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Earth Mass Market Paperback – 5 Oct 1998

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (5 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055329024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553290240
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 4.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not just a green globe-trotting adventure; it is also a thoughtful mix of warning and promise (GUARDIAN)

One hell of a novel . . . has what sci-fi readers want these days; intelligence, action, and an epic scale (ISAAC ASIMOV'S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE)

He weaves the alien textures exquisitely (NEW SCIENTIST) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A brand new look for one of SF master David Brin's most acclaimed novels: a scientifically faithful tale of the fate of our world and the havoc mankind wreaks upon it --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 19 Jan. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really fascinated by this book, even if it was a tad long. I find the idea of writing near-future sci-fi to be one of the most challenging types of stories, especially when the political climate can change as dramatically as it has since Earth was written: I get bogged down in the what-ifs of it all. Anyway, I'm impressed with the "prediction" factor, as it seems Mr. Brin has balanced interest with plausability all with skill. I wonder if the the larger alien intervention idea wasn't influenced by a similar one in Sagan's Contact.
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Many a man has traced his fingers in the smooth sands of the future, foretelling stories of glory or grisly reality. Few (none I have read) have held up to time's test for accuracy and foresight like Mr Brin's work in Earth. Written over 7 years ago, I (yesterday) finished the experience and turned on the television, checked my email, and, like a whispering fortuneteller, the television news described the probable mental effects of today's solar flares, the flooding in the great plains, greenhouse gases, and Greenpeace activists misguided efforts to save the arctic wastelands and getting frozen in the act, so to speak.

I gave this book to my girlfriend, with encouragement to keep a dictionary close by and "just get through the first fifty pages". The purpose was to create considerable fodder for discussion for many eves to come. It seems to me this rigorous and scientific work has a wisdom and coherence that can be appreciated only by those willing to put down all preconceptions about human limits, and capable of ingesting the depths and implications of modern science. I am convinced two years of university schooling could be substituted for a thorough study of just this book.
Multifaceted, multilevel, and, best of all, multi- perspective. I admit some of the detail could have been left out to avoid losing the interest of the scientifically literate, and simplifying the daunting task of the reader whose mind has yet to consider the implications of who and what we are, and what the future holds for humanity.
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David Brin has managed to extrapolate in ways that no other SF author has done. He not only advances technology by half a century, but also the trends of society. His idea that senior citizens will basically control the world because they are the largest voting group sounded right on. Maybe the most impressive thing about Brin's writing is the way he takes multiple plot lines and plays them on each other, having them all come together at the end. My only problem is that the characters didn't seem as well rounded as the ones in his other novels.
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Found this pretty hard work to keep my interest going. Looking back and reading the afterword it clicked. David refers to a huge amount of influences and ideas from other sources. This novel tacks them all together and also has interjections and narrative that i eventually wound up skim reading as many had no place in the narrative and felt like 'fillers'. This also led to characters being bit part players with zero intellectual involvement with their story - i didn't care if they lived or died. I became more interested by how the book was put together than the story. Also it got exciting in only the last 50 pages which is always an issue. Ok but as a lifelong fan of the genre this was one of the few books that i considered stopping reading but finished and was glad it was all over by the end.
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By A Customer on 7 Jan. 1999
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I hadn't read anyhthing by Brin before, when I saw EARTH at the library, I judged it by its cover. It turned out to be a great story with well developed, thoughtful characters. The end was not too "out there" (just barely) but he made it sound plausible. I was very happy he didn't end it on some cliche ominous note. I liked his vision of our future. I'll enjoy being a little old man there. My only wish was that, in a book this long, he had included a list of characters to refer back to.
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The back of this book says that its about a black hole falling to the core of the earth and the chaos that insues. This is true, but only in part. What makes this story truly compelling is the way Brin includes the stories of everyday life: 3 teenagers striving to make their mark on the world; one woman determined to save it from humanity; and many more. Brin actually created an entire believeable society about the core of the story (no pun intended) and makes it truly interesting. When I was 400 pages in this book all I could think of was how happy I was there were still 300 more to read.
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Two very difficult tasks are managing a large cast of important characters and building a near-future society. David Brin does both brilliantly in Earth. The people are engaging and believable, even when their parts are tangental, and the society is phenomenal. He correctly anticipates many aspects of the WWW, and I'm eagerly watching as many more predictions move towards fulfillment. His ecological predictions are realistic, not catastrophic, and his solution, though a bit over the top, leavens the divine intervention with the practical steps we still need to take. Not only is this a first class work of science fiction, it's a insightful work of sociology, technology forecasting, and people watching.
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