re: A Fire Upon the Deep ending

Anton Sherwood (
Sun, 25 May 1997 23:46:36 -0700

quoth Hal Finney--
: One problem with this is that the Zones are said to be shrinking at
: 710 m/s. This is about 2000 ly per billion years. So if the Slow Zone
: was pushed out beyond the Transcend, it would need to shrink more like
: 10,000 ly to be back to where it is today, requiring 5 billion years.
: But this is much longer than their history seems to go back. Possibly the
: surge is more temporary, shrinking back at a much faster rate initially,
: then slowing down as the Zones approach their "natural" states. In that
: case the previous incarnation of the Blight might have happened only a
: billion or two years ago.

Didn't the Zones contract around Tines World just before the
Countermeasure's final surge, so that Tines World was briefly
in Transcend?

One thing we do know (from "The Blabber") is that Ravna is destined
to return to the Beyond, somehow.

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