When Vinge first got Marooned in Realtime in Analog back in the 1980's, I
didn't get it. Story-telling as an attempt to illustrate scientific or
philiosophical concepts must be extremely trying as a type pf communication.
A Fire Upon the Deep was better because Vinge was creative enough to use the
"net newsgroup feeds" and they were integral to the plot also.
In a message dated 7/7/00 10:44:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Heh. In MAROONED, the Singularity is a Disappearance (an Implosion, sort
of) and it is *explicitly* preceded by gestalt people with
radio-telepathy... (To be stuck a few seconds away from the Earth-Moon
nexus, Vinge's near-Singularity character tells us bleakly, was hellishly
Damien Broderick >>
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