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David Brin is a scientist, 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.

Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact. His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web. A movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. Startide Rising won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. The Uplift War also won the Hugo Award.

His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- deals...more

If you push long and hard enough for something that is logical and needed, a time may come when it finally happens! At which point – pretty often – you may have no idea whether your efforts made a difference. Perhaps other, influential people saw the same facts and drew similar, logical conclusions! Here is my own latest example:
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Startide Rising (The Uplift...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 18,434 ratings — published 1983 — 37 editions
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The Postman
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 18,181 ratings — published 1985 — 41 editions
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 14,828 ratings — published 1987 — 22 editions
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Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1)
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 11,970 ratings — published 1980 — 30 editions
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Foundation's Triumph (Secon...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 6,472 ratings — published 1999 — 18 editions
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,243 ratings — published 1995 — 17 editions
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Infinity's Shore (Uplift St...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 5,080 ratings — published 1996 — 15 editions
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 3,966 ratings — published 1998 — 17 editions
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" This is the third installment of a post-Asimov Foundation trilogy. Consider the honor bestowed on Dr. Brin - being entrusted with this revered sci-fi classic. And he delivers the goods. He expands upon the Foundation universe in seamless fashion -... " Read more of this review »
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"Andy wrote: "Wasn't Myth Number 21 includes as an interstitial chapter in "Earth"?"

You're correct: Myth Number 21 was in Earth. Good memory!
"The lunar hypothesis is brought up a lot. Did it modify the atmosphere? Tidally promote life's origin? Life to land? Keep tectonics going? Slow Earth'...more "
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“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.”
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“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”
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“Creative people see Prometheus in a mirror, never Pandora.”
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Eric Birk Thank you for becoming my Goodreads friend.

message 3: by Curtiss (last edited Aug 01, 2012 08:30PM)

Curtiss I enjoyed your quote from "Glory Season" about the 'practical things' you'd to ask the local wizard/sorceror to come up with.

It reminded me of the advanced technological contributions to 13th century Poland provided by an inadvertent time traveller in "The Cross-Time Engineer" by Leo A. Frankowski (also "A Connecticutt Yankee at King Arthur's Court" for that matter).

Curtiss Have you tried ny Jack McDevitt - his stories are a bit like a cross between Clive Cussler and Jack Vance, with the emphasis on Vance.

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