DAVID BRIN's speaking references and recommendations

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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NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

"What a great visit. You got a great audience for a summer talk. We are getting wonderful comments from folks who enjoyed meeting you and hearing you. You managed to get some folks to think fresh about a number of things."
Dr. Ken Carpenter

Crown College, UC Santa Cruz

"One of the best-ever commencement addresses. David, Thank you again for speaking at our Commencement. I learned immensely from our conversations, and our various guests had a wonderful time with you. So did the parents and graduates at Commencement."
Manel Camps, Provost

"Sensors/Sensing" Annual Review

"Thanks for the outstanding presentation... It was by all accounts the most successful review ever, due in significant measure to your contribution."
Dean Robert W. Conn, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering (c/o Kelly Briggs)

Apache Software Foundation

"I'd like to thank you again for a most excellent keynote. I thought that your concept of the 'Maturity Principle' (which I first read in your book) was an excellent analogy of open source technology and the members seemed genuinely inspired!"
Ken Coar and Jim Jagielski

Santa Barbara Writers Conference 2017

"David, What a brilliant and inspiring talk. I loved your animation and meaning. We were so honored to have you with us tonight."
Grace Rachow, Director

GE Global Research

"David. Thanks again for your wonderful contributions to our GE Whitney Symposium. Much stimulated discussion ensued!"
Martha M. Gardner, Ph.D., Chief Scientist

"a certain intelligence agency"

"Thanks again for your talk at our place. We've been leaning heavily on the ideas, especially strengthening our partnership with the citizenry to build resilience in our society. As ISIS and other groups leverage "super-empowered angry young men" to crowdsouce terrorism, we want to find a way to crowdsouce a response, or even better, a (metaphorical) vaccine against radicalization."

Improbable Ltd., London

"David, thank you so much for sparing the time not only to join us over the last two days, but also in giving a masterful introduction. Throughout, I had your words of tolerance, diversity, and eccentricity foremost in my mind. More than that, I was grateful to hear someone remind us, particularly the entertainers, of how our communities often come to the aid of neighbours in need. That's much more of the world I want to live and imagine."
Oliver Lewis, VP of Development.

Cloud Computing Conference

"David, thank you for an engaging and thought-provoking presentation. I heard nothing but praise for your presentation and numerous comments about various points you raised."
Chuck Brown

IBM's World of Watson

"David, thanks for a great gig last week at IBM’s World of Watson event in Las Vegas. All of the feedback has been really positive. Your presentation — and the book signing — were terrific. Thanks for being so great to work with, on-stage and off, & for doing an excellent job! Hope to do this with you again soon!
Mark Felix, Director/Drury Entertainment Group

Facebook Headquarters

"It was a great honor to have you speak on campus. I am a huge fan of your books, and you did not disappoint in person. You achieve a rare combination of originality, intellectual rigor, and fun."
Steven Young

Bard College

"I would like again to thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and the energy you brought to Bard during your time as our first National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Fellow. You went above and beyond expectations. I greatly enjoyed and appreciated your efforts and your willingness to engage students for hours and hours. The openness and fun you bring to big questions is infectious. I hope many took solace in not only your ideas but your approach of addressing future challenges with guarded, can-do optimism."
Roger Berkowitz, Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities

The Atlantic Council

"Thank you for committing to spending the time supporting the Atlantic Council's project once again. You're a great role model as a mentor and as a writer (an admirable combination)."
August Cole

Innovation Outreach Program

"Please accept my thanks — and those of the IOP community — for making time to join us this week in Amsterdam and for your fine presentation. Your speaker evaluations were quite favorable, in the "world class" range. Another indicator of excellence was the number of times your session was referenced, either by subsequent speakers or by the attendees during discussion times. On behalf of our member companies, we're very grateful for your outstanding contribution to the success of the event."
Joel Nagy, Director


"David, you were referred to frequently after you had to leave the Boeing 2016 100th anniversary conference. Many later presenters quoted you. Your participation was very stimulating and highly valued."
Glen Hiemstra


"David, thanks again for this year's CTO creativity challenge exercise. In this case, the results are going to be much more long lasting than just being "a show"!"
Larry Smarr, Director

SEA-VR Conference

"An amazing and on-target talk to our SEA-VR conference, David. Our attendees could not stop talking about it."
Tom Furness ("Father of virtual and augmented reality")

International Association of Privacy Professionals

"I just wanted to reiterate my thanks for your keynote and participation on my panel discussion last week. Man, I had fun, and we've been receiving ecstatic feedback from symposium participants! Let's do this again."
Sam Pfeifle

National Intelligence Council

"Dear David, thank you for everything — your support, ideas, and participating in the NIC quadrennial forecast, "Global Trends: Paradox of Progress." Your generosity in time, smarts, and elbow grease as well as patience and good humor helped us continue the NIC tradition of ever-more sophisticated futures analysis."
Suzanne E. Fry, Director, Strategic Futures Group

The Atlantic Council

"Thank you so much for your remarks at the Atlantic Council's Disrupting Defense: Dynamic Security in an Age of New Technologies conference staged by the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Your plea for government to take the citizenry into account in all of its actions was well-received and very important. Further, your discussion of America's ability to anticipate the next war, but not coming surprises, was an insightful contribution. We were honored you were able to come to Washington early to share your thoughts with us."
Barry Pavel, Director: Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Oregon State University

"David, your mini-residency at Oregon State exceeded all our expectations. You worked hard and thrilled every class and audience, in every subject."
Charles Robinson, Professor

"Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe"

"David, thank you for letting us interview you! Your insights added a great deal to the show, as you can see from how often we put you on-screen. I hope the show finds you a ton of new readers. Please thank your family for letting us invade your home. It was an honor to work with you. I hope we have a chance to work together or talk in the future."
Sean Sakomoto, Producer of the History Channel show

The 451 Group

"Thank you again for speaking at Uptime Institute Symposium. The feedback on your presentation to 1,000+ attendees was outstanding and I personally found both the presentation, and our conversation at the reception, very stimulating."
Bill Rock

University of California, San Diego

"After one day of recuperation from the big event I want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU so much for the powerful speech you gave at the SME Inauguration. We had lots of very positive feedback. Everyone I talked to was excited by your fascinating and stimulating remarks!"
Frieder Seible, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering

CSU Northridge

"Simply a fantastic presentation, David. You had us all spellbound in the tornado of unexpected ideas."
Mark Stover, Dean


"David, your company-wide was very well-attended and generated animated discussion of the wide-ranging ideas. Come back soon."
Curtis Wong, Principal, Interface Development

Future in Review Conference

"David, you did an AMAZING job on this year's CTO challenge!"
Sharon Anderson, Executive Director

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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'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 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 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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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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