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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

As Congress went into recess without addressing even a single serious matter before it -- like fighting the Zika Virus or funding the FAA or finding a way to prevent bankruptcy of the largest U.S. territory (see below) -- we are reminded that for 20 of the last 22 years it has been the laziest, do-nothing and lobotomized national legislature in American history.

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Startide Rising (The Uplift...

4.03 avg rating — 22,963 ratings — published 1983 — 42 editions
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The Postman

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The Uplift War (The Uplift ...

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Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1)

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Foundation's Triumph (Secon...

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Brightness Reef (Uplift Sto...

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Infinity's Shore (Uplift St...

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Kiln People

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Sundiver Startide Rising The Uplift War Tomorrow Happens Brightness Reef Infinity's Shore Heaven's Reach
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description: The future of the universe, the solar system, and the earth: A full day of seminars with talks by Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, Lawrence Krauss, Esther Dyson, Carol Tavris, David Brin, Michael Shermer.
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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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AUGUST SCIENCE FICTION: This poll decides which two novels move on the run-off poll for our August 2012 SF Book of the Month.

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Rotuma Thank you for accepting my friend request ... I am honoured.

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message 3: by Curtiss (last edited Aug 02, 2012 12:30PM)

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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