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The Peace War by Vernor Vinge

The Peace War (1984)

by Vernor Vinge

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Creative near future story! I liked it. ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
While not Vinge's most impressive novel (I'll give ‘A Fire Upon the Deep' that designation), The Peace War is a very competent, effective post-apocalyptic/science fiction novel.
Some years ago, at the outbreak of international war, someone invented the ‘bobble' – spherical containment fields which could eliminate threats by creating an unbreakable barrier around a weapon, or battalion...
The war was terribly destructive anyway, and now a level of reduced technology is enforced by mob-style governments. However, a technological underground resistance exists – including the brilliant scientist who invented this field. When he finds a ghetto urchin who may be a natural math genius, he finally agrees to take on an apprentice.
But the situation is becoming more hazardous for the underground, because it seems that someone else has discovered the secret of the bobble. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Very well plotted drama of tinkerers vs bureaucrats in a world with a typical Vinge SF element, impregnable time stasis spheres. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
I tried, I really tried. I was curious about what the spheres represent, but I couldn't deal with the racism and misogyny. Ugh. Sure, some of it was on purpose, but that doesn't mean I gotta endure it.
  GinnyTea | Mar 31, 2013 |
Just the title of this book is contradictory, and therefore pretty intriguing. A peace war? Yes, a peace war.
It is 'the future' (1997 and 2047, the book was first published in 1984), and the 'bobble' is invented. It is a forcefield that can encapsule something, killing it in the moment. The Peace, started by the scientists who invented the bobble, has used the bobbles to put an end to war by encapsulating all hostile, explosive elements. The population of the world is greatly diminished by biologically engineered plagues. Because of this, and their quest against war, the Peace has forbidden all biological and electronic development to prevent the rest of the world inventing a solution to the bobbles or different weapons to rekindle war. All this leads to a pretty bleak life for most humans, as the Peace is effectively a dictatorship ruling most of the world. The story starts fifty years after the first bobble appeared, with Wili, a math wiz-kid, Paul, an old inventor, and weird things happening to the bobbles. For the people living in hiding of the Peace, this might be their chance to finally offer a real fight.
This book was a Hugo nominee, and based on that I expected a pretty good story, well written with good characters. Instead I felt more like I was reading a young adult novel. There was something like romance (also promised to me by the cover of the book), which wasn't really explored. There was adventure, a trip through the land under the threat of the Peace, but I never really believed the threat. Anytime something difficult came up, anytime the main characters were really under threat, somebody magically had the solution. Something maybe never seen in the past fifty years, and all of a sudden it is there, within less time than anybody ever needed. On top of all that, the ending was pretty confusing, and felt like a set-up for a second book. All in all, pretty disappointing, three out of five stars. ( )
  divinenanny | Feb 13, 2012 |
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Verhaal, spelend in het Californië van na de 3e Wereldoorlog. De mensen wonen verspreid in kleine dorpjes en hebben een hoog ontwikkelde micro-techniek. De VN is vervangen door de Vredesmacht, die elke tegenstand "inbobbelt" in energiebellen, een wereldpolitiemacht. Een begaafde tiener en een oude man (van voor de oorlog) proberen de "bobbels" en daarmee de greep van de "Vredesmacht" te breken. Een spannend verhaal, goed uitgewerkt scenario. Realistische omschrijving van de "naoorlogse" samenleving en technische apparatuur. Personages goed uitgewerkt. In het begin nog twee verhalen, wordt het later knap in een gevlochten. Slot helaas wat tam. Kleine letter.

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Vernor Vingeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aaltonen, EinariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidd, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Peace War is quintessential hard-science adventure. The Peace Authority conquered the world with a weapon that never should have been a weapon--the "bobble," a spherical force-field impenetrable by any force known to mankind. Encasing governmental installations and military bases in bobbles, the Authority becomes virtually omnipotent. But they've never caught Paul Hoehler, the maverick who invented the technology, and who has been working quietly for decades to develop a way to defeat the Authority. With the help of an underground network of determined, independent scientists and a teenager who may be the apprentice genius he's needed for so long, he will shake the world, in the fast-paced hard-science thriller that garnered Vinge the first of his four Hugo nominations for best novel.

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