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.


Here are DAVID BRIN's recent interviews and additional background information.

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    DAVID BRIN's print interviews

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  • Brin answers questions about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and why it is possible that these new, genius offspring of humanity may decide not to treat us badly.
  • An interview with Futurist.com about the future of philanthropy.
  • An interview with OMNI Reboot about topics ranging from AI and apocalypse to the value and basis and future of 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.
  • io9's interview about artificial intelligence (AI) and how we can get into a good mental state to take on the many issues involved.
  • 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, on how Google Glass will change the way we live.
  • San Diego's U-T, on exploring the solar system — and SETI.
  • U-T again, this time about transparency and spying after the Snowden/NSA revelations.
  • Extensive author profile and interview at HBS Author Spotlight.
  • Santa Barbara Independent, on expanding our notion of existence.
  • The Science Technology Future site interviewed Brin about "Star Wars on Trial — A Feudalistic Fantasia Pushing an Elitist Anti-Democratic Agenda."
  • The science fiction and fantasy magazine Lightspeed published an author interview.
  • Nature Journal, on writing science books for a lay audience (subscribers only).
  • Futurist.com, about philanthropy in the future.
  • SFFworld.com, on cloning and life extension.
  • For Italian readers, Nocturnia, about science fiction and writing.
  • Switch Magazine, about privacy and secrecy.
  • Discover Magazine, on my predictions for the future.
  • CNN, discussing the modern threats to privacy Brin outlines in The Transparent Society.
  • John Kenny, concerning science and the profession of writing.
  • Writing World, on the genre of science fiction.
  • Living Planet Magazine, on environmentalism in science fiction.
  • gameranx, concerning games & the future.
  • io9, on the need to restore optimism to science fiction.
  • Lightspeed Magazine, on the Fermi Paradox.
  • North County Times, on abandoning clichés.
  • Stephen Ormsby, a Q&A on a writer's life.
  • Wired Magazine, a "Geek's Guide to the Galaxy" profile.
  • NPR, about "The Nature of Existence."
  • Metroactive, for a contrarian solution to society's unmasking.
  • A second Metroactive interview, about his science fiction.
  • Futurist.com, about predictions for the future.
  • Red Green & Blue, about science & politics.
  • Geek Wire & Red Green & Blue, concerning tech & geek culture.
  • On Fiction Writing, on the craft of writing.
  • Orbit Magazine, about Google's Project Glass.
  • The Horror Zine, a Q&A about technology... and life on other planets.
  • h+ Magazine, a feature on surveillance and sousveilance.
  • Switch, about The Transparent Society.
  • Science Fiction Musings, about writerly obsessions and other ODDysseys.
  • Slawek Wojtowicz, on a writer's life.
  • Ideomancer, about becoming a writer.
  • Planetary Society, on getting to Mars.
  • SanDiego.com, about The Architects (television series).
  • WE Online, on teaching and writing.
  • DAVID BRIN's video and audio interviews

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  • Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson interviews Brin and Boise State University professor Justin Vaughn how our cameras-everywhere culture is affecting the candidates, presidential campaigns and us.
  • Kevin Tumlinson's interviews Brin for his 100th Wordslinger podcast episode, about writing and the role of the hero.
  • KCRW's SnapChat and the art of "forgetting", on "To the Point."
  • Daily Galaxy's interview about SETI and the Fermi Paradox distills the crucial matters into just over three minutes.
  • ASU's Center for Science and Imagination, answers to "five burning questions" about the future, resilience and imagination.
  • Utopia in Exile, science, the future, mind-stretching exercises.
  • David Livingston's syndicated radio SPACE SHOW, starships, asteroid mining, bringing boldness back to our civilization.
  • Mythbehaving, Sci Fi, dystopias, augmented humans & more.
  • mendelspod.com, science & the "great delusion."
  • Discover on NPR, science of Sci Fi.
  • Discover on NPR, writing Sci Fi.
  • The World Transformed, our thinking transformed.
  • Discover on NPR, video surveillance.
  • NEXT, our inevitable future.
  • Horizons 2020 a framework for the future.
  • KPBS, the nature of Existence.
  • Singularity weblog, the Singularity.
  • Kickstarter, funding dreams and the wisdom of crowds.
  • Well-Read, comparisons between Existence and John Dos Passos's U.S.A. trilogy.
  • UCtv (3 videos), science fiction as literature, the Positive Sum Game, and the prevalence of cynicism.
  • Reason tv, uplifting.
  • France 24 asks: What is our future?
  • Scott Sigler's Friday fix.
  • UCtv Prime, the "science fiction" barometer.
  • Cover to Cover, Existence.
  • The Planetary Society, Existence.
  • Aliens! On Larry King! With Dan Aykroyd!
  • Author, reading chapters from Existence.
  • NPR, science fiction writing.
  • NPR, the science in science fiction.
  • Conspiracy Theories... oh my! Part 1 & Part 2
  • WorldCon 2012, the Uplift series.

  • newest book releases

    Chasing Shadows

    Chasing Shadows

    coming January 2017

    The authors contributing stories and essays to Chasing Shadows explore their own visions of what might propel — or obstruct — a world civilization awash in the light of transparency. find out more

    Insistence of Vision

    Insistence of Vision

    newest release

    Visit a chillingly plausible tomorrow, when prisoners may be sent to asteroidal gulags. Or might prisons vanish and felons roam, seeing only what society allows? Suppose, amid lavish success, we gain the superpower to fly! Will we even appreciate it... or will we find new reasons to complain? find out more

    Existence

    Existence

    newest novel

    Billions of planets may be ripe for life, even intelligence. So where is Everybody? Do civilizations make the same fatal mistakes, over and over? Might we be the first to cross the mine-field, evading every trap to learn the secret of EXISTENCE? find out more


    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 200 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 cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More


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  • Brin's advice for new writers
  • Brin reviews sci fi films — including The Postman
  • a compilation of great sf books to read
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  • science fiction that teaches
  • nonfiction explorations

  • The Transparent Society
  • privacy, security, accountability and transparency
  • designing and crafting our amazing 21st Century
  • predicting and projecting our near and far future
  • leading and following our politics and economy
  • keeping track of changes in science and technology
  • scanning our sky for habitable (inhabited?) worlds
  • an ornery, contrary blog, and other insightful rants!

    Do not enter if you want a standard "Party" line! Contrary Brin's community pokes at too-rigid orthodoxies, proposing ideas and topics that fascinate and infuriate.

    wormholes

    A few spacetime anomalies and side-trips, for your entertainment.

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    endorsements and recommendations

    Rob H. Bedford, SFFWorld.com

    "I would consider Existence to be a triumphant, epic Science Fiction novel on many levels. It stayed with me after I set it aside for the day, continues to simmer in my mind now that I've finished reading it, and has opened up a gateway to Brin's novels I'd wanted to enter for a while. Brin achieved an excellent gestalt of character, big ideas, and narrative energy."

    Stewart Blandón

    Brin has lectured worldwide on topics as diverse as Ecology, Information Technology, Twenty-first Century extrapolation, Spaceflight, and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligent Life. He serves on government and non-government advisory committees dealing with the future "information age".

    Alex Good, TheStar.com

    "The fiction of David Brin is informed by a central recurring theme as well, in his case the operation of various kinds of evolution: organic and synthetic, directed and undirected, fast and slow. This interest in dynamic change feeds into his vision of SF as an essentially optimistic form: not because he believes in “progress” but because he believes in the ability of humankind to improve its condition."

    J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley

    "If enough people read Brin's book [The Transparent Society], or are brushed by the currents of thought in represents, then it may turn into a self-negating prophecy: a warning of dystopia that by virtue of the horror it paints helps avoid that horror. That was the function of George Orwell's 1984. That is an honorable role for anyone's book."

    final thoughts ...

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    on speaking out

    "Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in a democracy." — David Brin

    "For every good idea, ten thousand idiotic ones must first be posed, sifted, sniffed, tried, and discarded. A mind that's afraid to toy with the ridiculous will never come up with the brilliantly original." — Orbit interview 2002, reprinted by SFF World

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