Deception is sometimes a darn good reproductive strategy. It's a novel of ideas and imagination, rather than a novel of character development, a pretty intriguing vision of possible futures, and one which was carefully thought out based on our modern technological direction. He has received the , , and. Yet it also manages to be very stimulating and provocative in addressing a question we really should all be facing up to -- will our species survive or not, at the end of all the challenges we re facing now and the challenges which are on their way? An illustrated companion to the series, , is a fun tour of the many alien races in the Uplift Universe. A crystal ovoid exhibiting almost miraculous technological functionalities and, most importantly, claiming to be a messenger from an alien civilization. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. For example, they all wore pixelated clothing that glittered and throbbed with ever-changing patterns.
We do not collect or store information about visitors of our site. ~ Unlike some of my Bulgarian friends, I find the last quarter of the book far more fulfilling than the earlier parts. I finished Existence only because I was hoping the book would redeem itself. Well, the wait was over in June of this year and it wasn't worth it. Towards the end, Hamish meets up with a male Jamaican professor and the narrator is so terrible that Robin Miles has to step in and do the professor's dialogue. I like it when a book is just a little bit over my head.
This is Brin at his best, dealing with Big Concepts from autism to Uplift though this is certainly not part of Brin's Uplift universe. The first half of the book is the problem,in my view, as there is entirely too much detail put into what are essentially tangents related to politics. I would have liked to have seen more of that. And there are other scenarios—conceivable ways that one lunatic might outweigh all the rest of us, no matter how high a fraction are good and sane. I wanted to love Existence out of respect for David Brin and his previous works. Might we be the first to cross the mine-field, evading every trap to learn the secret of Existence? There were some story lines I really enjoyed, but he would just drop them and not go back.
Title: Existence Author: David Brin Publisher: Tor Books, 2018 Formats: Kindle. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. Were we scared back from that brink, sobered to our senses by the warning image of a mushroom cloud? This was one reason he never liked augmented reality. The human spills over into the machine and vice versa, other species join us, while even inter-humanity speciation events are recognized as possible and possibly desirable. It is not just the near future that is in focus here but the whole timeline of existence, its image refracted through the lens of human civilization. Dacă-mi aduc aminte încă niște epitete până ce voi încerca să-i scriu o recenzie pentru Argos, le voi trece și pe acelea. That is an honorable role for anyone's book.
And hopefully, most of his backlist. One is the repeated frequently repeated! It is almost like Brin had a goal of writing over 500 pages and was not going to let the fact that he only had 300 pages of material stop him. . I can forgive an author for leaving the reader hanging once or twice, it helps to build suspense. This novel is high on the future to come.
Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2018-02-01. Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. Beyond 350 I admit I was not reading every word. With the exception of another David Zindell , I cannot think of a contemporary who has envisioned better and brighter futures, over and over again.
It seems just a short while ago that I declared I did not give five-star ratings to fictional novels, but I seem to have done that a few times over the past couple years, and I certainly have to do so here. And so, Tor passed by the usual booths offering cryonic suspension contracts. As you follow his argument for two-way social transparency, you realize your only hope is that he is right. A suspicion of feckless editing entered my mind. Earth touched on the Fermi Paradox roughly: since it seems likely that intelligent life is common in the universe, where is everybody? Not even the ending was a wow moment except the discovery Tor made toward the end — that would have been something to develop further.
The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. That was the function of George Orwell's 1984. Brin achieved an excellent gestalt of character, big ideas, and narrative energy. ~ Some things never change. Astronaut Gerald Livingstone grabs a crystal lump of floating space debris.
So the shift to a broader, more cosmic perspective was a welcome change. More fragile than we imagined. All told, the best part of this book was the world that Brin evokes, but setting is never a story and ultimately, this story about First Contact deserves no contact. This is science fiction doing what it does best - asking questions about what it means to be human, and about what we are doing wrong and could do better. Barocă, extraordinară, complexă, alambicată, grea de-ți pârâie neuronii, întortocheată, complicată, lungă, plictisitoare pe alocuri , extravagantă. And the story in Existence is an incredible one that twists in succeeding levels of consciousness as we see through the build up of all the slices of life what is happening … and then see that we actually understood very little … and then see in a new development that it was even more complex than we had thought. No more of that for me.
Both Brin and Zindell are at the top of our list of recommended reading. This page contains the standard text of the standard disclaimer and at least the standard text about cookies. The award-winning futurist his other novels include Earth and The Postman is interested in nothing less than humanity's past, present and future in his complex new novel. I found it hard to figure out and keep track of all the storylines. Now I'm bracing myself for the ending. An inventive alien-contact story lies at the heart of the novel, while much of its science-fictional technology derives from the legacy of cyberpunk but moves beyond most cyberpunk to contemplate the potential of a genuinely posthuman future.