy: The Unthinking Depths extending down to the soft glow of the galactic Core. Farther out, the Great Slowness, where humankind had been born, where ultralight could not exist and civilizations lived and died unknowing and unknown. And the Beyond, the stars about four-fifths out from the center, extending well off-plane to include places like Relay. The Known Net had existed in some form for billions of years in the Beyond. It was not a civilization; few civilizations lasted longer than a million years. But the records of the past were quite complete. Sometimes they were intelligible. More often, reading them involved translations of translations of translations, passed down from one defunct race to another with no one to corroborate—worse than any multihop net message could ever be. Yet some things were quite clear: There had always been the Zones of Thought, though perhaps they were slightly inward-moved now. There had always been wars and peace, and races upwelling from the Great Slowness, and thousands of little empires. There had always been races moving into the Transcend, to become the Powers…or their prey.”
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“Its agents -- not even
human equivalent on this primitive hardware -- raced through the ship's
automation”
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“This was a commercial situation, not some exercise in an Applied Theology course.”
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“Hexapodia as the key insight”
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