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The Peace War (original 1984; edition 2003)

by Vernor Vinge

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Title:The Peace War
Authors:Vernor Vinge
Info:Tor Books (2003), Edition: 1, Paperback, 304 pages
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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 |
This was a thought-provoking look at how technology doesn't always make the world better for everyone. I liked the interactions between Wili, Paul and Alison as they work together to defeat the Peace Authority. ( )
  krin5292 | Jul 28, 2008 |
Intriguing look at the possible uses and misuses of anti-weapons techology, i.e. seriously hardcore force fields, for example. Or, military conflicts fought as world wide games of Bubble Bobble! Well, not quite, but that sort of thing. Some altruists are working on either side, so not black and white.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2006/12/peace-war-vernor-vinge.html ( )
  bluetyson | Jan 16, 2008 |
Good, better than most sci-fi but the bobbling premise was a little far-fetched. Still, entertaining otherwise though. ( )
  bradsucks | Nov 21, 2007 |
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Aaltonen, EinariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidd, TomCover 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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