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Collected interviews on TV, radio, major print and other media about science and fiction! About Optimism, transparency, technology, and the rapidity of change. About space & SETI, the Singularity, pop culture, Avatar, Tolkien, and Yoda. And much more. For even more interviews, see the about David page and media.
Brin defines hard SF
I Am A Member Of A Civilization
It's good we have a rambunctious society, filled with opinionated individualists. Serenity is nice, but serenity alone never brought progress. Hermits solved no problems. The adversarial process helps us to improve as individuals and as a culture. Criticism is the only known antidote to error -- elites shunned it and their evasion spread ruin across history. We do each other a favor (though not always appreciated) by helping find each others' mistakes. And yet...
...we'd all be happier, better off and more coping of criticism if each of us were to now and then say:
"I am a member of a civilization." (IAAMOAC)
Step back from anger. Study how awful our ancestors had it. They struggled to get you here. Repay by appreciating civilization.
JUST RELEASED: the paperback version of EXISTENCE.
From my recent speech before the Southern California Writers' Conference, my most important piece of advice for all would-be novelists: Why your first novel should be a murder mystery!
SF Signal: Catch an extensive podcast interview by SF Signal's Patrick Hester. Worth listening to -- with a bottle of Dos Equis!
PRESS KIT: Now active -- a page for journalists seeking concise background information, bios etc.
QUOTATIONS: By request, we collected some of the most popular, pungent or provocative Brin quotes in one place.
EMERGENCY PLANNING: Compiled at last -- Brin articles about emergency readiness, civil defense, and citizen resilience. How to make yourself (and civilization) more robust against the dangers and inevitable calamities that will strike us in this century.
EXISTENCE! a novel of our future
Learn more and sample stories from this exciting saga about the near future, praised by critics and readers as a driving adventure "with at least two startling ideas per page."
I could not put it down — Temple Grandin
(An) immaculately conceived and rendered book, massive and dense but somehow light-footed as well.... These are not merely people from 2012 transplanted to different circumstances, but true denizens of the future. — BarnesAndNoble.com
Read story-excerpts and praise from Publisher's Weekly, Temple Grandin, Vernor Vinge, Stephen Baxter and others, or purchase now.
To celebrate the U.K. release of EXISTENCE in paperback, Orbit Books (UK) has also re-released the six Uplift books as two omnibus editions and re-released Earth and The Postman -- all with specially-designed new covers.
exploring the solar system
At Planetfest 2012, Brin asks, 'will we see a new burst in planetary exploration?'
send me to MARS!
I've filled out the application and profile for "Mars One" -- the proposed endeavor to send volunteers to "colonize" Mars well before a simple manned landing and return can be accomplished. How? Simple. Make the journey one way!
I have mixed feelings, but I approve of the devil-may-care courage that's involved and the willingness to toss aside the solipsistic importance of the self for something spectacularly ground-breaking. I can't promise for sure that I would go. But I talk about the mind-set and I think I've got at least a bit of it.
Companies, meetings, and agencies book me as a popular speaker or consultant. See coming public appearances, below.
NOT the end of the world
David reads an interlude from EXISTENCE: Why were folks in every age and culture fixated on the world's end? From Ragnarok to Revelation to comets... an amusing tour of our obsession with doomsday!
From UCTV Prime: "Now we have the honor of presenting our interview with David Brin, renowned science fiction author and futurist (possibly the coolest job title on the planet), who discusses the merits and hazards of extrapolation in science fiction while making the case for enlightened optimism in the face of fashionable cynicism."
HEART OF THE COMET returns
Gregory Benford and David Brin revise and re-issue their bold classic about our near-future in space.
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