Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Tue, 03 Dec 1996 23:00:47 -0600

> Could somebody explain the title to me?

Looks to me like a piece of creative imagery. If I had to give the
flavor, it would be: "There is a great Power born from the depths of
time, A Fire Upon The Deep, arising from a hidden and unknown realm in
power and majesty and rebirth."

(A belatedly added note: I do not necessarily approve of this
sentiment, but it does happen to be the emotion I think Vinge was trying
to convey.)

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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