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David Brin

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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

Almost exactly a century ago,a lone gunman set in motion events that transformed the world -- ending the lives of millions and shattering empires. With that anniversary in mind, I pondered the clear fact that the last three centuries all seem to have started on their FOURTEENTH YEAR. The brutal arc and themes of the 20th Century - a concave pit that hit its nadir in 1943 - all of it began with... Read more of this blog post »
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Startide Rising (The Uplift...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 18,077 ratings — published 1983 — 36 editions
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The Postman
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 17,850 ratings — published 1985 — 41 editions
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 14,487 ratings — published 1987 — 22 editions
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Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1)
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 11,602 ratings — published 1980 — 28 editions
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,041 ratings — published 1995 — 17 editions
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 4,945 ratings — published 1996 — 15 editions
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Foundation's Triumph by David Brin
" 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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location: MUR 101, Arizona State University campus, E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ, The United States
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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.”
David Brin

“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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