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The Peace War

(1984)
(The first book in the Across Real Time series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Hugo Best Novel (nominee)
Prometheus Award Best Novel
The Barnes & Noble Review
After being out of print for more than a decade, one of Vernor Vinge's earliest novels is available once again. Welcome back to The Peace War, the Hugo Award–nominated 1984 classic about how scientific breakthroughs can be turned into civilization-altering weapons by unscrupulous political organizations.

When a group of researchers, led by genius mathematician Paul Hoehler, discover a way to generate "bobbles -- impenetrable, spherical force fields that can separate small areas of space from the normal universe -- a cadre of radicals at the lab site uses the technology to encapsulate important government and military installations all over the world in the name of peace. Fifty years later, the dictatorial group (known as the Peace Authority) has stopped war and mass killings; but in doing so, it has thrown civilization back centuries and has virtually wiped out scientific innovation, most of which is considered illegal. There is, however, an underground network of freethinkers and scientists known as Tinkers, who are plotting to overthrow the Peace Authority and free the millions of innocents being oppressed by the fanatical tyrants. Leading the cause is no other than Paul Hoehler, the man who discovered the bobble technology half a century earlier!

Fans of Vinge's later works -- like the shelf-bending Hugo Award–winning novels A Fire upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky -- will delight in this visionary work, a quintessential hard science fiction tale that is just as powerful today as it was in 1984. It's a classic, pure and simple! Paul Goat Allen


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Hardback Editions

December 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Peace War
Author(s): Vernor Vinge
ISBN: 0-89366-252-6 / 978-0-89366-252-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bluejay
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August 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Peace War
Author(s): Vernor Vinge
ISBN: 0-312-94342-3 / 978-0-312-94342-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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June 1984 : USA Hardback

Title: The Peace War
Author(s): Vernor Vinge
ISBN: 0-317-58849-4 / 978-0-317-58849-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ultramarine Pub Co
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Paperback Editions

December 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Peace War
Author(s): Vernor Vinge
ISBN: 0-7653-0883-5 / 978-0-7653-0883-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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October 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Peace War
Author(s): Vernor Vinge
ISBN: 0-330-29959-X / 978-0-330-29959-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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May 1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Peace War (Across Real Time, Bk 1)
Author(s): Vernor Vinge
ISBN: 0-671-55965-6 / 978-0-671-55965-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Peace War
Author(s): Vernor Vinge
Publisher: Tor Books
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