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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 about David, interviews, 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.
HEART OF THE COMET returns
Gregory Benford and David Brin revise and re-issue their bold classic about our near-future in space.
NEWLY PRINTED: The European, a top policy journal, ran one of my best summaries of the argument for a Transparent Society — one in which we are all empowered to see and to hold accountable those who might harm us. I argue that this is the only way we can possibly defend freedom, safety, science, justice and — ironically — some privacy in the rapidly unfolding 21st Century.
UP FOR DISCUSSION: This well-written article summarized ideas exchanged during an interesting panel discussion at Arizona State University. Topics ranged from reputation systems and surveillance technologies to the future of the Internet as a problem-solving tool.
NEW YOU-TUBE: 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!
JUST INTERVIEWED: I discuss starships, asteroid mining, and what it might take to bring boldness back to our civilization, on David Livingston's syndicated SPACE SHOW, broadcast September 2013.
PRESS KIT: Now active -- pdf versions of my press kit and a listing of major interviews for journalists seeking concise background information, bios etc.
QUOTATIONS: By request, we collected some of the most popular, pungent or provocative David Brin quotes in one place.
EXISTENCE! a novel of our future
... and already racking up predictive hits! This article (by Steve Outing), examines how journalist Tor "relies on credible smart mobs and ubiquitous connection."
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.
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exploring the solar system
At Planetfest 2012, Brin asks, 'will we see a new burst in planetary exploration?'
real-world GOOGLE GLASS
Three times in my career I have been asked to talk about this invention: First, as science fiction. Then as a future possibility. Now? See my Variety article about the real-world pros and cons of Google Glass.
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.
... or to the STARS!
I contributed a short story, "The Heavy Generation," to Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, ed. Gregory and James Benford, a collection science fiction and fact inspired by the DARPA/NASA One Hundred Year Starship program. (The science fact was just profiled in a recent issue of Forbes.)
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."
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