A Fire Upon the Deep by Scott Rosenberg

This is one of those novels that propels science fiction as a genre to the top of the literary heap. The far-future setting is mind-stretching but extremely believable, such as its take on what today's computer networking will evolve into hundreds of years from now when humanity (and other species) have a network which spans the galaxy.

Much of the book is told from the perspective of an alien species, and it takes a few chapters to even grasp what these creatures are. Forget the silly, humanoid-but-bumpy-headed aliens of TV, or the spooky but implausible humanoid-but-has-acid-for-blood aliens of the movies. This is true hardcore scifi and the makeup of the alien species will blow your mind as it explores what we mean by "life" and "sentience."

Rating: 5 of 5
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