By Vernor Vinge
Thousands of years as a result, many races inhabit a universe the place a mind's strength is dependent upon its situation in area - from superintelligent entities within the go beyond, to the constrained minds of the Unthinking Depths, the place basically uncomplicated creatures and know-how can functionality. no one is familiar with 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 strength that destroys millions of worlds and enslaves all ordinary and synthetic intelligence.
Fleeing the risk, a family members 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 strength fight. A rescue occasion, no longer totally composed of people, needs to unfastened the kids - and retrieve a mystery which could keep the remainder of interstellar civilization.
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