CONTACTING ALIENS: An Illustrated Guide To David Brin's Uplift Universe


... but somebody has to run it!

"Of course you recall the nursery rhyme each Earthchild learns, to help remember the Orders of Life -- Oh How My Reality Tricks Me Easily -- a mnemonic that's philosophically useful as well as handy." -- the 7 known orders of life in the Uplift universe

Created around the wonderful drawings of Minneapolis artist Kevin Lenagh, this book makes more vivid nearly a hundred of the alien and Earthling species that appear in the Uplift novels like Startide Rising, Sundiver and Brightness Reef.

Contacting Aliens has already generated excitement among fans of the Uplift worlds. Early drafts were snapped up by gamers who wanted to apply its wide range of aliens to their scenarios. Stefan Jones has revised and re-released his legendary GURPS Uplift Game using this guide as a model.

Uplifting novels

The Uplift Trilogy (Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, and Heaven's Reach) continues the stirring saga that began with Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War. The entire series is available in paperback and ebook.

I also released a companion to the series. Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide To David Brin's Uplift Universe is a fun tour of the many alien races in the Uplift Universe.

I've posted here short stories based in the Uplift universe. "Aficionado," "Shoresteading," and "The Shelter of Tradition" are now part of my newest novel, Existence (on sale now!). This story details the very beginnings of Earth's Uplift Project. The other, "Temptation," first appeared in Robert Silverberg's anthology Far Horizons and features the adventures of a female dolphin on the faraway world, Jijo, who must escape from two of her own kind and then penetrate a deeply dangerous ancient secret.

See also a page dedicated to the Uplift universe.


Xap trader approaching space elevator.      Rothen at state function.      Rothen colony world.

Brothers surfacing in archology colony.      Ot'ahh gaming.      Paimin in a marketplace.