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Glory Season

Glory Season [Kindle Edition]

David Brin
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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'David Brin's intelligent and exuberant novels have quickly made him a firm favourite of science fiction fans' -- THE GUARDIAN

'Provocative and intriguing' -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'Remarkably successful' -- INTERZONE


'David Brin's intelligent and exuberant novels have quickly made him a firm favourite of science fiction fans'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 980 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (15 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M4784E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Brin is a scientist, public speaker and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.

David's latest novel - Existence - is set forty years ahead, in a near future when human survival seems to teeter along not just on one tightrope, but dozens, with as many hopeful trends and breakthroughs as dangers... a world we already see ahead. Only one day an astronaut snares a small, crystalline object from space. It appears to contain a message, even visitors within. Peeling back layer after layer of motives and secrets may offer opportunities, or deadly peril.

David's non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- deals with secrecy in the modern world. It won the Freedom of Speech Award from the American Library Association.

A 1998 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. Brin's 1989 ecological thriller - Earth - foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web. David's novel Kiln People has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a future when new technology enables people to physically be in more than two places at once. A hardcover graphic novel The Life Eaters explored alternate outcomes to WWII, winning nominations and high praise.

David's science fictional Uplift Universe explores a future when humans genetically engineer higher animals like dolphins to become equal members of our civilization. These include the award-winning Startide Rising, The Uplift War, Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore and Heaven's Reach. He also recently tied up the loose ends left behind by the late Isaac Asimov: Foundation's Triumph brings to a grand finale Asimov's famed Foundation Universe.

Brin serves on advisory committees dealing with subjects as diverse as national defense and homeland security, astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology, future/prediction and philanthropy.

As a public speaker, Brin shares unique insights -- serious and humorous -- about ways that changing technology may affect our future lives. He appears frequently on TV, including several episodes of "The Universe" and History Channel's "Life After People." He also was a regular cast member on "The ArciTECHS."

Brin's scientific work covers an eclectic range of topics, from astronautics, astronomy, and optics to alternative dispute resolution and the role of neoteny in human evolution. His Ph.D in Physics from UCSD - the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) - followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Space Institute. His technical patents directly confront some of the faults of old-fashioned screen-based interaction, aiming to improve the way human beings converse online.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Uplift 1 Jun 2008
I won't go into details of the plot as some of this has been covered in other reviews & I don't want to add more spoilers. It took me a little while to get into this book but after 100 pages or so I found myself curiously gripped by the protagonist's fate and wanted to read more.

As has been flagged elsewhere, the plot is a little repetitive, especially in the matter of Maia being kidnapped and then escaping, to the point when I began to think, Oh no, not again... I couldn't quite believe the ending - I thought that there must be another chapter somewhere. Perhaps I should re-read the last one but there seemed to be serious discrepancies between what was said to Maia and what actually happened. Though actually I can't be bothered as I have other things to read.

Brin is a seriously good author, especially in the matter of being able to imagine alien societies and make them reasonably convincing, but this book needs editing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - In Parts... 28 Dec 2003
I found Maia's voyage of discovery around her strange, female clone-dominated world very enjoyable, but I don't think it is one of David Brin's best books. She, a summer "var" conceived the old-fashioned way, certainly grows as a character as her adventures continue, but she does seem to spend a lot of time in various captivities, and while major and exciting events do unfold around her towards the end, too often the best bits happen "off camera" - having her read a hurried letter from a friend is not the same as being there! The apparent death of a major character is rather inconclusive, and the book does not really have that great an ending.
Still, the strange new world we progress through is always interesting, and Maia is an engaging character. I certainly don't regret the time I took to read the book, and will be checking out more of Brin's work soon.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Glory Season follows the beginning of reintegration into the human family of the hidden planet Femina, whose founders explicitly re- engineered women's biology to allow parthenogenesis (same device as the 1915 feminist Utopian novel Herland used for reproducing that all-female society). Their motivation was simple: the problems that caused women to need the protection of good men were almost all caused by bad men, they considered, so ------ they decided to dispense with men and simplify life. This feminine civilization turned out to be heavy on crafts and light on machinery, which is plausible. Clans of identical clones formed, which specialized in specific economic niches. The least convincing point in the novel to me is that Brin (who also wrote The Postman, which was made into a recent Kevin Costner movie) makes some women pirates and soldiers, as if every function in our world would have a feminine equivalent there, but I very much doubt that would happen. Echoes of the classic Herland are obvious throughout this modernized and readable version, which takes the point of view of the women, not the interlopers.
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In a life where the dice is already loaded, favoring THEM, _Glory Season_ proves that it isn't easy to survive, but it can be done. Maia spends most of the novel on the run from somebody, captured, escaping, or healing from fresh wounds. Nothing whatsoever seems to go right for the girl, about the equivilant of 15 years of age and very much alone in life. One of the fantastic elements of Brin's work is that when the story unfolds, it keeps going. The circumstances are not laid out all at once, but rather are carefully and delicately given to the reader as if a gift from the author -- not uncommon in Brin's writing style -- something gratefully received after many years of the most basic and monotonous of books. After reading _Glory Season_ the reader is left fulfilled, proud of Maia as if perhaps she was their own daughter, a brave soldier and veteran of life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Brin's best 13 Nov 2002
This book is the closest to Fantasy that David Brin has come.
It is a big "what if..." (see the book description) with good characters and a nice adventure but it is a bit slow paced and somehow, I hardly ever come back to this book to re-read it completly or even just a chapter or two.
As wirtten by the previous reviewer, this book is quite different from the Uplift saga. If you liked Earth and Postman, give this one try but don't put your hopes to high.
If you like this book very much, go look around for Guy Gavriel Kay books.
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This is one of the best book I have read so far. Trust me, I have read books. Although this is only the first book I have read by David Brin, I really admire his work. This book about a planet where most of the people there are female clones is pretty exciting and full of adventures. I cannot express how much I recommend this book enough. I am really looking forward to reading Brin's other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speculative fiction at its best. 3 July 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Glory Season is socially conscious, broad in scope, and well considered. Brin does not restrict his vision, but allows it to run where it will, carefully considering the likely results of speculative concepts, positively littering his books with miniscule gems, any of which might be the entire concept of the work of a lesser writer.
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