a compilation of DAVID BRIN's interviews

David Brin's best-selling novels include The Postman (filmed in 1997) plus explorations of our near-future in Earth and Existence. His award-winning novels and short stories explore vividly speculative ideas through a hard-science lens. His nonfiction book, The Transparent Society, won the American Library Association's Freedom of Speech Award for exploring 21st Century concerns about security, secrecy, accountability and privacy.

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  • DAVID BRIN's fiction & nonfiction books
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    DAVID BRIN's print interviews

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    2019

  • This ACM interview about our need for resilient systems robust enough to take shocks and ride them out.
  • Factor Daily interview about transparency, freedom and the future, with emphasis on India's ambitious Aadhaar Program.
  • 2018

  • Thomson Reuters interview about Artificial Intelligence and ways to get a "soft" singularity.
  • The South China Morning Post discusses the secrets of a bright future.
  • 2017

  • Artificial Intelligence Conference interview.
  • MarketShadows interview about "Civilization: A Pyramid or a Diamond?"
  • Gigaom interview about artificial intelligence, and why it is possible that these new, genius offspring of humanity may decide not to treat us badly.
  • 2016

  • This Futurism interview is about writing science fiction.
  • A Gizmodo interview asks: are we overthinking the worries about Artificial Intelligence?
  • A fun, brief interview for the leading sci fi magazine Clarkesworld.
  • 2014

  • Answers to 12 questions from Brin's Reddit AMA "what's the scariest thing about the future that hasn't come true yet?" session.
  • 2013

  • This interview, for the European Union's Horizons 2020 Congress, takes a business-friendly look at the future.
  • This interview with Henry Herz talks about writing's "sweat equity."
  • A panel discussion at Arizona State University on reputation systems, surveillance technologies, and the future of the Internet as a problem-solving tool.
  • NPR's All Tech Considered asks Brin how the many new technologies will change the way we live.
  • Extensive author profile and interview at HBS Author Spotlight.
  • For Italian readers, this Nocturnia interview about science fiction and writing.
  • 2012

  • Stephen Ormsby's Q&A on a writer's life.
  • Wired Magazine, a "Geek's Guide to the Galaxy" profile.
  • Futurist.com, about predictions for the future.
  • Geek Wire wants to know about science fiction, new technologies — and geek culture.
  • Orbit Magazine, about the transformative power of science fiction.
  • This gameranx interview concerns games & the future.
  • This io9 interview asks about the challenges of creating a plausible future.
  • DAVID BRIN's video and audio interviews

    select video and audio interviews

    2020

  • "Breaking Banks" interviews acclaimed science fiction authors David Brin, Kevin J. Anderson, and Ramez Naam about how the Covid-19 crisis might affect humanity on a long term basis.
  • 2019

  • Intellectual Explorers interviews David about our culture‚Äôs addiction to self-righteous indignation and how we engage in 'ritual combat' over ideas.
  • American Enterprise Institute interview about transparency, accountability and freedom.
  • Ed Willett's podcast at The Worldshapers on writing science fiction.
  • 2018

  • "The future of Privacy Policy" with James Pethoukis.
  • 2017

  • To the Best of Our Knowledge podcast interviews Brin about our addiction to anger, indignation and self-righteousness.
  • 2016

  • Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson interviews Brin and Boise State University professor Justin Vaughn about how our cameras-everywhere culture affects the candidates, presidential campaigns, and the U.S.
  • Kevin Tumlinson's interviews Brin for his 100th Wordslinger podcast episode, about writing and the role of the hero.
  • 2014

  • KCRW's To the Point, on "SnapChat and the future of an erasable internet."
  • 2013

  • ASU's Center for Science and Imagination interview answers 5 "burning questions" about the future, resilience and imagination.
  • Utopia in Exile, an interview about science, the future, mind-stretching exercises.
  • In David Livingston's syndicated SPACE SHOW, Brin talks starships, asteroid mining, and bringing boldness back to our civilization.
  • Mythbehaving, about Sci Fi, dystopias, augmented humans & more.
  • mendelspod.com talks about science & the "great delusion."
  • 2012

  • NEXT, about our inevitable future.
  • KPBS, about the nature of Existence.
  • Singularity weblog, about the Singularity.
  • Kickstarter interview, about funding dreams and the wisdom of crowds.
  • Scott Sigler's Friday Fix interview.
  • UCtv (3 videos), science fiction as literature, the Positive Sum Game, and the prevalence of cynicism.
  • Reason tv, about dogmatic libertarians, transparency, and uplifting dolphins.
  • UCtv Prime, the "science fiction" barometer.

  • a brief intro to science fiction author DAVID BRIN

    To learn more, visit his books page, or see his "about me" page or detailed biography.

    DAVID BRIN author

    novels

    David Brin's science fiction novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More


    shorter fiction

    Short stories and novellas have different rhythms and artistic flavor, and Brin's short stories and novellas, several of which earned Hugo and other awards, exploit that difference to explore a wider range of real and vividly speculative ideas. Many have been selected for anthologies and reprints, and most have been published in anthology form. Learn More


    Contrary Brin blog

    Since 2004, David Brin has maintained a blog about science, technology, science fiction, books, and the future — themes his science fiction and nonfiction writings continue to explore. Learn More


    social media influencer

    Who could've predicted that social media — indeed, all of our online society — would play such an important role in the 21st Century — restoring the voices of advisors and influencers! Lively and intelligent comments spill over onto Brin's social media pages. Learn More

    DAVID BRIN scientist

    scientist

    David Brin's Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. Every science show that depicts a comet now portrays the model developed in Brin's PhD research. Learn More


    transparency expert

    Brin's non-fiction book, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy?, continues to receive acclaim for its accuracy in predicting 21st Century concerns about online security, secrecy, accountability and privacy. Learn More


    speaker & consultant

    Brin speaks plausibly and entertainingly about trends in technology and society to audiences willing to confront the challenges that our rambunctious civilization will face in the decades ahead. He also talks about the field of science fiction, especially in relation to his own novels and stories. To date he has presented at more than 300 meetings, conferences, corporate retreats and other gatherings. Learn More


    future/tech advisor

    Brin advises corporations and governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was appraised as "#1 influencer" in Onalytica's Top 100 report of Artificial Intelligence influencers, brands & publications. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More

    Contacting BRIN

    All the Ways in the World to Reach David Brin

    an ornery, contrary BLOG, and other insightful wormholes!

    Do not enter if you want a standard "Party" line! Contrary Brin's incendiary posts on science, sci-fi and politics and its engaged, opinionated community poke at too-rigid orthodoxies, proposing ideas and topics that fascinate — and infuriate. See for yourself, and if you like — subscribe for more.

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  • designing and crafting our amazing 21st Century
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