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David Brin

Autor/a de The Postman

141+ obres 37,071 Membres 550 Ressenyes 157 preferits

Sobre l'autor

David Brin is a scientist, writer, and public speaker. He was born in Pasadena, California, on October 9, 1950. Brin attended the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and later earned a doctorate at the University of California. He accepted a position as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft mostra'n més Company. Brin is a former fellow at the California Space Institute and serves on several government and nongovernment advisory committees dealing with issues involved with technological growth. Brin has lectured all over the world on such topics as space flight, ecology, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Brin deals with global warming, the destruction of the ozone layer, and pollution of Earth. His 1987 novel, The Uplift War, received the Hugo Award and the Locus Award. His novels have been translated into 20 languages. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Cheryl Brin

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Obres de David Brin

The Postman (1985) 4,146 exemplars
Startide Rising (1982) 4,109 exemplars
Sundiver (1980) 3,913 exemplars
The Uplift War (1987) 3,223 exemplars
Brightness Reef (1995) 2,484 exemplars
Earth (1990) 2,386 exemplars
Infinity's Shore (1996) 2,036 exemplars
Heaven's Reach (1998) 1,908 exemplars
Kiln People (2002) 1,877 exemplars
Glory Season (1993) 1,541 exemplars
The Practice Effect (1984) 1,498 exemplars
Foundation's Triumph (1999) — Autor — 1,318 exemplars
Heart of the Comet (1986) 1,188 exemplars
Existence (2012) 921 exemplars
Otherness (1994) 877 exemplars
The River of Time (1986) 828 exemplars
The Life Eaters (2003) 142 exemplars
Tomorrow Happens (2003) 80 exemplars
Forgiveness (2001) 68 exemplars
Insistence of Vision (2016) 52 exemplars
The Crystal Spheres {story} (1984) — Autor — 50 exemplars
Reality Check {story} (2000) 50 exemplars
Sky Horizon (2007) 40 exemplars
Brightness Reef, Part 1 (1995) 39 exemplars
Brightness Reef, Part 2 (1995) 37 exemplars
Infinity's Shore, Part 2 (1996) 35 exemplars
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Editor; Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
The Uplift War, Part 2 (1999) 33 exemplars
The Uplift War, Part 1 (1999) 31 exemplars
Dr. Pak's Preschool (1990) 31 exemplars
Thor Meets Captain America (1986) 29 exemplars
Stones of Significance (1998) 27 exemplars
Infinity's Shore, Part 1 (1996) 27 exemplars
The Best of David Brin (2021) 25 exemplars
Piecework (1988) 25 exemplars
The Loom of Thessaly (1981) 24 exemplars
Earth I (1990) 20 exemplars
Temptation (1999) 20 exemplars
Earth II (1990) 19 exemplars
Tank Farm Dynamo (1983) 19 exemplars
Heaven's Reach, Part I (1999) 15 exemplars
Heaven's Reach, Part II (1999) 13 exemplars
The Ancient Ones (2020) 10 exemplars
What Continues What Fails (1991) 9 exemplars
Lungfish (1986) 9 exemplars
Gorilla My Dreams (2009) 9 exemplars
Those Eyes (1994) 8 exemplars
Just A Hint (1980) 8 exemplars
Natulife (1994) 7 exemplars
Bonding to Genji [novelette] (1992) 6 exemplars
The Warm Space (1985) 6 exemplars
Bubbles (1987) 6 exemplars
Toujours Voir {short story} (1986) 6 exemplars
Sshhh . . . {short story} (1988) 5 exemplars
Ambiguity (1990) 5 exemplars
Paris Conquers All (1996) 4 exemplars
Privacy (1989) 4 exemplars
Myth Number 21 [short story] (1990) 4 exemplars
Kil'n Time (2005) 3 exemplars
An Ever-Reddening Glow (1996) 3 exemplars
Castaways of New Mojave (2021) 3 exemplars
The Diplomacy Guild (1990) 3 exemplars
The Smartest Mob 2 exemplars
Glory Season, Part I (1994) 2 exemplars
The Ancient Ones 2 1 exemplars
Gli sterminatori: Olocausto (Vol. 1) (2015) — Il·lustrador — 1 exemplars
Rainbows End 1 exemplars
The Ancient Ones 4 1 exemplars
The Ancient Ones 3 1 exemplars
The Ancient Ones 1 1 exemplars
DO WE REALLY WANT IMMORTALIT M (2016) 1 exemplars
How Will the World End? (2016) 1 exemplars
Out of Time Yanked! 1 exemplars
Singularity and Nightmares (2016) 1 exemplars
3 CHEERS FOR THE SURVEILLANC M (2016) 1 exemplars
Shoresteading 2 1 exemplars
Shoresteading 1 1 exemplars
The Ancient Ones 5 1 exemplars
Existence Excerpt 1 exemplars
Cyclops (novella) 1 exemplars
The Tell (short) 1 exemplars
News From 2025 1 exemplars
Mars Opposition 1 exemplars
Shoresteading (2008) 1 exemplars
The Startide Effect 1 exemplars

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Alas, Babylon (1959) — Pròleg, algunes edicions4,907 exemplars
Stand on Zanzibar (1968) — Introducció, algunes edicions3,189 exemplars
N-Space (1990) — Col·laborador — 1,140 exemplars
Far Horizons (1999) — Col·laborador — 770 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992) — Col·laborador — 446 exemplars
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Col·laborador — 392 exemplars
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Col·laborador — 342 exemplars
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Col·laborador — 282 exemplars
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Col·laborador — 276 exemplars
Year's Best SF 4 (1999) — Col·laborador — 260 exemplars
The 1989 Annual World's Best SF (1989) — Col·laborador — 235 exemplars
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (1997) — Col·laborador — 230 exemplars
Murasaki (1992) — Col·laborador — 225 exemplars
The New Hugo Winners: Award Winning Science Fiction Stories (1989) — Col·laborador — 209 exemplars
Diplomacy Guild (1990) — Col·laborador — 200 exemplars
Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft (2015) — Col·laborador — 190 exemplars
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2013) — Col·laborador — 181 exemplars
Old Venus (2015) — Col·laborador — 168 exemplars
Live Without a Net (2003) — Col·laborador — 143 exemplars
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern (2013) — Col·laborador — 130 exemplars
The Postman [1997 film] (1997) — Original book — 128 exemplars
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Col·laborador — 120 exemplars
Full Spectrum 2 (1990) — Col·laborador — 117 exemplars
The Universe (1987) — Col·laborador — 115 exemplars
Full Spectrum 4 (1993) — Col·laborador — 106 exemplars
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 1 (2016) — Col·laborador — 100 exemplars
Project Solar Sail (1990) — Col·laborador — 99 exemplars
Alien Pregnant by Elvis (1994) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Skylife: Space Habitats in Story and Science (2000) — Col·laborador — 82 exemplars
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe (2013) — Col·laborador — 78 exemplars
Ring of Fire IV (2016) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions77 exemplars
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (2015) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
The Microverse (1989) — Col·laborador — 66 exemplars
All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories (2004) — Col·laborador — 57 exemplars
Interzone: The 3rd Anthology (1988) — Col·laborador — 50 exemplars
Before They Were Giants: First Works from Science Fiction Greats (2010) — Col·laborador — 47 exemplars
The Williamson Effect (1996) — Introducció — 38 exemplars
Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon (2013) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 3 (1990) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars
Space Cadets (2006) — Col·laborador — 30 exemplars
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Col·laborador — 30 exemplars
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 2 (2016) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Interzone: The 5th Anthology (1991) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Novel Ideas: Science Fiction (2006) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. CI, No. 5 (April 1981) (1981) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Worst Contact (2015) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Isaac Asimov's tomorrow's voices (1984) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance (2017) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Pwning Tomorrow (2015) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Vital: The Future of Healthcare (2021) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Orbiter (2002) — Introducció — 9 exemplars
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 16 • September 2011 (2011) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
I mondi del possibile (1993) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Ikarus 2001. Best of Science Fiction. (2001) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 5, November 2013 (2013) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
The Chronicles of Davids (2019) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Wassermans Roboter (1988) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Free Stories 2016 (2016) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions6 exemplars
Abortion Stories: Fiction on Fire (1992) — Pròleg; Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Analog 5 (1982) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions5 exemplars
Overview: Stories in the Stratosphere (2017) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 96 • May 2018 (2018) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Interzone 033 (1990) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Interzone 023 (1988) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Science Fiction Age: Vol. 3, No. 1 (November 1994) (1994) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Papa Godzilla (1989) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars

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***Group Read: The Postman a 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (abril 2011)

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Beware of spoilers!

This book is, with more than 800 pages (at least that's what my e-reader says) a pretty hefty brick. But it's also a book about ideas, and Brin is very thorough in his exploration of these ideas, even if it happens at the expense of cohesive plot and character arcs.

What's it about? He gives his very own answer to the Fermi paradox, the question why no alien lifeform has made contact in any form when it's reasonable to assume that Earth is not particularly special and there's life basically everywhere.

However, the main topic is not so much his answer to this specific question - that countless alien civilisations swarm the galaxy like viruses with the sole purpose to replicate themselves and to push their victims into inevitable self-destruction - but the reaction of humanity to these discoveries.

"Humanity" is by no means a unified entity, though; 10 billions live on a planet ravaged by ecological disasters and exploitation, in a global society which is highly technologised and dependent on AI on one side and highly fragmented and hierarchical on the other. There are several degrees of technology sceptics, there are the technology believers and supporters who want advancement at all costs, there are the super-rich oligarchs with their own agenda, there are autistics who fight for their recognition not as an abnormality, but as a different development strand. There are AIs and enhanced animals, formerly extinct lifeforms and ancient alien spaceships - and all of these have a voice and an opinion, fears and hopes.

It's a cacophony, and it reads like one - as complex as chaotic. Some of these voices get a lot of page-time, and those are the ones that remain. I loved Tor Povlov, journalist gone hero gone cyborg-explorer-in-space. Gerald Livingston, the pragmatic trash collector in orbit who sets the whole thing in motion, and Hamish Brookeman, the former bestseller author too busy with propaganda to listen to the voices in his head. But there are also too many characters who get no development, who are discarded after they served their function to illustrate a certain idea or side-topic. Did we really need the POV of a psychic octopus? A lot of redundancies and wasted potential here.

And then there's the inserts, little interludes that interrupt the main narrative. An essay about all the ways how humanity - and any developed civilisation - could have (and perhaps should have) destroyed itself. The poetic but barely intelligible thoughts of an autistic person. The challenges to aliens that may or may not hide somewhere in the solar system and refuse to make contact.

And still, in the end this whole cacophony makes sense. Because, what remains? It's the fact that our diversity is our greatest strength. Our diversity, our flexibility, our ability to emphasise, to accept and - most important of all - to adapt. It's what saves us, in the end, and it's an overall optimistic, hopeful view on mankind and its future that Brin presents here.
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DeusXMachina | Hi ha 48 ressenyes més | Feb 16, 2024 |
usually, i like brin stories, but this one didn't do a thing for me.
½
 
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travelgirl-fics | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Feb 3, 2024 |
Very good. SF. Post apocalyptic tale
 
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derailer | Hi ha 89 ressenyes més | Jan 25, 2024 |

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Obres
141
També de
78
Membres
37,071
Popularitat
#492
Valoració
3.8
Ressenyes
550
ISBN
449
Llengües
19
Preferit
157

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