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Fiction

Brin's body of science fiction, when taken as a whole, is normally categorized as Hard Science Fiction.

The Uplift stories

Although they make up a minority of David Brin's works, his Uplift stories, set in a common "universe" or projected future history, have won a large following in the SF community, twice winning the international Science Fiction Achievement Award (Hugo Award) in the Best Novel category.

This future history depicts a huge galactic civilization responsible for "uplifting" all forms of life which are potentially capable of building and operating interstellar spaceships for themselves. The stories focus almost exclusively on oxygen-breathing species but make it clear that there are other "orders of life", of which hydrogen-breathers are the most important. In the "Uplift" novels humans are economically and technologically the weakest spacefaring race, and are an anomaly since they have no "patron" species responsible for their uplift from animal pre-sapience. As a result several races are eager to force humans to become their clients; but galactic law saves humans from this fate because they are patrons themselves, having already made considerable progress in uplifting dolphins and chimpanzees before developing faster-than-light space travel and thus attracting the attention of galactic civilization. Some of the more aggressive races regard as heresy the humans' claim to have evolved naturally to their current level of intelligence, and therefore wish to exterminate them; while many of the others see humans' lack of patrons as an opportunity to bully them mercilessly. It does not help that humans have a relatively non-hierarchical society with rather informal habits of speech, while most of galactic society is rather feudal and very particular about etiquette, especially deference.

The Uplift novels are:

Additionally, Aficionado, currently published in the limited-edition collection Tomorrow Happens, is a short-story prequel to the novels. This story was originally published as "Life in the Extreme" in Popular Science Magazine Special Edition, 8/98. This story is freely available on Brin's website for reading.

Brin has also co-authored Kevin Lenagh Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe.

There is an detailed Uplift supplement for the roleplaying game GURPS allowing players to play out adventures in the universe described in these novels. Although Brin did not write the GURPS supplement, he did contribute information to it.

Several of his novels refer to the fictional Anglic language, a future variety of English.

Brin has contrasted the Uplift saga -- in which humans find themselves one minor species among a universe of many thousands of more advanced races -- with his short story The Crystal Spheres (available in the collection The River of Time), in which humans begin searching for extraterrestrial life only to learn that the universe is empty of other sapient life... almost.

Other fiction

Brin has written several stand-alone novels:

His short fiction has been collected in:

Other well-known works by David Brin include his book that completes and ties up all of the loose ends in the legendary Asimov's Foundation Universe:

Brin wrote the storyline for the video game Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future.

Brin also wrote a number of articles criticising several science-fiction and fantasy series, such as Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings. On Star Wars Brin focused on what he called an "agenda" on the part of George Lucas, describing how he believed the basis of the Star Wars universe was profoundly anti-democratic. These essays inspired a debate-format book: Star Wars On Trial which clashed "defense vs prosecution" testimony covering a dozen political and philosophical and storytelling charges against the Star Wars Universe. Brin also criticised The Lord of the Rings for what he perceived to be their unquestioning devotion to a traditional elitist social structure, their positive depiction of the slaughter of the opposing forces, and their romantic backward-looking worldview.


Nonfiction

  • Star Wars on Trial : Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (2006) ISBN 1-932100-89-X
  • Various scientific papers have punctuated the years since his doctoral and postdoctoral work in space physics, cometary studies, optics and spacecraft design for the California Space Institute

Bibliography from ISFDB

Fetched: Fritz (talk) 13:27, 13 March 2014 (CDT)

Fiction Series

   Existence
       Lungfish (1986) [SF]
       The Smartest Mob . . . (2008) [SF]
       Shoresteading (2010) [SF] also appeared as:
           Magazine Appearances:
           Shoresteading (Part 1 of 2) (2008)
           Shoresteading (Part 2 of 2) (2008) 
       Existence (2012)
       The Shelter of Tradition (An excerpt from the novel Existence) (2012) [SF]
       Latecomers (2012) [SF] 
   Foundation Universe
       Second Foundation Trilogy
           3 Foundation's Triumph (1999)
           Foundation's Triumph (excerpt) (1999) [SF] 
   The Postman
       The Postman (1982) [SF]
       Cyclops (1984) [SF]
       The Postman (1985) 
   Uplift Universe
       Life in the Extreme (1998) [SF] also appeared as:
           Variant Title: Aficionado (2003) 
       Ickies (1999) [SF]
       Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe (2002) [NF] with Kevin Lenagh
       Ickies in Mirrorshades (2004) [SF]
       Gorilla My Dreams (2009) [SF] 
       1 Uplift
           1 Sundiver (1980)
           2 Startide Rising (1983)
           3 The Uplift War (1987)
           The Tides of Kithrup (1981) [SF]
           Earthclan (1987) [O/2,3]
           Temptation (1999) [SF]
           Uplift: The Complete Original Trilogy (2012) [O/1,2,3] 
       2 Uplift Storm
           1 Brightness Reef (1995)
           2 Infinity's Shore (1996)
           3 Heaven's Reach (1998)
           Infinity's Shore (excerpt) (1996) [SF]
           Heaven's Reach (excerpt) (1997) [SF] 

Novels

   The Practice Effect (1984)
   Heart of the Comet (1986) with Gregory Benford
   Earth (1990)
   Glory Season (1993)
   Kiln People (2002) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: Kil'n People (2002) 

Collections

   The River of Time (1986)
   Otherness (1994)
   Tomorrow Happens (2003)
   Les sphères de cristal (2003) 

Omnibus

   Exiles: The Uplift Storm Trilogy (2013) [O] 

Anthologies

   Project Solar Sail (1990) with Arthur C. Clarke 

Chapterbooks

   Dr. Pak's Preschool (1989)
   Piecework (1991)
   The Life Eaters (2003)
   Sky Horizon (2007)
   Reality Check (2011)
   The Giving Plague (2012) 

Nonfiction Series

   King Kong
       Introduction (King Kong Is Back!: An Unauthorized Look at One Humongous Ape) (2005) [ES]
       King Kong Is Back!: An Unauthorized Look at One Humongous Ape (2005) with Leah Wilson 
   Star Wars Universe
       Star Wars: Nonfiction
           Star Wars on Trial (2006) with Matthew Stover [only as by David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover ] 

Nonfiction

   Evolution of Polarized Light in an Inhomogeneous Anisotropic Medium (MS Thesis) (1977)
   Evolution of Cometary Nuclei as Influenced by a Dust Component (PhD Thesis) (1981)
   Extraterrestrial Civilization (1989) with Thomas B. H. Kuiper
   The Transparent Society (1998)
   Through Stranger Eyes: Reviews, Introductions, Tributes & Iconoclastic Essays (2008) 

Short Fiction Series

   War of the Worlds
       Paris Conquers All (1996) with Gregory Benford 
   The Ancient Ones
       The Ancient Ones, Episode 1 (2006)
       The Ancient Ones, Episode 2 (2006)
       The Ancient Ones, Episode 3 (2006)
       The Ancient Ones, Episode 4 (2007)
       The Ancient Ones, Episode Five (2008) 
   Colony High
       1 Sky Horizon (2007) 

Shortfiction

   Just a Hint (1981)
   The Loom of Thessaly (1981)
   Co-existence (1982) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: The River of Time (1981) 
   Tank-Farm Dynamo (1983) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: Tank Farm Dynamo (1983)
       Variant Title: Tank Farm (2000) 
   The Crystal Spheres (1984)
   The Fourth Vocation of George Gustaf (1984)
   The Warm Space (1985)
   Toujours Voir (1986)
   Senses Three and Six (1986)
   Thor Meets Captain America (1986)
   A Stage of Memory (1986) with Daniel Brin
   Bubbles (1987)
   The Giving Plague (1988)
   Sshhh . . . (1988) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: Shhhh (1989) 
   Dr. Pak's Preschool (1989)
   Privacy (1989)
   Ambiguity (1989)
   Myth Number 21 (1990) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: Elvis (1990) 
   Earth (excerpt) (1990)
   Piecework (1990)
   The Diplomacy Guild (1990)
   Peacekeeper (1990)
   Ice Pilot (1990)
   The Secret of Life (1990)
   What Continues, What Fails . . . (1991) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: What Continues . . . And What Fails . . . (1991) 
   Genji (1992) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: Bonding to Genji (1992) 
   Detritus Affected (1993)
   NatuLife (R) (1994)
   Those Eyes (1994)
   The Other Side of the Hill (1994)
   Fortitude (1996) [also as by David Brin, Ph.D. ]
   An Ever-Reddening Glow (1996)
   Stones of Significance (1998)
   Civilization (1998)
   Civilization [Denouement] (1998)
   Reality Check (2000)
   A Professor at Harvard (2003)
   News from 2025 (2003)
   The Life Eaters (2003)
   Sky Light (2004)
   Mars Opposition (2005)
   Eloquent Elepents Pine Away for the Moon's Crystal Forests (2006)
   I Could've Done Better (2007) with Gregory Benford
   Gawkers (2007)
   The Heavy Generation (2013)
   Existence (excerpt) (2013)
   The Log (2013)
   Insistence of Vision (2013)
   Banner of the Angels (2013) with Gregory Benford
   The Avalon Missions (2014) 

Essay Series

   Science Fact (Analog)
       The Deadly Thing at 2.4 Kilo-Parsecs (1984)
       Just How Dangerous is the Galaxy? (1985) 
   Editorial (Analog)
       The Dogma of Otherness (1986) 
   Science (Science Fiction Age)
       Forget SF's magical warp drives. Can today's science give us the stars for real? (1995) with Geoffrey A. Landis and Robert L. Forward and Jonathan V. Post
       Science (Science Fiction Age, January 2000) (2000) 
   Essay (Science Fiction Age)
       Only Science Fiction can solve the perplexing problem of gun control. (1994) 
   The Profession of Science Fiction
       35 A Shaman's View (1987) 

Essays

   Letter (Amazing Stories, March 1983) (1983)
   Xenology: The New Science of Asking, "Who's Out There?" (1983) [only as by David Brin, Ph.D. ]
   Postscript (Startide Rising) (1983)
   Glossario e personaggi (Le maree di Kithrup) (1985)
   Running Out of Speculative Niches: A Crisis for Hard SF? (1986)
   Postscript and Acknowledgments (The Uplift War) (1986)
   SFRA Panel: Cyberpunk or Cyberjunk? Some Perspectives on Recent Trends in SF (1987) with John Shirley and Jack Williamson and Norman Spinrad and Gregory Benford
   Introduction (Stand on Zanzibar) (1987)
   Acknowledgments (Heart of the Comet) (1987) with Gregory Benford
   Cyberpunk Forum/Symposium:Starchilde Harold, Revisited: (1988)
   Letter (Locus #326) (1988)
   Glossario e personaggi (I signori di Garth) (1988)
   Alcune parole e glifi Tymbrimi (1988)
   Forum: Dateline 1999 (1989) with Edward Bryant and Robin Cook and Joyce Thompson and Pat Cadigan and Dan Simmons and Jack Williamson and Gregory Benford and Lewis Shiner and Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury
   Science and the Fantastic, Part I: The Time Flow of Wisdom (1989)
   Science and the Fantastic, Part II: The Image of the Magician (1989)
   Read This (NYRSF, August 1989) (1989)
   Response to "The New Generation Gap" (1989)
   L'universo di "Uplift". Saggio introduttivo dell'autore all'edizione italiana (Spedizione Sundiver) (1989)
   Science versus Magic (1990)
   The Commonwealth of Wonder (1990) also appeared as:
       Variant Title: The New Meme (1990) 
   Afterword (Earth) (1990)
   A Western Way of Thought (1990)
   Letter (Locus #352) (1990)
   Letter (Locus #353) (1990)
   Author's Preface (Earth) (1990)
   On Niven (1990)
   The Dangers of First Contact (1991)
   Nota dell'autore (Terra) (1991)
   Agent-Author (Pre-nuptial) Agreements (1992)
   Foreword (Abortion Stories) (1992)
   The Bubbling Universe (1992) with Thomas R. McDonough
   Waging War with Reality (1992)
   Afterword (Glory Season) (1993)
   Letter (Locus #392) (1993)
   Story Notes (for "Myth Number 21") (1994)
   Story Notes (for "Sshhh . . .") (1994)
   What to Say to a UFO (1994)
   Whose Millennium? (1994)
   Story Notes (for "Bubbles") (1994)
   Introduction (Lord of Light) (1994)
   First Word: Of Elves and Aliens (1994)
   Letter (Locus #417) (1995)
   John Brunner: Further Appreciations (1995)
   A World in Love with Change (1996)
   Introduction: A World in Love with Change (The Williamson Effect) (1996)
   Afterword: Retrospective (War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches) (1996) with Gregory Benford
   The Transparent Society (1996)
   On Niven (1998) with Gregory Benford and Wendy Ali and John Hertz and Steven Barnes and Frederik Pohl
   Afterword and Acknowledgments (Heaven's Reach) (1998)
   Afterword (Heaven's Reach) (1998)
   Acknowledgments (Heaven's Reach) (1998)
   Glossary of Species and Terms (Heaven's Reach) (1998)
   The Observatory: Ultimate Surveillance (1999)
   Afterword (Foundation's Triumph) (1999)
   Dialogo col futuro (1999)
   Vorwort (Die Foundation-Trilogie) (2000)
   Introduction (The Age of Wonders) (2000)
   Letter (Locus #479) (2000)
   The Robots and Foundation Universe: Issues and Hints Left for Us by Isaac Asimov (2001)
   Introduction (Beyond Thirty) (2001)
   Clifford Simak (2001)
   Citizen of the Renaissance (2001)
   Poul Anderson (2001)
   A Special Introduction (Orbiter) (2002)
   Locus Celebrates Issue 500 (2002)
   Letter (Locus #500) (2002)
   Tribute to Robert Forward (2002)
   Introduction (The Sheep Look Up) (2003)
   Probing the Near Future (2003)
   Go Ahead, Stand on My Shoulders! (2003)
   The Future Keeps Surprising Us (2003)
   The Self-Preventing Prophecy (2003)
   Do We Really Want Immortality? (2003)
   Goodbye, Mir! (Sniff!) (2003)
   The Open-Ended Science Fiction Story (2003)
   Seeking a New Fulcrum (2003)
   The Robots and Foundation Universe (2003)
   We Hobbits Are a Merry Folk (2003)
   Tomorrow May Be Different (2003)
   Afterword (The Life Eaters) (2003)
   Foreword (The Night Orchid: Conan Doyle in Toulouse) (2004)
   To Read The Separation (2004)
   What Hess Sought (2004)
   Science Fiction Museum: Comments (2004)
   Foreword (Alas, Babylon) (2005)
   Doing a Slow Turn: The Poison of Cynicism (2006)
   Star Trek (2006)
   Jack Williamson (2007)
   Preface (Speculative Japan) (2007)
   Afterword to the Story Gawkers (2007)
   Report on China (2007)
   The Year of SF in Asia (2007)
   Birthday Tribute to Arthur Clarke (2008)
   Thinking About SF (2009)
   Frederik Pohl—Architect of Worlds (2010)
   Letter (Locus #599) (2010)
   Afterword (Existence) (2012)
   Ray Bradbury (2012)
   Introduction to "Hunting the Snark" (2012)
   Iain M. Banks (2013)
   Anne McCaffrey, Believer in Us (2013)
   Pole Star (2013) 

Reviews

   Godspeed (1993) by Charles Sheffield
   When Heaven Fell (1995) by William Barton



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