- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (1 Feb. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857233727
- ISBN-13: 978-1857233728
- Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3 x 10.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Startide Rising (Uplift) Paperback – 1 Feb 1996
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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.
Vivid, intelligent and gripping hard SF. (SFX)
About the Author
David Brin is the acclaimed Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of ten novels and two collections of short stories. He has a doctorate in astrophysics, and has been a consultant to NASA and a graduate-level physics professor. He lives in California.
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It is a MUST BE READ book for not only sci-fi lovers only but fiction lovers as well.
Startide Rising was first published in 1983 and is one of the rare SF novels to 'win the double', securing both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel, a feat also achieved by Dune, Neuromancer, Doomsday Book, Rendezvous with Rama and Ender's Game. It's one of the best space opera novels published in the last thirty years and is probably the most advisable starting point for reading Brin's Uplift Saga (the first book, Sundiver, is the weakest in the series and has little to nothing to do with the other five books, though still a reasonably entertaining novel on its own merits).
The book is notable for being a space opera where most of the action takes place deep underwater, and where humans are in the minority as characters. Most of the cast are neo-dolphins, 'uplifted' from animals into sentient beings. They are mostly at home in the water, but have cybernetic walkers to allow them to interact with humans on dry land.Read more ›
Whether or not you have read the previous book in the saga, "Sundiver", the extraordinary opening position really sucks you in.
The earth spaceship "Streaker", commanded and largely crewed by the galaxy's newest starfaring race - dolphins - is running from the battle fleets of practically every major power in five galaxies. While exploring, Streaker's crew found the long-lost remains of fifty thousand ancient and gigantic spaceships which have been lying derelict in space for billions of years. As soon as Streaker transmitted a message indicating what they had found, war broke out all over our galaxy and the four neighbouring ones. All the major powers jump to the conclusion that these ships may have belonged to the legendary "Progenitors" who founded the civilisation of the five galaxies and all try to grab Streaker's information by force. The only thing which gives either Streaker or humanity a chance of survival is that all the major powers go to war with each other as well as with us. As everything goes to hell in a handcart, the government of Earth has time to send one brief order - hide!
And that's just the start of a fantastic work of imagination ...
The uplift series consists of
2) Startide Rising
3) The Uplift War
and then the second trilogy:
4) Brightness Reef
5) Infinity's Shore
6) Heaven's Reach
There is also an illustrated guide to the Universe of the Uplift saga, "Contacting Aliens" by David Brin and Kevin Lenagh.Read more ›
Early on, one is left thinking that the author will struggle to hold your interest until the end but the tension builds nicely and the conceptual originality which started in Sundiver builds nicely.
The dictionary at the front is useful and considerably helps in interpretation and understanding. The end is very clever and keeps you guessing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would get more stars but terribly edited. Punctuation missing, randomly switches from Italics and back again. Very grating to read. Great story though, if a little odd.Published 18 months ago by C. F. Kingsmill
The book itself is excellent, but there are enough formatting errors and spelling mistakes in the Kindle version to be annoying. It looks as though it has been OCR'd.Published on 18 Nov. 2013 by FC
It's one of the best sci if books I have ever read. First read it in the 90s and could not put it down. Awesome book. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2012 by Pete
Great idea to write the novel from the perspective of a water based animal. Also, Brin tries to explore the different psychology of non-human species. Read morePublished on 13 May 2012 by Amazon Customer
One of the best books i've ever read and a great start (2nd one in the series really) to the uplift war/saga. its so good, you will read the rest if you start with this one.Published on 1 May 2012 by fohat
I think some reviewers have missed the point when they say that books in this trilogy (and the next one) are disjointed. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2002