Sundiver Paperback – 18 Jan 1996
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The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre. (John Clute, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION)
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)
About the Author
David Brin is the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of 12 books, possesses a doctorate in astrophysics and has served as a consultant for NASA. He lives in California.
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If the premise of the book is at all interesting, I recommend trying the book.
This is my favourite book in recent memory because of the individual quality and interplay of many factors.
First, David Brin creates a very interesting story with entertaining and plausible twists.
Second, the universe David Brin creates is a complex, dense, and consistent society that is intriguing even for well read SF readers, yet this context does not supercede or overwhelm the story.
Third, Brin manages to to develop likeable (and detestable), full and rounded characters unlike almost all SF writers.
Fourth, the book effectively can be read as commentary on scientific development and cultural evolution, which is interesting in its content and expertly expressed in the detailed exposition. (I must admit I generally care nothing for this stuff, bur Brin does it so well, I became intered in it for this series. Also, this side of things only interested me after I had fully enjoyed what a great story it is with great characters in such a weird universe)
Fifth, the interplay of the above as well as Brin's creative approach give the book an overall richness and depth that is reminiscent of the best works of Tolstoy, Doestoyevsky, and Solzhenitsyn.
So far, I have only read the first three books in the series, since the books are so good that I want to space them out for as long as possible though I'm always very eager to read the next book.
I hope you enjoy these books as well. They are a very fun read.
The Solar system, 2246. Humanity has narrowly avoided being given to another Patron race to 'complete' their 'long-abandoned' uplifting. At the time they were discovered, humanity had already uplifted chimpanzees and dolphins to sentience, and were able to claim Patron status for themselves, to the fury of many, far older races. When a scientific mission is launched from Mercury to investigate lifeforms discovered living in the Sun's upper layers, several other alien races are furious with humanity's temerity: the Galactic Library states that life cannot exist in the atmosphere of stars, so their claims are clearly lies intended to bolster their own status. Jacob Demwa, an expert in uplift, is called in to help clarify the situation, but he finds several human and alien factions battling to control the information about the discovery for their own ends, and some of them may be willing to kill to achieve their ends.Read more ›
The central concept in Sundiver is an interesting and clever one: all intelligent races in the galaxy have been uplifted to sentience by a parent race, although humanity is the exception to this as it appears they haven't. What they have done though is uplift two of Earth's other animals to sentience, the Dolphin and Chimpanzee, and in doing so have become a parent race themselves. With this done before they were discovered by the other races of the galaxy, humanity have been given a status that some within the galactic society believe they are not worthy of.
This is the backdrop to Sundiver and introduces the universe well, but it also shows that not everyone lives in total harmony. The universe throws up some interesting things - the galactic library that has details of all technologies and discoveries that all races share; the arrangement given to races regarding the planets they live on; the whole arrangement between parent and client races after they have been uplifted. I could go on a long time, but suffice to say that this is a setting that very much appealed to me and gave a great seansawunda.
I've detoured a little here and gone into more detail about the setting than I have about the story.Read more ›
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Having read and enjoyed other Brin books I was looking forward to this and the rest of the trilogy but I just couldn't make it to the end of the first book, the concept of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by gavv8
An original story which suffered a bit in the telling. The plot wandered for quite a while and it was hard to work out what was going on and felt a bit contrived but still good... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. Mark A. Laborda
Not a bad story but showing its age - very stagey and a bit trite. One thing he doesn't seem to be that good at is imagining future technology. Read morePublished on 22 July 2013 by A. Mackintosh
Sundiver was the first book in the original "Uplift" hard science fiction trilogy, which was followed by a second trilogy a few years later. Read morePublished on 4 July 2009 by Marshall Lord
David Brin's "Sundiver" stands out through taking an established idea -that of older, sentient, often alien races fostering the development of emerging sentient races- and... Read morePublished on 12 April 2006 by Semioticghost
The ideas in this book are interesting, but the writing is so very poor that you may find it impossible to appreciate their development. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2004
I have read the first three books of the UPLIFT Series so far. This book made me to read the other two. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org