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Sundiver by David Brin
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Jun 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: space-opera, schizophrenic-detective

I got rid of all my David Brin novels because he was, I felt at the time, racist against aliens.
Bear with me here.
Aliens are always the villains in the Uplift novels. And the thing is, they're Big Bads, they're Snidely Whiplashes: evil maniacs out to destroy humanity. If it weren't for the cartoonishness of their villainy, I think the Uplift books would be classics. Merely having a couple of "good ones" doesn't suffice. Besides, this does a disservice to the human characters, who by default are generally uncomplicatedly heroic.
Sundiver however is the lesser offender in this regard, and is a pretty solid modern space-opera affair. The idea of Uplift, in which species come to be intelligent only through breeding and genetic engineering (humanity being an anomalous exception, and therefore a threat to the galactic elites), is an intriguing one not yet run aground as it is in later books.
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