Startide Rising (Uplift Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1984
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"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre."
"--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"
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David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written. "Sundiver, Startide Rising, and "The Uplift War--a "New York Times bestseller--together make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time. Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race. But the greatest mystery of all remains unsolved: who uplifted humankind?
The Terran exploration vessel "Streaker has crashed in the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history. Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles armed rebellion and a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors, the fabled First Race who seeded wisdom throughout the stars.
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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 ›
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.
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 ›
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 24 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