Search Results: "David Brin"


BOOK REVIEW

EXISTENCE by David Brin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2012

"A verbose, unwieldy, frustrating, nugget-strewn mess."
Huge, ambitious concoction from the author of Kiln People (2002, etc.) that tackles the question of why we haven't yet been contacted by aliens. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Brin's writing is eclectic, wandering and fun. Some of what he says is, well, crackpot. But Brin is also no anarchistic dreamer, no 'cypher punk,' as he puts it. The transparent, unregulated future of freedom is only a possibility, a result of long processes of experimentation and gained wisdom."
Self-described crackpot and prolific science-fiction writer Brin (Infinity's Shore, 1996, etc.) ponders the technological threats to and possibilities for freedom in the not-too-distant future. Read full book review >

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MEMOIRS by David Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 1995

A modest, enjoyable, and minor memoir by a journalist who has seen much 20th-century history in the making. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN'S REACH by David Brin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 8, 1998

"Since Brin wrote the charming and inspiring The Postman (1985), his novels have grown ever more impenetrable and overambitious; like the rest of the trilogy, this one's hard to get into, hard to follow, and difficult to care about."
Final installment—the individual entries (Brightness Reef, 1995; Infinity's Shore, 1996) aren't particularly intelligible in their own right—of Brin's vast yarn about planet Jijo and its six alien races, all illegal immigrants living in terror of a visitation from the rulers of the Five Galaxies. Read full book review >

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FOUNDATION'S TRIUMPH by David Brin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Still, readers of the first two volumes, and fans of Asimov's original yarns come to that, will want to explore."
Extending the late Isaac Asimov's original Foundation Trilogy, this Second has each entry tackled by a different author (previously Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear, 1997, and Greg Bear's Foundation and Chaos, not seen). Read full book review >

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KILN PEOPLE by David Brin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Intricate plotting, unflagging inventiveness, and a judicious sprinkling of puns and in-jokes: Brin keeps the pages feverishly turning and the tone light enough to evade the inherent irrationality of the premise."
Brin (Foundation's Triumph, 1999, etc.) gives the medieval fable of the golem a thoroughgoing, agreeably tongue-in-cheek revamp. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Still, some worthy nuggets to be mined from these pages."
Vest-pocket portraits of people, places, and events from veteran newscaster Brinkley that have the brisk familiarity of Cliffs Notes. Read full book review >

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INFINITY'S SHORE by David Brin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Indistinguishable characters, wildly overcomplicated plotting, and cluttered backdrop: as before, a combination utterly unintelligible to newcomers, and a tough slog even for series fans."
Book Two (Brightness Reef, 1995) of ``a new Uplift trilogy,'' so-called because both old and new trilogies describe how advanced Galactic races ``uplift'' younger, lesser races into full sentience and membership in the Galactic community. Read full book review >

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GLORY SEASON by David Brin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

"Brin simply has overreached himself."
Upheaval and strife in a far-future feminist utopia, thoughtfully set forth by the author of The Postman (1985), Earth (1990), etc. On planet Stratos, long isolated from the Human Phylum, women are dominant politically, numerically, and sexually; the most successful women clone themselves to create extended aristocratic families. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Typical Brin (Glory Season, 1993, etc.): tremendously inventive, ambitious work undercut by excess verbiage, one- dimensional characters, and drably unevocative writing."
The first (not self-contained) part of a projected far-future trilogy. Read full book review >

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EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO MY OPINION by David Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 1996

"Clearly, his gift is lodged in the delivery—at least when it comes to afterthoughts. (First printing of 250,000)"
These unambitious sign-offs (styled ``homilies'') from 15 years of This Week with David Brinkley never pretend to much—and they surely don't presume to anything as weighty as a raison d'àtre. Read full book review >

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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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