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The Uplift War

The Uplift War [Kindle Edition]

David Brin
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Brin's storytelling abilites come to the fore in THE UPLIFT WAR. He handles a large cast extremely well, and the course of the war is laid out to make a thrilling, nail-biting storyline that moves at neckbreak speed. (VECTOR)

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As galactic armadas clash in quest of the ancient fleet of the Progenitors, a brutal alien race seizes the dying planet of Garth. The various uplifted inhabitants must battle their overlords of face ultimate extinction. At stake is the existence of Terran society and Earth and the fate of the entire Five Galaxies.

THE UPLIFT WAR is the third book in David Brin's magnificent Uplift series. Winner of the Hugo award when it was first published, it is a sweeping, brilliantly crafted story of adventure and wonder from one of the greatest writers of science fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 653 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1857233719
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (30 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M9Q1XI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,230 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Not a devastating book like Brin's "Earth", but still highly entertaining. The third book in the Uplift series, based upon Earths struggling new place in a galactic civilisation of eons old races. This book strives (and to a large extent succeeds) in adding new ideas to a genre where other others just give up and re-invent. It is entertaining and the characters are deep, lifelike (and often amusing, e.g. Ulthac..). Start with book one (sundiver) though!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well paced inventive novel. 27 Jan 2001
By bigbird
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As a stand alone book this is well paced and inventive. Some ideas...such as the use of Patron's Voice...were not fully explored, but maybe we've heard enough of that particular ability in the Dune novels.
As part of a series it doesn't integrate that well with the two that have gone before. There are some references to the 2nd novel but none of the characters feature in this book and one of the clans (Thennanin)seems to be at odds with the characterisation we've been given in previous books.
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Have just finished reading Brin's first Uplift trilogy back-to-back. I like and dislike these books in equal measure.

I love the stories themselves, and the imagination behind them. The stories and premises behind these books, and the universe that Brin created, are interesting, entertaining and well worth exploring if you haven't come across them before. The characters are mostly well defined and engaging. Fiben in particular stands out and could easily support another novel. At the opposite end of the spectrum, though, Prathachulthorn is totally unconvincing: a one-dimensional, predictable, cringeworthy cliché that really let the final section of the book down. Purely in terms of the story, I'd give this four stars.

Where things fall down for me is the book itself: the actual text. Firstly the abysmal editing/proof-reading. As with the other two books in this trilogy the text is absolutely riddled with errors: spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, random words italicised where it makes no sense. There are editing errors on every page; the publishers should be ashamed at the quality of the published text. Combined with Brin's choice of phrasing and specific words, which I often found pretentious or contrived, immersion in the book was very hard to come by, despite enjoying the story itself.
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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
"The Uplift War" was the third book in the original "Uplift" hard science fiction trilogy, which was followed by a second trilogy a few years later.

Although I think it reads slightly better if you have read one or both of the earlier two books in the series first, this book will stand on its own.

Virtually the whole of this story is set on a planet called "Garth" which is an earth colony whose population consists of a few humans, a rather larger number of "uplifted" neo-chimpanzees - bio-engineered to be fully sentient - and a handful of illegally present gorillas.

In the previous book, the earth spaceship "Streaker", commanded and largely crewed by dolphins, accidentally touched off an intergalactic war by discovering 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 jumped to the conclusion that these ships may have belonged to the legendary "Progenitors" who founded the civilisation of the five galaxies, and most of them are willing to go to any lengths to grab Streaker's information or force Earth to surrender it. The only thing which gives Streaker, humanity, or earth colonies like Garth a chance of survival as everything goes to hell in a handcart, is that all the major powers go to war with each other as well as with us.

Garth is invaded by an overwhelming force of Gubru, a senior galactic "Patron" race who are large trisexual birds. They are hoping to use the colonists as hostages to force the Terragens Council which runs Earth to hand over information from "Streaker.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent enjoyable science fiction 19 Mar 2002
By A Customer
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The other reviewers comments about the quality of the text surprise me, especially since Brin explains that the reason the Thennian ambassador is on such a backward world is because he is not representative of all Thennians.
Its also worth pointing out that I found it exciting that the characters from the second book did not appear (they do appear in later books). The story in this book happens at around the same time as the story in the second novel and I think this style of writing is one reason the Uplift novels are so enjoyable, too many science fiction series start off with small enjoyable stories in the first few books then fly off the handle with later books suffering from covering too large a period of time. Brin instead concentrates on one situation on one planet and thus manages to keep you completely interested.
I do think this is the worst of the series, too much reliance on luck for my liking. However its still an extremely enjoyable read...and like one other reviewer said start with Sundiver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good. 27 May 2014
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Well-written, internally coherent, well paced. (Which are increasingly rare in Sci Fi).
Brin does a great job of writing about the challenging notion of multiple separate races working together for mutual benefit.
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