Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy #1)
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected b ...more
David Brin is telling a big story here. The planet and the various alien cultures upon it are meticulously detailed and his concept of Uplift, whereby races achieve sentience and admittance to a heavily stratified ...more
The Uplift books are a great mix of adventure, world-building, and scientific speculation, and the alien races portrayed in these books are especially great. "Brightness Reef" took me a little longer to get into compared ...more
I dont by the setup - I am not overwhelmed by any ideas in the story, the setting, the premise, etc...
They arent bad, they just dont do much for me. I find it hard to imagine people taking species responsibility over the course of thousands of years. It is hard to get most people who study a specific thing - to agree what happened 100 years ago. So to think we or any like species would carry any guilt for thousands of years seems unlikely.
For this part ...more
Brin is experimenting with perspective--from the alien Asx to the Stranger who has lost all language when introducted to Alvin, the young hoon who tells his story in a first person journal style.
Of course, since it's Brin, the intrigue is thick.
Gone are the weird time passage "burps" from earlier books. Everything seems to flow n ...more
The majority of the trilogy is s ...more
Caution! This book is intended as only part of trilogy as it leaves many questions unanswered, so be prepared and forewarned :)
1) There are various aliens who have come into illegal exile together for various reasons. Their motivations are slowly revealed.
2) Their plan is to devolve into pre-sentient lifeforms. By the way, e ...more
I feel the author tried to cram way too much world- and character-building into ...more
To sum up:
He introduces five new sentient species (and one already familiar) fairly early in the book as castaways/escap ...more
Jijo is a fallow world. The former leaseholders have retreated, and the creatures of the world have been left alone in the hope that one might reach pre-sapience and be ...more
So, I've gone back and started listening to one of my favorite series of books by David Brin called the Uplift Trilogy. It's really a long story set after the events of Startide Rising, which is the keystone book in his whole Uplift "universe."
The short explanation of the story is that human ...more
The Uplift series explores race and racism without obvious reference to the terrible history of the first half of the 20th century. This allows Brin to consider this deeply disturbing subject without the baggage of antisemitism, or other ...more
I understand that Brin is trying to mesh the experiences and histories of several different species into one coherent story but to me it seems that the large diversity of species is simultaneously the books biggest strength and its greatest weakness. I've read this book over a long period (month ...more
The book is split into what seemed like a thousand view points, but was probably only seven (a human male, his three children, a young non-human sentient, one omniscient, and "The Stranger"). Of them, I cared about two of the human's kids; either them or their story line.
So, in this collection of Five Galaxies, all full of worlds capable of supporting life, by order of the Institute ...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Tras un breve preludio de lo que parecen los últimos instantes de alguien en una zona pantanosa, conoceremos al joven estudiante Hph-wayuo (al que le gusta que le llamen Alvin) de la raza hoon, que disfruta leyendo historias clásicas terrícolas y que nos hablará de sus amigos, Huck la gKek, Pinzón el qheuen rojo y Ur-ronn la ur, una pandilla con representación de cuatro de las razas presentes en el pla ...more
I admit, this book did not start out on the right foot with me. All the perspective switching and back and forth through time - that was not what I wanted from this book! I wanted to get back to the god damned crew from Startide Rising! Brin is engaging in some epic level taunt/trolling here. I KID. KIND OF.
It made more sense when I read the afterword and it sounds like he intended this trilogy to be one book, but couldn't do it. So. These ~650 pages are basically just the set up. I'm OK with th ...more
The writing style was good, I guess. The setting and preface of the story was potentially interestin ...more
Not only is David Brin an absolute master of Hard Science Fiction, his work is a good antidote to the pile of young-adult-inspired-barely-feasible-dystopias that are currently flooding the market and trying to coattail on the success ...more
David Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written.Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent rac
If you get through all that (or maybe read the earlier books about this planet, which I didn't), Brin poses the very interesting ...more
Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact. His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends ...more