Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought universe.

Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"

2008-05-16 · in Books, Zones of Thought · 52 words

This falls into the spectacularly-well-rendered-aliens subgenre of hard SF, along with Mission of Gravity and Dragon's Egg -- but then there's the space-operatic frame story too... Very hard to find fault with: strongly recommended.

If I'd read this a year later, I probably would have got more of the Norwegian references...