I am very grateful to James R. Frenkel for the wonderful job of editing he has done with this book. During the summer of , I visited Norway. Many things I saw there influenced the writing of this story. Thanks also to various members of the USENET science-fiction community for encouraging republication of the annotated version in Thanks to Jeff Gomez of St.
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I am very grateful to James R. Frenkel for the wonderful job of editing he has done with this book. During the summer of , I visited Norway.
Many things I saw there influenced the writing of this story. Thanks also to various members of the USENET science-fiction community for encouraging republication of the annotated version in Thanks to Jeff Gomez of St. Vinge, with love. Over the years, as storage capacities increased, I found that even this extremely crude tactic could be very helpful in story development. About one fourth of my Fire Upon the Deep manuscript is such hidden commentary. These comments served a variety of purposes, and I used various tag words to discriminate between these purposes see the table below.
Besides formal tags, I had a large number of key words to identify different aspects of the story. I used several tools — mainly grep — to follow the key words around the manuscript.
I think the annotated manuscript was fun for people who wanted to look behind the scenes at a story as it is being constructed. In preparing the manuscript notes for publication, I tried to extend and clean up the notes. However, I want to warn you that since these are mainly internal development notes, they are often cryptic, repetitive, and inconsistent. The notes are also tentative in the sense that they may be contradicted by later-written sequels and prequels.
There are interesting things in these notes, but you can get lost in the tedium of minor issues or be led astray by discussion of problems that were later solved leaving the discussion without referent! Hopefully, this introduction will make it more convenient for people who do want to look at the notes.
A Zoology of Annotations In the formatting of this edition, comments are easily identified by their graphical layout. Commands to my formatter inherited from Kernighan.
Setting[ edit ] The novel is set in various locations in the Milky Way. Artificial intelligence and automation is most directly affected, in that advanced hardware and software from the Beyond or the Transcend will work less and less well as a ship "descends" towards the Unthinking Depths. But even biological intelligence is affected to a lesser degree. The four zones are spoken of in terms of "low" to "high" as follows: The Unthinking Depths are the innermost zone, surrounding the galactic core. In it, only minimal forms of intelligence, biological or otherwise, are possible. This means that any ship straying into the Depths will be stranded, effectively permanently.
A Fire Upon the Deep