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.

activities & interviews

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

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  • David Brin has railed for 20 years, all over DC and media, about our need for Resilient Systems that are robust enough to take shocks and ride them out. See this 2019 interview in ACM listing a dozen major ways that we have avoided simple preparations for the next "Minsky Moment."
  • David was interviewed about transparency, freedom and the future, with emphasis on India's ambitious Aadhaar Program to digitize all billion of the nation's people, by Factor Daily.
  • 2018

  • Thomson Reuters just published one of David Brin's best interviews about Artificial Intelligence and ways to get a "soft" singularity.
  • In the South China Morning Post, Brin discusses the secrets of a bright future.
  • 2017

  • David was interviewed for the Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco.
  • David Brin discusses "Civilization: A Pyramid or a Diamond?" in this MarketShadows interview.
  • 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.
  • 2016

  • This interview, posted on Futurism, is about writing science fiction, covering topics ranging from AI and apocalypse to the value, 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.
  • 2015

  • The Science Technology Future site interviewed Brin about "Star Wars on Trial — A Feudalistic Fantasia Pushing an Elitist Anti-Democratic Agenda."
  • 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.
  • San Diego's Union-Tribune, on exploring the solar system — and SETI.
  • The Union-Tribune again, asking about transparency and spying.
  • Extensive author profile and interview at HBS Author Spotlight.
  • Santa Barbara Independent, on expanding our notion of existence.
  • 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.
  • 2011

  • h+ Magazine has a feature on surveillance and sousveilance.
  • The science fiction and fantasy magazine Lightspeed online-published Brin's story "Bubbles," and included an author interview-discussion about it.
  • 2010

  • Nature Journal interviewed David about writing about science for a lay audience.
  • 2009

  • Science Fiction Musings, about writerly obsessions and other ODDysseys.
  • 2007

  • Discover Magazine, on David Brin's predictions for the future.
  • 2005

  • Here's a Writing World interview, on the genre of science fiction.
  • 2002

  • SFFworld.com interviewed Brin about how Kiln People portrays cloning and life extension.
  • Slawek Wojtowicz interviewed David on a writer's life.
  • 2000

  • An interview with Futurist.com about the future of philanthropy.
  • This CNNMoney interview asks about the business and political ramifications of public revelations about celebrities and other leaders — a much-discussed topic in The Transparent Society.
  • John Kenny interviewed David concerning science and the profession of writing.
  • Living Planet Magazine Interviewed Brin on environmentalism in science fiction.
  • 1999

  • The Horror Zine, a Q&A about technology... and life on other planets.
  • 1997

  • A Metroactive interview, looking for a contrarian solution to society's unmasking.
  • A second Metroactive interview, about his science fiction.
  • DAVID BRIN's video and audio interviews

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  • On April 2, 2020 acclaimed science fiction authors David Brin, Kevin J. Anderson, and Ramez Naam appeared on the "Breaking Banks" show to talk about how the Covid-19 crisis might affect humanity on a long term basis, looking out short-term and then 50 years from now.
  • 2019

  • Intellectual Explorers interviews David about our culture’s addiction to self-righteous indignation, how we engage in 'ritual combat' over ideas, and possible ways out.
  • AE Ideas, a public policy blog issued by the American Enterprise Institute, invited David for an interview. James Pethokoukis did a fine job focusing on matters of transparency, accountability and freedom.
  • Now live, Ed Willett's podcast at The Worldshapers, where David Brin gives some of his best advice on writing science fiction to would-be best-selling authors!
  • 2018

  • Listen to Brin's podcast interview on surveillance, transparency and the future of freedom, "The future of privacy policy," with James Pethoukis.
  • A compilation of David Brin videos, inclding reading chapters from Existence and discussing transparency and privacy.
  • 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 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.
  • 2014

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

  • 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.
  • In David Livingston's syndicated radio SPACE SHOW, Brin talks starships, asteroid mining, and bringing boldness back to our civilization.
  • Mythbehaving, Sci Fi, dystopias, augmented humans & more.
  • mendelspod.com talks about science & the "great delusion."
  • 2012

  • NEXT, our inevitable future.
  • KPBS, the nature of Existence.
  • Singularity weblog, about the Singularity.
  • Kickstarter, funding dreams and the wisdom of crowds.
  • Scott Sigler's Friday fix.
  • 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.
  • The Planetary Society, Existence.
  • 2011

  • The World Transformed, our thinking transformed.
  • Conspiracy Theories... oh my! Ten super-secret rules of conspiracy theories Part 1 & Part 2.
  • 2010

  • France 24 asks: What is our future?
  • 1999

  • NPR, on the science in science fiction.
  • 1997

  • NPR, on science fiction writing.

  • newest book (and short story) releases

    The Escape

    The Escape

    One of the oldest notions in fantasy is a hero's confrontation with the supernatural. Humans are forever pondering some way to change the hand they're dealt. From Gilgamesh and Odysseus to Faust and Daniel Webster, fascinating characters have tried arguing with fate or divine will... or the Devil. In the genre of "debating the devil," The Escape takes a hyper-modernist and rather science-fictional take on that theme, reshuffling the deck and challenging the Grand Order of Things.
    Find out more, start reading the first scene, or purchase The Ancient Ones as a paperback or Kindle ebook. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    The Ancient Ones

    The Ancient Ones

    Dr. Alvin Montessori is Human Advisor aboard the mostly demmie-crewed star cruiser Clever Gamble, orbiting above Oxytocin 41, a planet where something weird is going on. When the crew unreels a humungous hose down to the surface, their first contact team discovers a whole lot of 'somethings weird.' Life... death... and the living dead... will never be the same.
    Find out more, read the first 2 chapters, or purchase The Ancient Ones as a paperback or Kindle ebook. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    Polemical Judo

    Polemical Judo

    Are we in phase 8 of America’s 250 year civil war? If so, the Union's side has a problem with its generals, who keep getting lured into grunt-and-shove combat, on ground chosen by the other side. The possibility of using agility to win political battles — the energy, creativity, and jiu-jitsu dexterity that foot soldiers do best — never occurs to Democratic politicians or strategists.
    Find out more, read the first two chapters here, or purchase Polemical Judo as a trade paperback or Kindle ebook. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    Chasing Shadows

    Chasing Shadows

    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.
    Eminent critic Paul Di Filippo offers an insightful, thorough and positive appraisal of CHASING SHADOWS. Find out more or read "PRIVATE LIVES" here.

    Insistence of Vision

    Insistence of Vision

    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 or read "REALITY CHECK" and "TUMBLEDOWNS" here.



    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 or read "AFICIONADO," SHELTER OF TRADITION" and "SHORESTEADING" here.

    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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  • 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
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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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    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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