Crosby_M (
Tue, 3 Dec 1996 10:43:20 -0500

On Tuesday, December 03, 1996 2:57 AM, Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko wrote:
<Could somebody explain the title [_A Fire Upon the Deep_] to me? This was
the only part of the novel I didn't understand. Now I want to translate it
(the title) into Russian, and it would be helpful if I had some idea what
it means. Thanks!>

Well, here's one interpretation: The Deep is the gallactic mind / Zones of
Thought / KnownNet. Suddenly, an all-consuming Power / Algernon is
awakened with a centrally-planned design to replace the way-too-slow and
'insensitive' mechanisms of evolution, with a burning desire to create an
expanding cloud of everlasting 'life', to convert all the "dead matter"
into "useful" energy. A wildfire rages until the firemen from beyond the
Beyond have to be called in to cool things down. How you would translate
this into Russian I have no idea.