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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 great ...more
Paperback, 638 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Spectra (first published 1987)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Let’s get one thing straight. The Uplift War is not military science fiction. There is a war, yes, and there are some appropriately war-like moments, but the emphasis is, once again, on the ‘Uplift’ and not on the ‘War’. Arguably, one the greatest strengths of The Uplift War and its predecessors, is the alien element. Brin certainly went the whole hog when he was designing and imagining his Galactics. This is where these books shine. Each alien race has its own culture and corresponding cultural ...more

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
Maybe 4.25 stars? Not exactly as good as Startide Rising, but close. There was a lot to love about this book but also a little to be annoyed about.

Plot was fun, although sloooow at times. Fiben's adventures were the best part, for me. Fiben was an absolutely fantastic character (I think Brin has said that he's his favourite character from all his books). The chims overall were great, although I think I still prefer the fins from Startide Rising. The exploration of neo-chimpanzee culture was fasc
4.0 stars. The continuation of the Uplift Saga began in the superb Startide Rising. Amazing world-building (rather universe building), a superb plot and peopled by fascinating characters and races. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1988)
Winner: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1988)
Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1988)
Nominee: Prometheus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1988)
Nicholas Whyte

One of Brin's novels of the future universe where humanity has become part of a galactic culture of species Uplifting each other from pre-sapience to civilisation, homo sapiens being unique in that we achieved that status without external intervention.

The book is fun in a lot of ways - smart humans and chimps, and their allies, manage to overcome the prejudices and wishful thinking of the more nasty aliens. The most sympathetic male characters get to hav
Ben Babcock
David Brin's Uplift Trilogy has not been the easiest series for me to read. I enjoyed Sundiver as a mystery set within a much larger universe. Brin left me hungry for more, but Startide Rising left me bitter and disappointed. What had started with so much potential seemed encumbered by flawed storylines and a myriad of unwanted characters. Hence, I was doubtful of The Uplift War's ability to mollify me.

While certainly superior to Startide Rising, The Uplift War lacks the central protagonist
Aug 31, 2009 Tatiana rated it it was ok
Shelves: sciencefiction
These Uplift novels are getting better. This time I cared a lot more about the characters, and the writing seemed much smoother and less annoying. The author managed to go more than two or three pages sometimes between changes of viewpoint character, and the action was more streamlined and less choppy.

I loved the character of the ambassador's daughter Athaclena, and how she ended up leading the resistance forces. I liked her species, I liked their intuitive psi sense, the artistic glyphs they br
Megan Baxter
May 19, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it
Galactic civilization is balanced on a knife's edge. Power is gained by becoming patrons, gaining client races, uplifting them to sentience and starfaring, and having them as more or less indentured servants over hundreds of thousands of years. But then humans came on the scenes, "wolflings," who apparently bootstrapped themselves up into sentience, a feat thought to be impossible.

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Mar 05, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed all six of David Brin’s uplift novels but, in some ways, I wish I had read The Uplift War first instead of last. Sundiver, the first novel, was bit of a snooze for me and seemed disconnected from the rest of the series in time and space. I can disregard that one. The Uplift War is the second novel, and this is where the political landscape of the Five Galaxies is laid out. All of sentient life follows the protocol of Uplift established by the Progenitors, the semi-mythological origi ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The third book in the Uplift trilogy but as with the other books you can just read each book as a stand-alone. Where the second book focuses on human/neo-dolphin interaction, this one is about humans and neo-chimpanzees, neo-chimpanzees being the other earth species humans 'uplifted'.

I like Brin's style, it's easy reading and I enjoyed it quite a bit more than a lot of the serious sci-fi that is out there. I'm wondering if I should focus more on sci-fi written 20+ years ago.

The Uplift trilogy
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John Watson
Actually, I'd rate this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.

Given that it won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Sci-Fi novel, it was something of a disappointment. Must have been a weak year for Sci-Fi.

One of my problems with it, like some of the other reviews I've read, is that it was hard to see the main evil aliens as much more than jokes. I kept thinking of them as just big storks, or Big Birds, or like the chickens in the Foster Farms commercials.

And the hero's were chimpanzees: I kept tryin
Peter Hill
Feb 23, 2015 Peter Hill rated it liked it
Definitely the weakest title of the original Uplift trilogy, which is a great shame as it's also the longest of the three and can be a bit of a chore to get through at times.

It reads easily enough and like its predecessors it explores some truly original ideas as far as Galactic society goes, but the vast majority of the characters simply didn't feel very compelling. A few times I found myself feeling bored with the antics of the human and chimp resistance.

All of the most interesting characters
Apr 18, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
The third book in the series takes place around the same time as the previous one. The Gubru decide that the best way to make the dolphins of 'The Streaker' give up their secrets, is to take one of the Earth colonies hostage. They attack the planet, Garth, making sure that the humans are interred on islands and leaving only the chimpanzee clients free to carry on the work of the planet. Only they have misunderstood the bond between the two species. Soon, a guerilla force of chims, one lone huma ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I have to admit. I'm a little relieved to be done with this series. Wherever I would walk while reading either this book or its predecessor, Startide Rising, people would inevitably look at the cover, glance away quickly, then slowly look back, eyes questioning. "Is that...?" "Yes," I would answer, "those are chimpanzees. Yes, they're in space. No, I am not reading this on a dare." At the end of the day, regardless of how many awards this series has won (oodles), or how detailed and complex the ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the final volume in the first Uplift War trilogy and it is the best of the three in my opinion. This book on the surface deals with one of the older galactic races - the Gubru - and their attempt to find the elusive pre-sentient Garthlings so they can sponsor them and one up Earth who they feel has not earned its patron status.

But it is so much more than that because Brin has woven the best and worst parts of humanity and by association aliens into the story. There are wheels within whee
May 23, 2009 Christy rated it liked it
Although the ideas about environmentalism and uplifted species are powerful and the universe that Brin creates is interesting, this book, like the previous two in the series, fails to deliver on its promise. Brin repeatedly raises huge questions about the universe, evolution, sentience, and ethics, and he repeatedly defers them in favor of a more limited plot structure (in the first book, he tells a mystery story; in the second book, he tells an adventure story; and in this book, he tells a stor ...more
May 27, 2008 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I had very high expectations for this book and was dissapointed that for the most part, they were not met. I loved Startide Rising. The pacing was fast, the action was plenty and the scope was incredible. The idea that a lone ship crewed mostly by dolphins had accidently happened upon a derelict fleet consinsting of thousands of moon-sized vessels was fascinating. That was the main reason I read on through Startide and then to Uplift War, to find out what exactly it was that they found.

Bart Everson
Oct 15, 2010 Bart Everson rated it it was ok
Shelves: octavia-sf
I would never recommend The Uplift War to my friends who are skeptical about science fiction. It has too many conventions peculiar to the genre. There are aliens of many races, psychic powers, galactic empires, robots, ray guns and spaceships that travel faster than light. It's all a bit much in a single book if you've never read science fiction before.

Furthermore, this is not an easy read. The pages are peppered with made-up alien words like lurrunanu and tu'fluk. There's also a sprinkling of o
Michael Burnam-fink
Mar 27, 2016 Michael Burnam-fink rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, hugo-award, 2016
The Uplift War parallels Startide Rising with a slightly bigger story, this time starring uplifted chimps instead of dolphins, and focuses on a smaller group of aliens with the bird-like Gubru as the enemy, and a few friendly Tymbrimi diplomats. The plot is fairly similar to the previous book. In the wake of discovery of an ancient fleet, aliens hold human hostage in hopes of concessions, and humans fight back using cunning guerrilla tactics. Young people come into their own against a backdrop o ...more
Jamie Rich
Mar 24, 2015 Jamie Rich rated it liked it
By far the best of the trilogy! In this (not really) final novel, David Brin pulls no punches and takes us for an epic journey. Alas, no dolphins this time, but the tales has a wonderful mixture of characters. Some are Human, some are not. Chimpanzees (Chims)figure prominently, as do Gorillas, and also (finally) some aliens that really are! David Brin explores what it means to be your best, no matter what the species, when things are at the worst.
He also (for the first time in this series) brin
Apr 12, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it
Great pulpy fun with appealing protagonists and tremendously inventive world. (It's a bit odd that some fault the book because Robert isn't particularly colorful when he's obviously not the protagonist. That would be Fiben, followed by Athaclena or even Gailet.) The plot is a bit slow to unfold, but Brin has created an enjoyable universe by this point, and there are plenty of interesting details to fill out the book along the way. Startide Rising remains the high point, but this book rounds out ...more
Leo Knight
Nov 07, 2014 Leo Knight rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
David Brin has created an interesting universe for his "Uplift" novels. Billions of years ago, a spacefaring race known as the Progenitors helped lift other, more primitive species to sentience, space travel, and partcipation in galactic civilization. These races, in turn, sponsored other promising species on their upward paths, and so the cycle continued, proteges indentured to their patrons for ten thousand years, becoming sponsors in turn. But then an upstart,"wolfling" race appeared, which a ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people going through the Uplift Universe.
Shelves: sci-fi
Whenever someone can keep my attention throughout 635 pages of potentially cheesy sci-fi, they get at least 4 stars. Brin is excellent at maintaining plausibility in his plots. The good guys aren't irresistible or infallible. The bad guys aren't incompetent foils. Anyway, good book. Lots of words.
May 11, 2014 Elar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Third book (twice as long as first) finishes trilogy with truly cunning adventure.

Small human colony is attacked by over-civilized birds to take control of the world and also discredit humans. Same time small faction of humans and chimps dwell in project to uplift gorillas, which is forbidden by uplifting ministry in 5 galaxies. Can back-world planet survive and resist aggressors as most of humans are taken as hostage and chimps need be leaders?
Feb 08, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's happened to me again. I power through a series of booked marked as "trilogy" and find that if I really want tie up all the loose ends I'll have to read more books. In this case it means another 3 of David Brin's books, which will introduce more meaningless characters whose stories may or may not get wrapped up, and make me wade through more not-particularly-well-written text with too many exclamation marks and boring inner character monologues. (I know this because I found other peopl ...more
David Haws
Jul 22, 2014 David Haws rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
The Gubru aren’t much as a galactic scourge; I can’t get past their presentation as flummoxed pigeons. But the idea of hostage gas is intriguing, as a tweak on the killing/letting die dichotomy. It goes like this: (view spoiler) ...more
Lamar Latrell
Jan 29, 2014 Lamar Latrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I really liked this one. The first was a tepid entry; it introduced novel concepts but told rather than showed—it was an action/adventure novel. The second was almost bad: the first half could have been condensed to a few chapters, and the totality of the book could have been a couple of chapters in this one—especially since the time scale from the second to the the third book was ostensibly weeks, while centuries passed between the first and second books.

This novel, on the other hand, really ma
Mar 11, 2010 Joe rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap, science-fiction
This entire series is horrible. I read it years ago hoping it would get better. I like the alien designs but that is about it. Horrible plot in this one. If you doubt me, I just have to say three words: chimpanzee lap dance. I did NOT need to picture that, David Brin. Bleh.
Jonathan Bitgood
Sep 20, 2012 Jonathan Bitgood rated it really liked it
After the first time an uplifted chimp swore by the ancient and most sacred name of Jane Goodall... I was hooked. Fantastic book from start to finish. (Gotta have a lil' patience here and there though)
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