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After the World Ends
Fifty years before, the "Peace Authority" took control of governments worldwide with a radically different weapon, the "bobbler," which encased its targets within an impenetrable force field, rendering resistance impotent. After the decimation caused by severe plagues, civilization fell into a semifeudal state, and all high technology was banned.
But Paul Naismith, inventor of the bobbler, has never given up hope, and having hidden from the usurpers for decades, he is finally ready to lead the tinker underground against the evil he helped to create. The odds against them seem impossibly long. Nothing has been able to defeat the Peace Authority's bobbler.
Until now . . .
"Combines the tautness of a political thriller with strong characterizations. A suspenseful story."
"Conveys the excitement of a conceptual breakthrough as well as the gap between theory and actuality."
"A fascinating scientific concept worked into a colorful, carefully thought-out future."
Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including one for each of his last three novels, A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and Rainbow's End (2006). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his science fiction, he became an iconic figure among cybernetic scientists with the publication in 1981 of his novella "True Names," which is considered a seminal, visionary work of Internet fiction. His many books also include Marooned in Realtime.
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, Vinge is the son of geographers. Fascinated by science and particularly computers from an early age, he has a Ph.D. in computer science, and taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University for thirty years. He has gained a great deal of attention both here and abroad for his theory of the coming machine intelligence Singularity. Sought widely as a speaker to both business and scientific groups, he lives in San Diego, California.
Nice to see a new, non fantasy take on the future. Good characters that act in real ways. I liked the use of possible science that adds depth to the story without being a god... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Scott G. P. Morrison
This was a fantastic story! Don't know how I missed reading it back when it was published!Published 8 months ago by Keith J. Trouwborst
In fairness, I'm comparing to Vernor's Fire Upon the Deep and a Deepness in the sky, which were 5 star. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeffrey B. Barbieri
Kept my attention. Plenty of action and compares with real life cases well.Published 12 months ago by Dennis M. Markwith
On the positive side, this slightly dated dystopian novel of the near future is suspenseful and for the most part, easy to read and compelling, once the reader accepts the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Alanzzzz
I enjoyed a deepness in the sky and the zones of thought books. I bought this
and it was fun and engaging.
I consider 4 stars is a very high rating. Read more
It's a pretty decent adventure story. As a sci fi story, however, it is pretty ordinary - the world in the aftermath of a nuclear war. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Barry Blyveis