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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494890
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 5.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,153 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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His best stories surge forward with tremendous energy, each one avid to find some extrapolated consequence of its premise which will startle and challenge the reader (INTERZONE)

The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre (THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION)

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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The first three books in David Brin's award-winning classic science fiction series, the Uplift novels, in omnibus format for the first time

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 19 Jan 2013
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This is my first book review. I'm 68 and have been reading for entertainment since I was 8 years old (continuously). SciFi is my favourite genre because the only limitation is the authors imagination. David brin has no limits on his imagination. This book is, without doubt, one of the better reads I have enjoyed. The characterisation is great. The story line is great. The scope is great. I really enjoyed this book and have just bought the second trilogy. Definitely recommended for SciFi fans.
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First time round, in the early 1980s, seems like everyone i knew was suddenly engrossed in "Sundiver", the first of the trilogy included here. It seemed to fit with all the good things about sci fi -- strong ideas, interesting characters, well written. But re-reading it now, it's lost a lot of its appeal. The writing style is often exhuberant, but rarelty touches on true literature, its just a very straight foreward narrative. Easy to read but lacks depth. The main idea, that of uplift, can be thought of as the exact opposite of Roddenberry's Prime Directive -- all sorts of interference is going on with undeveloped races throughout the galaxy. It's become a kind of game for the higher races. Brin even developes this theme into a war, which might seem incredible and absurd, but he manages it. You wouldn't think intelligent enlightened alien races would fight and squabble over such trivialities, but they do.

Many writers of the 1980s did not fore-see the digital revolution, and Brin is among them. Old fashioned photography and record keeping throughout. Whilst envisaging the main themes of his future, he completely ignores the small details, and this can make it read rather oddly in this day and age. (Compare with early works by Niven, Varley, and Benford, all fall into the same trap.)

Also he mixes miles and kilometres in the same paragraphs -- metric and imperial. This is one of the cardinal sins of science fiction writing. (Not my rules, but I agree with them). Today, a novel like Sundiver would be heavily edited and revised before being accepted for publication.

All in all a good, absorbing read, but falls far from the standards of core writing expected in the modern science fiction arena.
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Brin's universe is truly interesting - a great concept, that of course puts the upstart race of man in a precarious position, but still admired for our tenacity and uniqueness.

He plays his stories with a light touch. Most novels with this level of grandeur in their setup weave epic, universe spanning tales. They usually take in some level of fundamental, ground shaking revelation with a reach that touches everything and every race caught up in the events - leaving you reeling in the scope of the story.

Instead, Brin downplays the rich backdrop in favour of a vignette set inside that alternative universe - a little like an episode of a TV show, rather than the spectacle of a movie. Each of the three novels in here focuses on one small event, told at a gentle pace. It's partly genius and partly disappointing - perhaps I've been primed by Baxter, Reynolds and Banks to expect rollercoaster-paced all encompassing plotting and now I _need_ that scale of narrative and universe wide upheaval. Perhaps that's why I was left a little flat by Uplift.

The sense of scale and the vastness of the event's effects are left implicit, hinted at, but never spoken aloud. The ramifications of novel's events happen in the space in between the books, they are played out as the reasons behind each of these three novels, but never experienced. This has a power all of its own, I imagine that the idea is to leave you with the feeling that everything is embedded in something bigger, something you don't fully understand, and through your own imagination filling in the blanks, it becomes even larger, even richer.

Sadly for me, that wasn't the feeling I got reading Uplift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ez on 12 May 2013
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This is my first David Brin book and it won't be my last. On the strength of this book I immediately went a purchased the Uplift Trilogy by the same author.

Absorbing to read with great characters and a brilliant plot, I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John T. Shillito on 17 April 2013
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Great concept, excellent worldbuilding and good characters. Wide ranging yet the different threads are neatly meshed.Kept me engrossed and wanting more. Roll on Exiles ....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By johnp on 30 Jan 2013
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This is a more intelligent space opera than most.
It is exciting, has an excellent background realisation, imaginative aliens and good plots.
If you like this sort of thing, this is a good one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K PENNINGTON on 22 Jan 2013
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A good read and basic SF adventure in the best Space Opera tradition. These books are difficult to put down and he does keep you turning the pages. Not the most inventive of stories, with many elements that could be set in the world of Star Trek, Babylon 5 or Battelstar Gallactica - but that set they are all good fun and so is this.
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By jaywalker on 13 April 2014
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This Omnibus was the first I've read by David Brin and I enjoyed every word. I don't want to reveal too much but only recommend it all of you hard and soft core scifi enthusiasts! PS And the price was right as well the delivery was quick as usual.
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