David Brin

Summary

David Brin
David Brin at ACM CFP 2005dsc278c.jpg
Brin at an Association of Computing Machinery conference in 2005
Born
Glen David Brin

(1950-10-06) October 6, 1950 (age 71)
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of California, San Diego (1981), Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego (1978), M.S.
California Institute of Technology (1973), B.S.
OccupationNovelist, NASA consultant
Writing career
GenreScience fiction
Notable worksUplift series, The Postman, Earth, "The Transparent Society"
Scientific career
Fields
  • Astronomy
  • Exobiology
Institutions
ThesisEvolution of cometary nuclei as influenced by a dust component (1981)
Doctoral advisorD. Asoka Mendis
Websitedavidbrin.com
Signature
David Brin signature (cropped).jpg

Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and author of science fiction. He has won the Hugo,[1][2] Locus,[3][4][5] Campbell[6] and Nebula Awards.[7] His novel The Postman was adapted into a 1997 feature film starring Kevin Costner.[8]

Early life and education

Brin was born in Glendale, California in 1950. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in astronomy, in 1973.[9][10] At the University of California, San Diego, he earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering (optics) in 1978 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in astronomy in 1981.[11][12] From 1983 to 1986 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Space Institute, of the University of California, at the San Diego campus in La Jolla.[9]

Career

Brin is a 2010 fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.[13] He helped establish the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination (UCSD). He serves on the advisory board of NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group and frequently does futurist consulting for corporations and government agencies.

Brin consults and speaks for a wide variety of groups interested in the future, ranging from Defense Department agencies and the CIA to Procter & Gamble, SAP, Google and other major corporations. He has also been a participant in discussions at the Philanthropy Roundtable and other groups seeking innovative problem solving approaches.

Brin has a very active side career in public speaking and consultation. He appears frequently on science or future related television shows such as The Universe, Life After People, Alien Encounters, Worlds of Tomorrow.[citation needed] He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Science Fiction.[14]

Works

Most of Brin's fiction is categorized as hard science fiction, in that they apply some degree of plausible scientific or technological change as important plot elements. About half of Brin's works are in his Uplift Universe. These have twice won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Much of Brin's work outside the Uplift series focuses on the impact on human society of technology,[15] a theme which commonly appears in contemporary North American science fiction. This is most noticeable in The Practice Effect, Glory Season and Kiln People.

Brin's Jewish heritage is the source of two other strong themes in his works. Tikkun Olam ("repairing the world", i.e. people have a duty to make the world a better place) is originally a religious concept, but Brin, like many non-orthodox Jews, has adapted this into a secular notion of working to improve the human condition, to increase knowledge, and to prevent long-term evils. Brin has confirmed that this notion in part underscores the notion of humans as "caretakers" of sentient-species-yet-to-be, as he explains in a concluding note at the end of Startide Rising; and it plays a key role in The Uplift War, where the Thennanin are converted from enemies to allies of the Terragens (humans and other sapients that originated on Earth) when they realize that making the world a better place and being good care-takers are core values of both civilizations. Many of Brin's novels emphasize another element of Jewish tradition, the importance of laws and legality, whether intergalactic law in the Uplift series or that of near-future California in Kiln People but, on the other hand, Brin has stated that "Truly mature citizens ought not to need an intricate wrapping of laws and regulations, in order to do what common sense dictates as good for all".[16]

Bibliography

Fiction

The Uplift stories

The Uplift novels are:

  • Sundiver (1980), ISBN 0-553-13312-8
  • Startide Rising (1983), ISBN 0-553-23495-1 – Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1984;[17] Nebula Award winner, 1983[18]
  • The Uplift War (1987), ISBN 0-932096-44-1 – Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1988;[19] Nebula Award nominee, 1987[20]
  • The Uplift Trilogy (sometimes called the Uplift Storm trilogy):

Short stories:

  • "Aficionado" (1998) was first published as "Life in the Extreme" in Popular Science magazine, republished in the 2003 limited-edition collection Tomorrow Happens, and included in Brin's 2012 novel Existence. It is available on Brin's website. "Aficionado" takes place before the novels.
  • "Temptation" (1999) appeared in Robert Silverberg's anthology Far Horizons: All New Tales from the Greatest Worlds of Science Fiction and is set after the events in the Infinity's Shore.

Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe (2002), ISBN 978-0553377965 is co-written by Brin and Kevin Lenagh

High Horizon

  • Colony High (February 2021) ISBN 978-1953034526
  • Castaways of New Mojave (August 2021) 978-1956015126 – with Jeff Carlson

Other fiction

Stand-alone novels:

Graphic novels:

His short fiction has been collected in:

Other works by Brin include his addition to Asimov's Foundation Universe:

and his addition to Eric Flint's 1632-verse:

Brin designed the game Tribes, published in 1998 by Steve Jackson Games,[28] and wrote the storyline for the 2000 Dreamcast video game Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future.

Nonfiction

On-going:

Books:

  • Polemical Judo: Memes for our Political Knife-fight (2019) ISBN 978-1704368030
  • Star Wars on Trial: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (2006) ISBN 1-932100-89-X
  • The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? (1998) ISBN 0-7382-0144-8—won the Eli M. Oboler Award for intellectual freedom from the American Library Association
  • Extraterrestrial Civilization by Thomas Kuiper and Glen David Brin, (1989) ISBN 0917853385

Personal life

Brin currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and children.[citation needed] He has Polish Jewish ancestry, from the area around Konin. His grandfather was drafted into the Russian army and fought in the Russian-Japanese War of 1905.[29]

Honors and awards

References

  1. ^ 1984 Hugo Awards Archived 2007-12-25 at the Wayback Machine, Best Novel:Startide Rising by David Brin (Bantam, 1983), The Hugo Awards
  2. ^ Who's Getting Your Vote? Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, October 29, 2008, Reason
  3. ^ Startide Rising Archived 2009-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, Science Fiction & Fantasy Books, WWEnd
  4. ^ The Postman Archived 2009-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, Science Fiction & Fantasy Books, WWEnd
  5. ^ The Uplift War Archived 2009-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, Science Fiction & Fantasy Books, WWEnd
  6. ^ 1986: 1st - The Postman, David Brin Archived 2011-10-25 at the Wayback Machine, 2003: 2nd - Kiln People, David Brin, The John W. Campbell Memorial Award
  7. ^ "Nebula Award Winners: 1965 – 2011 Archived 2015-01-31 at the Wayback Machine". Section: 1983. Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. sfwa.org. "Best Novel: Startide Rising by David Brin". Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  8. ^ Jones, Fiona M (March 20, 2021). "David Brin: The Postman". Mythaxis Review. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "David Brin". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2018-02-01. Available online via Encyclopedia.com Archived 2018-02-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Caltech Commencement Program" (PDF). Caltech Campus Publications. June 8, 1973. p. 5. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 9, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  11. ^ "David Brin." St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers. New York: St. James Press, 1996. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2018-02-01.
  12. ^ Brin, Glen David (1981). Evolution of cometary nuclei as influenced by a dust component (Ph.D.). University of California, San Diego. OCLC 8067212 – via ProQuest.
  13. ^ "David Brin". ieet.org. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010.
  14. ^ Snider, Mike (November 3, 2013). "Funds sought for science fiction museum lift-off". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  15. ^ "David Brin on future societies of transparency and freedom". Future Thinkers. March 31, 2016. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017.
  16. ^ http://www.reformthelp.org/rights/moderation/goal.php Archived February 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "1984 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  18. ^ "1983 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  19. ^ "1988 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  20. ^ a b "1987 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  21. ^ "1996 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  22. ^ "1986 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  23. ^ "1985 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  24. ^ "1991 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  25. ^ "1994 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  26. ^ "2003 Award Winners & Nominees | Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award | WWEnd". Worldswithoutend.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  27. ^ "Forward | Graphic Novel". Forward.msci.org. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  28. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  29. ^ Wojtowicz, Slawek (2002). "DAVID BRIN REVEALED: A two-year-long interview with Slawek Wojtowicz". www.slawcio.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011.
  30. ^ The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1985. New York: Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc. 1985. p. 415. ISBN 0-911818-71-5.
  31. ^ Inkpot Award
  32. ^ "(5748) Davebrin". (5748) Davebrin In: Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer. 2003. p. 486. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_5421. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7.

External links

Interviews
  • Critical Resources :: David Brin
  • Interview with David Brin at SFFWorld.com(2002-07-19)
  • Interview with David Brin at Actusf.com
  • All of David Brin's audio interviews on the podcast The Future And You, in which he describes his expectations of the future
  • Metareview, Kiln/Kil'n People
  • Video of conversation between David Brin and James Pinkerton on Bloggingheads.tv
  • David Brin and Sheldon Brown on "Third Millennium Problem Solving" at Google. on YouTube
  • Alliance for Progress Encyclopedia, encyclopedia of David Brin's Uplift Universe