DAVID BRIN's video interviews, speeches and talks

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.

speaking & consulting pages

  • public speaking and consulting information
  • a list of past speeches and consultations
  • a calendar of upcoming appearances
  • media appearances and projects
  • popular topics
  • Email DAVID BRIN (info@davidbrin.com) to inquire about availability and booking.
  • activities & interviews

  • DAVID BRIN's newest books
  • Brin's latest news and activities
  • links to print interviews
  • podcast interviews
  • for publicists & backgrounders

  • information about DAVID BRIN
  • Brin's presskit and complete biography
  • traditional media and social media
  • Brin quotes and frequently asked questions

  • video interviews, speeches and talks

    Brin speaks at YouAccel

    what's new for 2050?

    At the YouAccel career and learning network, David Brin describes the industries of 2050 — our grandchildrens' career choices.

    Dr. Brian Keating

    a coronavirus conversation

    Physicist Dt. Brian Keating speaks with physicist Dr. David Brin about, among other topics, the less-than-science-fictional aspects of the coronavirus: What if there is more to this virus than meets the eye? We already know that corona viruses are not like the flu. Flu stays in business by mutating rapidly, every year, forcing new kinds of vaccines to be developed.

    no more surprise attacks?

    What's the solution to rapidly advancing threat horizons? At the US Army TRADOC 'Mad Scientist' conference, David Brin asserts that the key may be to anticipate threats — but we can't, so we must become more resilient.

    David Brin at UC Riverside

    the merits and hazards of extrapolation

    Science fiction authors poke at the universe using their prefrontal lobes... the seat of the thought experiment. So if you want to test your ability as a writer, to keep the action and interest and intellect and empathy all going at the same time, while building a world and dealing with ideas and issues — you're pretty much behooved to write science fiction as an alternative to cynicism and zero-sum thinking.

    the re-inventors

    the second era of humans in space

    David led an amazing roundtable of people working both inside and outside NASA, including Geoffrey Landis, Chris McKay, Rusty Schweickart, and Ariel Waldman, as they roughed out some of the ambitious new goals that could animate this next era in space, ranging from mining asteroids, to setting up solar energy stations in orbit, to exploring for life in the roofed water worlds of our solar system.

    Brin at Singularity Summit

    talking to our worst adversaries

    David's Singularity Summit talk in New York notes we have reached a stage in our technology where we are making gods and asks — will that bother anyone?

    Predicting the Future of SF

    predicting the future with sf

    Is there no way we know what the future is going to be like? In this Fast Forward video, Brin describes how science fiction designs thought experiments to make educated guesses.

    envisioning the starship era

    writing the starship era

    When (and how) will we develop starships capable of exploring beyond our solar system? This is one of many questions explored by David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Jon Lomberg, and moderator Gregory Benford at the Clarke Center's fiction writers panel at UCSD.

    UCSD alumni science fiction writers

    is it the gliderport?

    Explore the mystery of why UCSD has cultivated more science fiction writers than any other university of our time with alumni David Brin, Nancy Holder, Kim Stanley Robinson, Vernor Vinge, and Gregory Benford.

    David Brin's speech at Bard College

    what do we do when we lose our privacy?

    Watch this speech delivered at Bard College's Hannah Arendt Center. Brin notes that wanting to preserve privacy is only the beginning: We look for Big Brothers in government and universities and corporations yet fail to see the ones living next door.

    David Brin at Confidentiality 2020

    can we keep secrets anymore?

    This roundtable at the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) and the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center discusses the dramatically-reduced cost of collecting and sharing information. It has become easier to track what companies and governments are doing; whistleblowers and malicious hackers alike can disseminate huge quantities of confidential information. Are we seeing an inevitable trend towards transparency? Or will companies, organizations and governments find ways to lock down their networks?

    World of Watson

    searching for big-picture AI

    In this talk, "Will Artificial Intelligence occur by design, evolution, accident... or at all?" given to the 'braniacs' at World of Watson: IBM conf, in Las Vegas, Brin asks: given all the critical problems we need to solve very soon — on land, in the upper atmosphere, and in our seas — will we create the artificial intelligences we will need?


    did we make a 'bargain'?

    David Brin's second short screenplay submission, Diaspora, was selected as the Los Angeles Feedback Film Festival's "Best Short Screenplay" for January. His first submission, "Bargain," won the Festival's one-page Screenplay Contest in December. Both scripts are performed and posted online. Watch Bargain and Diaspora on YouTube.

    where will we be in 40 years? video

    where will we be in 40 years?

    In this YouTube video, two renowned futurists, David Brin and John Smart, discuss what inventions and adventures await us in the next 40 years.

    Sci Fi & Cinema: Should Movies include Civilization?

    want to make a more exciting book or movie?

    What criteria do you use to judge whether or not you like a movie or novel? We all have our standards, considering issues such as story-telling, consistency of plot, whether the work is dramatic enough, whether the characters seem plausible or believable. But there’s one you never hear mentioned, civilization, the context within which we all live. It’s what we depend upon for our daily life, our food, our electricity.Indeed, the assumption that civilization is useless dominates most films, because it makes it easy to put your hero in pulse-pounding jeopardy.

    Continue reading more video interviews, speeches, and talks.

    newest book releases

    Best of David Brin

    Best of David Brin

    David Brin has thrilled readers in almost thirty languages by presenting vastly imaginative — and well-grounded — challenges set in times that might yet come... along with a sometimes razor-thin hope we’ll persevere. In this major retrospective collection of shorter work, gathered from across an extraordinary career spanning decades, you’ll find wonder via David Brin’s unparalleled talent at imagination, extrapolation, hard headed optimism, and plain old fun.
    Find out more, or purchase Best of David Brin as a special limited collectible hardcover or Kindle ebook. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    Castaways of New Mojave

    Castaways of New Mojave

    Teens and their teachers were stunned when the alien Garubis yanked Twenty-Nine Palms High School right out of California’s Mojave desert, plopping it into a jungle many light years away. It was supposed to be a “gift” — a new settlement for humanity. But tell that to Mark, Alexandra, Barry and Sophie when strange parasites attack... and they don’t know what to eat... and the island of Earth-buildings runs out of water! Then, strange tool-users are spotted in the forest. Are the Garubis back? Or is this some other alien menace?
    Find out more, or purchase Castaways of New Mojave as a paperback or Kindle ebook. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    Vivid Tomorrows

    Vivid Tomorrows

    Can science fiction — especially sci-fi cinema — save the world? It already has, many times. And it’s not been all dire warnings. While optimism is much harder to dramatize than apocalypse, both large and small screens have also encouraged millions to lift their gaze, contemplating how we might get better, incrementally, or else raise grandchildren worthy of the stars. Come along with legendary science fiction author and astrophysicist David Brin on a quirky quest for unusual insights into the power of forward-looking media.
    Find out more, or purchase Vivid Tomorrows as a paperback. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    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


    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

    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.

    Questions? Concerns? Email DAVID BRIN at mail@davidbrin.com


    facebook followers and fans

      join me on Facebook


    twitter followers

      join me on Twitter


    quora followers

      join me on Quora

    get on the Brin newsletter!

    DAVID BRIN newsletter sign-up

    subscribe to David Brin's newsletter and keep up to date on his books, signings and appearances

    pinterest boards

    DAVID BRIN Pinterest

    share David Brin's pins from these Pinterest boards and share the word about science and science fiction

    other points of contact

    visit other pages on this website

    pages about DAVID BRIN

  • latest news and activities
  • information about DAVID BRIN
  • public speaking and consulting & popular topics
  • speaking/consulting references and testimonials & a list of past appearances
  • print and podcast interviews
  • video interviews and talks
  • Brin's presskit and complete biography
  • traditional media and social media
  • Brin quotes and frequently asked questions
  • pages about BRIN's science fiction

  • Brin's novels and books
  • Brin's short stories and novellas
  • all about Brin's uplift universe
  • a selection of book reviews
  • Brin's special-order books for sale
  • Brin's advice for new writers
  • Brin reviews sci fi films — including The Postman
  • a compilation of great sf books to read
  • recommended sf films
  • science fiction that teaches
  • BRIN's nonfiction explorations

  • 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