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David Brin
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1 Feb 1996 Uplift
The second in the Uplift series and winner of the Hugo and Nebula award, this novel describes how a spaceship crew of dolphins and a genetically engineered human find an ancient fleet and cadaver. They must fight to carry their prize of knowledge and power back to Earth.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (1 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857233727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857233728
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Website: http://www.davidbrin.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/davidbrin1

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER SO LATE. 10 Jan 2002
Format:Paperback
I am sorry that I havent read this and other Uplift books before. But better to read late than never. In this book with the background given in SUN DIVER (First book of Uplift Saga), you find yourself in a forgotton corner of the uplift universe. With the dolphins and man as a team (though it is weird for the ancient galactics to work as a team for the clients and masters) earthlings are against all universe. Usually when reading a book you put yourself in the place of the main character. In this book in each chapter you view the galaxy with the eyes of one of the characters. Though it is sometimes tiresome to try to reach the speed of the events, David Brin made it fantastically wonderful. Also the thought mechanisms of eatiees and uplifted dolphins and chimpanzees are well plotted. Time to time I asked myself whether David Brin live among those eatiees.
It is a MUST BE READ book for not only sci-fi lovers only but fiction lovers as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific fun 16 July 2011
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The abandoned and fallow ocean world of Kithrup, AD 2489. The predominantly dolphin-crewed starship Streaker has sought refuge deep underwater whilst pursuing armadas belonging to dozens of major Galactic races clash in the skies overhead, each fighting for the right to capture Streaker and the secrets she possesses. Streaker has found a fleet of abandoned starships in a globular cluster that date back to the time of the fabled Progenitors, and there are races willing to commit murder and genocide to learn more about the birth of intergalactic civilisation. The crew of the Streaker will have to call upon all their resources and cleverness if they are to escape from Kithrup, but the crew itself is divided over the course of action to take, and the planet itself harbours dark secrets of its own.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifted dolphins and politics in Space 20 May 2004
Format:Paperback
The second book in the uplift series but in reality part 1 of the Uplift Wars.A good read which is more about the dirty politics of alien cultures including our own, but it maintains the readers interest despite never properly addressing the cause of the problem which no doubt is to come in the Uplift Wars proper.
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.
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By Marshall Lord TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Startide Rising" was the second book in the original "Uplift" hard science fiction trilogy, which was followed by a second trilogy a few years later. It is one of my all-time favourite science fiction books.

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

1) Sundiver
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, bad Kindle formatting
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 5 months ago by FC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stupendous read
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 more
Published 20 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and imaginative Sci-Fi
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 more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars short review
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 24 months ago by fohat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - the key book in both trilogies
I think some reviewers have missed the point when they say that books in this trilogy (and the next one) are disjointed. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted and not well integrated with first in series.
The plot is a little too contrived, although its passable. The end drags on too much in my opinion.
There is little or no continuity with the first Uplift book other than a... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2001 by bigbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in the series
Like the first Uplift book, this is rather slow to star off. The lack of human characters may make this book rather confusing at first but it quickly improves and, in my opinion,... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2000
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