DAVID BRIN's public speaking & consulting appearances

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.

This page contains a list of more than 300 of David Brin's past speeches, appearances, conferences and meetings.

public appearances

DAVID BRIN's 2007 appearances

2007 appearances

  • "Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0" Salk Institute (11/2007)
  • Dinner at the Library: fundraising Gala speaker, Geisel University Library, UCSD (9/2007)
  • International Science Fiction Summit, Beijing China (8/2007)
  • International Conference on Science Fiction, Chengdu China (8/2007)
  • Guest of Honor at World Science Fiction Convention, Yokohama Japan (8/2007)
  • Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop (7/2007)
  • USD & Fleet Center speech (7/2007)
  • Qualcomm Corporate Speaker Series and consulting (7/2007)
  • Institute for the Future "Technology Horizons" keynote, La Jolla (6/2007)
  • Future in Review (FiRe) Conference speaker ( 4th year) and "ArchiTech" facilitator (5/2007)
  • "Managing Change" San Diego Rotary Club (3/2007)
  • Uplift Academy "Good Ancestor" workshop on future philanthropy (2/2007)
  • Collective Intelligence Networks Summit Los Angeles (2/2007)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2006 appearances

    2006 appearances

  • Anonymizer.com Corporate Strategy Meeting keynote, Ranch Santa Fe (10/2006)
  • Caltech Alumni Forum La Jolla (10/2006)
  • Google corporate-wide "Tech-Talk" Mountain View, CA (10/2006)
  • "Architecture and the Future" Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) corporate meeting (10/2006)
  • "Alternate Futures" workshop, US Air Force Research Labs, Los Angeles (8/2006)
  • Strong Angel, Homeland Defense Exercise, San Diego (8/2006)
  • "Predictability in a Nonlinear Future" International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston (6/2006)
  • "Thwarting an Evil Genius" Defense Threat Reduction Agency workshop, Washington DC (6/2006)
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry, San Diego Conference (3/2006)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2005 appearances

    2005 appearances

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Las Vegas (10/2005)
  • "Our Sustainable Future" Enviro Fair, Del Mar, CA (9/2005)
  • NASA Conference on Exobiology, NASA Ames Research Center (8/2005)
  • "Preventing Terrorism at Soft Targets" Sandia National Laboratory, (7/2005)
  • Honoring Ray Bradbury, Santa Barbara Writers' Conference (6/2005)
  • "Real Science Fiction in Movies" Hollywood Writers' Salon, Marina Del Rey (6/2005)
  • "Human Rights, Technology & the Humanities" UC Irvine Conference (5/2005)
  • "Enterprise Pitfalls & Opportunities in the Information Age" MIT Enterprise Forum Panel, La Jolla, CA (4/2005)
  • Service Industry Association, dinner speaker at Hotel Coronado (3/2005)
  • Company brainstorm speaker, CDM Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (3/2005)
  • "Using Art for Science Education" American Astronomical Society Panel (1/2005)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2004 appearances

    2004 appearances

  • "Technology Empowering Education" Project Inkwell (11/2004)
  • "Horizons of Perception in an Era of Change" Accelerating Change 2004, Stanford (11/2004)
  • Danish IT Security Council, Danish Open Source Vendors Association, and Internet Society, Copenhagen (11/2004)
  • 40th anniversary of Free Speech Movement keynote address, UC Berkeley (10/2004)
  • Imation Inc. Patent Recognition Banquet keynote speech, Minneapolis (10/2004)
  • Swissnex debate on human augmentation, San Francisco (10/2004)
  • "On the future of environmentalism" Global Solutions Institute, Seattle (10/2004)
  • Pacific Northwest Digital Government Summit (6/2004)
  • Strategic News Service FiRe (Future in Review) Conference, Coronado (5/2004)
  • Conference on Anonymity, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C. (5/2004)
  • Odin Award recipient/speaker, San Diego Writers and Editors Guild (4/2004)
  • CONTACT Conference on Cultures of the Imagination (3/2004)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2003 appearances

    2003 appearances

  • "Keeping Reading Relevant" California Librarians Association keynote, Ontario CA (11/2003)
  • "21st Century Fables: Can We Learn to See Well?" The Skeptic Society, Caltech, Pasadena CA (11/2003)
  • "21st Century politics" DLC and Progressive Policy Institute speech & consultation, Macinac MI (9/2003)
  • National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Conference, Scottsdale AZ (9/2003)
  • Dinner speaker, IPv6 Conference (6/2003)
  • Graduation speech, Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD (6/2003)
  • Book Expo, Los Angeles (5/2003)
  • FIRe Future in Review Conference, Hotel del Coronado (5/2003)
  • "Adding action to thought and vice versa" Arizona Book Festival (4/2003)
  • "Philanthropy in the future" UCSD Foundation Trustees (3/2003)
  • "The future of augmented reality" MIT Media Lab (2/2003)
  • "Legal ramifications of transparency" Harvard University Law School seminar (2/2003)
  • LANSCE Workshop, Los Alamos National Labs (1/2003)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2002 appearances

    2002 appearances

  • Border Research & Technology Center, San Diego (12/2002)
  • Association of Biotechnology Finance Officers, San Francisco (6/2002)
  • Utopiales: International Conference on the Future, Nantes France (10/2002)
  • Minneapolis ACM Computer Human Interface Conference keynote speech (4/2002)
  • BIOCOM San Diego Biotech Industry Breakfast Meeting (3/2002)
  • "Biosensors/Bioterror" SAIC Conference, Del Mar CA (2/2002)
  • "Intelligence: Artificial & Otherwise" Microsoft Speakers' Program (2/2002)
  • "Sensors/Sensing" UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Annual Review keynote address (2/2002)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2001 appearances

    2001 appearances

  • "The Digital Divide: Japanese & American Perspectives" Washington DC (12/2001)
  • National Academies of Science, President's Circle keynote speech (11/2001)
  • "Accountability Systems" University of Michigan (11/2001)
  • Privacy/Security Symposium, Zurich, Switzerland (11/2001)
  • "Danger and Individualism" University of Chicago (11/2001)
  • Global Privacy Summit, Plaza Hotel, New York (11/2001)
  • WebDevShare Conference, Indiana University (10/2001)
  • National Reconnaissance Office (8/2001)
  • Defense Information Systems Agency (8/2001)
  • American Library Association Freedom of Speech keynote address (6/2001)
  • Apache Conference on Open Source Software Movement (4/2001)
  • Qualcomm motivational-innovation speech (4/2001)
  • William Saroyan Literary Conference keynote speech (3/2001)
  • "Future of Philanthropy" Forum of Associations of Grantmakers (2/2001)
  • DAVID BRIN's 20th century appearances

    20th century appearances

  • Democratic National Convention Privacy Teach-in (2000)
  • Library of Congress Speaker Series (2000)
  • SAP TechEd 2000 keynote speech, Las Vegas (2000)
  • "Out of the Box" Pentagon-Potomac Institute Brainstorm keynote address (2000)
  • Procter & Gamble Innovation 2000 trade show keynote speech (2000)
  • World Bank International Conf. on Credit Reporting (2000)
  • Internet Everywhere Summit, San Francisco (2000)
  • Bar Assoc. Conference on Alternative Dispute Resolution (2000)
  • "1984: Orwell & Our Future" U.Chicago Law School (1999)
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (1999)
  • Institute for the Future: Outlook Project Exchange (1999)
  • California First Amendment Coalition keynote address (1999)
  • Decision Makers 2000, Frankfurt Germany (1999)
  • Economic Crime Summit keynote speech, Orlando (1999)
  • Privacy Briefing for Congressional Staff (1999)
  • Planetary Society, Planet-Fest (1999)
  • Economic Crime Conference keynote address (1999)
  • Card-Tech ID Technology Gathering (1998)
  • Communication Tech & Society Conference, Cato Institute (1998)
  • Space Frontier Conference keynote speech (1998)
  • Government Communications/Info Officers' Summit (1998)
  • TTI/Vanguard '98 Conference: Security & Information (1998)
  • L.A. Junior Chamber of Commerce (1998)
  • LaBatt Corporation Executive Retreat (1998)
  • Defense Department Highlands Group (1998)
  • TED-MED (1998)
  • Microsoft Lecture Series (1998)
  • California School Library Association keynote speech (1998)
  • Future of Medicine Conference (1998)
  • Supercomputing Conference (1997)
  • The Planetary Society (1997)
  • California Institute of Technology (1997)
  • Sandia National Laboratories (1997)
  • Rutgers University School of Information Science (1997)
  • University of Michigan School of Information Science (1997)
  • MENSA Regional Gathering (1997)
  • United Nations Association keynote address (1997)
  • Oregon Psychological Society keynote speech (1997)
  • Southern California Academy of Science (1997)
  • American Library Association(1997)
  • Library & Information Technology Association (1997)
  • International Association of Film Commissioners (1997)
  • Society of Science Educators (1997)

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    a brief intro to science fiction author DAVID BRIN

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    DAVID BRIN author


    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


    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

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    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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