Friday, June 09, 2006

The Peace War - Vernor Vinge

fifty years previously, the peace authority won the battle against a war-torn world. they owe their victory to a superior technology which allows them to trap in a “bobble” all violent forces. once instantaneously enclosed, the bobble is impenetrable whether from the outside or the inside.

and thus the peace authority has preserved the peace (what else!) for five decades even if through dictatorial means. though still garnering some support from the people, most factions (e.g. the tinkers, the bio-scientists) are planning to stage a rebellion against the authority. the uprising is being led by the great scientist/mathematician himself, paul naismith who, incidentally is credited with the invention of the bobble, a weapon the authority has so wantonly used.

i hesitate to make comments about this book as i fear i do not posses the broad view. to me, stories with a science fiction aura to them (like “the peace war”) are usually (with rare exceptions) automatic good stories. when i can’t put my finger on any political argument in the novel, at the back of my mind, there’s always that factor that it’s a science fiction story.

so i will not further dillydally or uselessly waste your precious time, and instead will attempt to summarize my commentary in a few simple words: “the peace war” is fast-paced right from the start and it builds up to a very satisfying climax.

rating: 3 of 5 stars * * *
biases aside, this is a victory for a very underrated vernor vinge.

1 comment:

rob said...

I've heard his other books are also good. Vinge was on my list of authors to check out a few years ago, and I totally forgot about him.

'Marooned in Realtime', the sequel to this book, looks interesting too.