By Vernor Vinge
Thousands of years accordingly, many races inhabit a universe the place a mind's capability will depend on its position in house - 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 familiar with what unusual strength partitioned area into those 'zones of thought', but if the warring Straumli realm use an historic Transcendent artefact as a weapon, they unwittingly unharness an amazing strength that destroys millions of worlds and enslaves all ordinary and synthetic intelligence.
Fleeing the probability, a relatives of scientists, together with childrens, are taken captive by means of the Tines - an alien race with a harsh medieval tradition - and used as pawns in a ruthless energy fight. A rescue social gathering, no longer solely composed of people, needs to loose the youngsters - and retrieve a mystery which may keep the remainder of interstellar civilization.
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