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Advertisement The other good news? Spoilers ahead And jumping from Earth to space, and back. Eventually a handful of plots do shake out from this broad overview. This vision of the near future reads as though popular nerd sites were brought to life, minus the zombies and cats, and then tossed in a blender. Everything is bigger in this world — there are sixty-two U. States, thirty-one amendments, 10 estates The first estate is the super-rich, the tenth is the ais and thirteen internets.

Brookeman is working for the head of the "Renunciation" movement that wants to curb scientific progress. The anti-technologists and the clade are on the verge of striking a deal that will end democracy and the enlightenment, in favor of an aristocracy that will tightly control scientific progress. Someone has just poisoned or cured a U. Senator, making him act like a lunatic on television. A group of autistic people or "Auties" are searching the mesh for something called the Basque Chimera.

Hacker goes missing, due to possible sabotage. Tor is injured in a terrorist attack and though she is transformed, she continues her journalistic work. Advertisement And all of this intrigue is shaken to the core when astronaut Gerald Livingstone, working on a space-junk cleaning crew, discovers a crystal alien artifact. The object turns out to be filled with the Autonomous Uploaded Personalities of nearly aliens.

But things are not that simple. Another crystal has been found and is calling the first group of aliens "Liars! Bin is a Chinese national who wants nothing more than to finish his shoresteading reclamation and achieve citizenship. The book is filled with disasters. The Mississippi River changed course. Florida has almost disappeared.

The Gulf Stream has quit flowing. The supervolcano under Yellowstone erupted, though only a little. The Water Wars, Big Kudzu, the Zheng He disaster, the Big Melt, the Caste Wars, the Soggy Decade, the internet three meltdown — all are just things that happened, that may have killed a ton of people or ruined things, but were not enough to end civilization or stop human progress.

China is building a new Great Wall — a sea wall. The Midwest depopulated, as did parts of the South. Looming beyond all of these horrors is Awfulday, some unspecified nuclear disaster. Brin is willing to admit, embrace even, the litany of disasters that can and might impact humanity — but a laundry list of disasters cannot win out against humanity. Full enough to burst. Not a page goes by without multiple ideas being batted around and explored. No matter what the ideas are.

He is one of the more compelling, clever and well-spoken characters. You understand that his anti-authoritarian bent comes down to the sheer cussedness of not wanting to do whatever he is told to do. The arguments he and Brin collect, that ruling elites best control technology, that the appearance of meritocracy is enough to make the medicine of oligarchy go down, that we should stop and think about the side effects if technology, are thorough and compelling.

The words "ai," "virt," "holo," and "inter" are constantly used as prefixes and suffixes, way more blithely than "i-" or "e-" ever have been in the real world.

Like when the dolphins start training a person to speak dolphin, by rewarding him with fish. Or when they ask the psychic octopus about the aliens.

The Auties communicate in a sort of dada-ist style poetry, as do the uplifted dolphins. Both of these things will feel familiar to the reader of Startide Rising or the Uplift War books. Other parts of the book will feel familiar to the devoted Brinian as well — parts of several of his short stories have been recycled into Existence.

Most notably the short story "Lungfish," which has been only slightly modified and appears toward the end of the book. Advertisement In the last third of the book, the plots narrow down again, to just a couple of storylines: Tor and an android scouring asteroids for alien artifacts left by long ago interstellar travelers, and Gerald and his compatriots traveling to Mars on a survey mission. Though the book probably would have become 1, page monster, had he continued to follow everyone.

The story shrinks again, this time literally, and you finally get a sense of what it is that Brin is doing. All of which is reflected in the structure of the book: hundreds of frantic pages sometimes covering merely days — and then decades are dispensed with in a single page, and are barely alluded to at all.

So many plots and characters — so many possible ways for the story to go — but eventually the important things win out. Advertisement Even after we learn the truth behind the crystals and their missions, there is more to understand. The history of the galaxy, which like all history is messy and complex, is floating about our own solar system. It also proposes that the best way to confront these answers is deeply human: to be creative, diverse, compromising, curious.

That to reach Heaven — or something like it — requires that we look beyond ourselves, beyond humanity all six species of it , and into the universe beyond. Share This Story.


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Beschreibung bei Amazon David Brin is one of the popular authors of America who has written a number of successful novels based on the science fiction and fantasy genres. He is also a renowned scientist. David has won a number of prestigious awards in his career because of his exciting novels, including the Locus, Nebula, Hugo, and Campbell Awards. He was born on October 6, as Glen David Brin, but uses the shortened form of his name for his writing career. It is believed that his Jewish ancestors had migrated from Poland, near the Konin area. In the year , David completed his graduation from the California Technological Institute with a B.


David Brin

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. David Brin is a physicist, futurist, and science fiction author. Here are powerful tales of heroism and humanity, playful excursions into realms of fancy, and profound meditations on time, memory, and our place in the universe. Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. He is one of a few writers that I have read who can delve into atmospheric theory, Greek legends, and some serious speculative stuff in one science fiction volume, and have brjn all come off as a cohesive volume of stories. In the mood for more micro-stories? Startide Rising won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel.

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