-winning science fiction
novel by Vernor Vinge
, about a quest
to rescue two young children marooned
on a medieval planet amid wolf
creatures called Tines
, and at the same time end the threat of an insane god/computer that threatens to ravage the entire galaxy
if not stopped in time. Notable for featuring an analogue of the USENET
on a galactic scale (and, if rumor
is to be believed, imitations of the posting styles of various famous USENET kooks
of the time it was written).
The prequel, A Deepness in the Sky, was published in 1999.
A Fire Upon the Deep is available for PDAs via Peanut Press.