The Peace War

{4.5/5} “Confinement spheres — bobbles — are not so much force fields as they are partitions, separating the in- and outside of their surfaces into distinct universes. Gravity alone can penetrate. The Tucson bobble was originally generated around an ICBM over the arctic. It fell to earth near its target, the missile fields at Tucson. The hell bomb inside exploded harmlessly, in the universe on the far side of the bobble’s surface.”

There had been a war in the late 20th century, and it’s now 50 years later. The Peace Authority, those with the bobble technology, are now in charge. But some people think that life would be better without the Peace’s restrictions on technology. And one man, Paul Naismith, has been able to reproduce the bobble technology in secret. So now there will be another war.

The Peace War by Vernor Vinge was published in 1984.

It’s about people fighting back against tyranny.

Paul, a genius, has finally found a protégé — Wili. Wili learns to live in Paul’s more polite society and learns to integrate his mind with machines — it’s the latter that gives them a chance against superior forces.

It’s a great book for science fiction fans.

I read Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky a few years ago and they were both brilliant.

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One Response to “The Peace War”

  1. Dave Switzer Says:

    This novel, the story “The Ungoverned,” and the novel “Marooned in Realtime” are available as an omnibus titled “Across Realtime.”

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