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David Brin

Autor(a) de The Postman

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Séries

Obras de David Brin

The Postman (1985) 4,157 cópias
Startide Rising (1982) 4,123 cópias
Sundiver (1980) 3,919 cópias
The Uplift War (1987) 3,230 cópias
Brightness Reef (1995) 2,490 cópias
Earth (1990) 2,398 cópias
Infinity's Shore (1996) 2,039 cópias
Heaven's Reach (1998) 1,912 cópias
Kiln People (2002) 1,883 cópias
Glory Season (1993) 1,549 cópias
The Practice Effect (1984) 1,499 cópias
Foundation's Triumph (1999) — Autor — 1,326 cópias
Heart of the Comet (1986) 1,190 cópias
Existence (2012) 926 cópias
Otherness (1994) 880 cópias
The River of Time (1986) 829 cópias
The Life Eaters (2003) 142 cópias
Tomorrow Happens (2003) 80 cópias
Forgiveness (2001) 68 cópias
Insistence of Vision (2016) 53 cópias
The Crystal Spheres {story} (1984) — Autor — 50 cópias
Reality Check {story} (2000) 50 cópias
Sky Horizon (2007) 39 cópias
Brightness Reef, Part 1 (1995) 39 cópias
Brightness Reef, Part 2 (1995) 37 cópias
Infinity's Shore, Part 2 (1996) 36 cópias
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Editor; Contribuinte — 35 cópias
The Uplift War, Part 2 (1999) 33 cópias
Dr. Pak's Preschool (1990) 31 cópias
The Uplift War, Part 1 (1999) 31 cópias
Thor Meets Captain America (1986) 29 cópias
The Best of David Brin (2021) 27 cópias
Infinity's Shore, Part 1 (1996) 27 cópias
Stones of Significance (1998) 27 cópias
Piecework (1988) 25 cópias
The Loom of Thessaly (1981) 24 cópias
Earth I (1990) 20 cópias
Temptation (1999) 20 cópias
Earth II (1990) 19 cópias
Tank Farm Dynamo (1983) 19 cópias
Heaven's Reach, Part I (1999) 15 cópias
Heaven's Reach, Part II (1999) 13 cópias
The Ancient Ones (2020) 10 cópias
Gorilla My Dreams (2009) 9 cópias
What Continues What Fails (1991) 9 cópias
Lungfish (1986) 9 cópias
Those Eyes (1994) 8 cópias
Just A Hint (1980) 8 cópias
Natulife (1994) 7 cópias
Bubbles (1987) 6 cópias
Toujours Voir {short story} (1986) 6 cópias
The Warm Space (1985) 6 cópias
Ambiguity (1990) 5 cópias
Sshhh . . . {short story} (1988) 5 cópias
Privacy (1989) 4 cópias
Paris Conquers All (1996) 4 cópias
Kil'n Time (2005) 3 cópias
An Ever-Reddening Glow (1996) 3 cópias
Castaways of New Mojave (2021) 3 cópias
The Diplomacy Guild (1990) 3 cópias
Glory Season, Part I (1994) 2 cópias
The Smartest Mob 2 cópias
The Ancient Ones 2 1 exemplar(es)
The Ancient Ones 1 1 exemplar(es)
Rainbows End 1 exemplar(es)
The Ancient Ones 3 1 exemplar(es)
Shoresteading 1 1 exemplar(es)
How Will the World End? (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Singularity and Nightmares (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
3 CHEERS FOR THE SURVEILLANC M (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
DO WE REALLY WANT IMMORTALIT M (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Out of Time Yanked! 1 exemplar(es)
Gli sterminatori: Olocausto (Vol. 1) (2015) — Ilustrador — 1 exemplar(es)
Mars Opposition 1 exemplar(es)
The Log {short story} 1 exemplar(es)
Shoresteading 2 1 exemplar(es)
The Ancient Ones 5 1 exemplar(es)
Cyclops (novella) 1 exemplar(es)
News From 2025 1 exemplar(es)
[[no brin paperbacks???] 1 exemplar(es)
I Could've Done Better 1 exemplar(es)
Existence Excerpt 1 exemplar(es)
The Tell (short) 1 exemplar(es)
Transition Generation 1 exemplar(es)
The Ancient Ones 4 1 exemplar(es)
Visions of the Future 1 exemplar(es)
Shoresteading (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
The Startide Effect 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Alas, Babylon (1959) — Prefácio, algumas edições4,930 cópias
Stand on Zanzibar (1968) — Introdução, algumas edições3,205 cópias
N-Space (1990) — Contribuinte — 1,144 cópias
Far Horizons (1999) — Contribuinte — 769 cópias
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 447 cópias
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contribuinte — 392 cópias
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contribuinte — 345 cópias
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contribuinte — 282 cópias
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Contribuinte — 282 cópias
Year's Best SF 4 (1999) — Contribuinte — 263 cópias
The 1989 Annual World's Best SF (1989) — Contribuinte — 237 cópias
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (1997) — Contribuinte — 234 cópias
Murasaki (1992) — Contribuinte — 225 cópias
The New Hugo Winners: Award Winning Science Fiction Stories (1989) — Contribuinte — 210 cópias
Diplomacy Guild (1990) — Contribuinte — 202 cópias
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2013) — Contribuinte — 186 cópias
Old Venus (2015) — Contribuinte — 169 cópias
Live Without a Net (2003) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern (2013) — Contribuinte — 131 cópias
The Postman [1997 film] (1997) — Original book — 129 cópias
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias
Full Spectrum 2 (1990) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
The Universe (1987) — Contribuinte — 114 cópias
Full Spectrum 4 (1993) — Contribuinte — 106 cópias
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 1 (2016) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Project Solar Sail (1990) — Contribuinte — 99 cópias
Alien Pregnant by Elvis (1994) — Contribuinte — 90 cópias
Skylife: Space Habitats in Story and Science (2000) — Contribuinte — 82 cópias
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe (2013) — Contribuinte — 78 cópias
Ring of Fire IV (2016) — Contribuinte, algumas edições77 cópias
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (2015) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias
The Microverse (1989) — Contribuinte — 66 cópias
All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories (2004) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
Interzone: The 3rd Anthology (1988) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
The Williamson Effect (1996) — Introdução — 38 cópias
Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon (2013) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 3 (1990) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Space Cadets (2006) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 2 (2016) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Interzone: The 5th Anthology (1991) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Novel Ideas: Science Fiction (2006) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Worst Contact (2015) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Isaac Asimov's tomorrow's voices (1984) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance (2017) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Pwning Tomorrow (2015) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Vital: The Future of Healthcare (2021) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Orbiter (2002) — Introdução — 9 cópias
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 16 • September 2011 (2011) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
I mondi del possibile (1993) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Ikarus 2001. Best of Science Fiction. (2001) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 5, November 2013 (2013) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
The Chronicles of Davids (2019) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Wassermans Roboter (1988) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Free Stories 2016 (2016) — Contribuinte, algumas edições6 cópias
Abortion Stories: Fiction on Fire (1992) — Prefácio; Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Analog 5 (1982) — Contribuinte, algumas edições5 cópias
Overview: Stories in the Stratosphere (2017) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 96 • May 2018 (2018) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Interzone 033 (1990) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Interzone 023 (1988) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Science Fiction Age: Vol. 3, No. 1 (November 1994) (1994) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Papa Godzilla (1989) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias

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***Group Read: The Postman em 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (Abril 2011)

Resenhas

Probably enjoyed the previous two books in the trilogy more, but still enjoyed this.
 
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stubooks | outras 16 resenhas | Apr 4, 2024 |
Probably not quite in the right frame of mind to appreciate this book.
I tend to go short stories because I don't need to concentrate or invest as much as when I read an epic series, but this one required more thought and consideration than I felt like giving.
On which note, I did like Brin's Uplift series.

From this, I most liked The Giving Plague and Ambiguity.
Also the final essay on Otherness
 
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stubooks | outras 12 resenhas | Apr 4, 2024 |
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.
… (mais)
 
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DeusXMachina | outras 48 resenhas | Feb 16, 2024 |

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Obras
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Membros
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Popularidade
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Avaliação
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Resenhas
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ISBNs
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Idiomas
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