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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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    coronavirus & humanity

    On April 2, 2020 acclaimed science fiction authors David Brin, Kevin J. Anderson, and Ramez Naam appeared on the "" 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.

    rebuilding after coronavirus

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Hosted by Dr. David Bray of the Atlantic Council: A conversation with internationally recognized author and scientist Dr. David Brin and noted public policy professor and expert Dr. Kathryn Newcomer on the technologies, investments, and policy actions that could help us on a global scale.

    the future of privacy policy

    飞艇没开奖怎么办As technology advances, there will be no hiding from surveillance. What we should instead fight for is transparency: the watchers must feel just as exposed as the watched. AE Ideas, a public policy blog issued by the American Enterprise Institute, asks: What will mean when applied to the government versus the increasingly powerful tech titans?

    outrage fatigue?

    In this episode of David discusses our culture’s addiction to self-righteous indignation, how we engage in 'ritual combat' over ideas, and possible ways out, such as setting up disputation arenas to debate issues — and more.

    let's surveil the surveilers

    One response to stepped-up surveillance is a stepped-up effort to hide from it — more laws regulating , and more funds devoted to encryption and other privacy-protecting resources. But while this approach reflects the right instincts, it is insufficient. Especially as technology advances, there will be no hiding from surveillance. What we should instead fight for is transparency: the watchers must feel just as exposed as the watched.

    space, astronomy, alien life and AI, oh my!

    runs an interesting interview podcast series. This one with David Brin covers a wide range, from his education at Caltech and UCSD and how he started writing fiction to where he imagines "things" heading.

    science fiction in the genes!

    Check out daughter Ari Brin's iTunes podcast , broadcasting live out of JAM Radio in Dundee, Scotland. Her episodes "explore" sci fi tropes and themes — where it's been, where it could go — including an episode reading David's short story, "."

    it’s exhausting — and addictive

    Are we, as a nation, ? That's the question posed by the To the Best of Our Knowledge podcast interview of David's essay, "Addicted to Self-Righteousness?"

    podcasting @ Mars

    Planetary Radio podcasts — Gregory Benford, David Brin, Geoffrey Landis and Larry Niven — about terraforming Mars, the origin of life, the drive to explore and more.

    where is my privacy?

    Co-editors David Brin and Stephen Potts were about Chasing Shadows. Among the questions posed: what happens in a society without privacy?

    can sf writers prevent nuclear war?

    : "Catherine Asaro and David Brin are both science fiction writers. They’ve also both advised the US government on challenges society could someday face. Reporter Daniel Gross recently spoke to them about their jobs."

    predicting — inventing! — the future

    In this Bloomberg RealClear Radio Hour interview with , David Brin explores how science fiction can improve the future, by helping us chart technological dangers to avoid and promising goals to pursue.

    the note show

    Brin talks about the power of sci fi to create self-preventing prophecies on . The host seemed pleased, despite hardly getting a word in! Also available on and .

    partially examined living

    David Brin participated in a podcast radio panel discussion about Philosophy(!) on the show with some very smart co-panelists. All sorts of implications of SETI, the Fermi Paradox, transparency, humanity, life, the universe... and almost everything.

    next-gen futurism

    For a — though mostly focusing on transparency and accountability and re-learning the art of pragmatism — here's a podcast interview Brin gave about the future of freedom.

    author stories

    David Brin joins writer Hank Garner for , where they talk about: Why authors should first write a murder mystery, moving the plot along in science fiction stories, writing believable stories with believable characters... and more.

    finding quicksand

    飞艇没开奖怎么办In this interview, Dan Faggella talks with David about fiction's unique role in helping humanity find a beneficial future — a job done in large part by pointing out what we want to avoid most.

    overlordzing robotz

    The Robot Overlordz guys had David on their show for an about topics ranging from SETI to tech freedom to why Hollywood sci fi plots are so dumb.

    3 writers talk ... writing

    This podcast poses an hour's worth of to the great Sci Fi author Allen Steele, rising star Dan Haight, and David Brin.

    our newest civil war

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Here's an at a Portland restaurant... in which Brin explores the roots of today’s phase of the American Civil War.

    what's the point of thinking?

    The brainiac philosophers at "A Partially Examined Life" have posted both the and their .

    space for enlightenment

    Here's an interview David Brin gave about SETI and space and maintaining a scientific civilization.

    is sci fi a good predictor?

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Does science fiction still influence or predict technological advances? Brin is one of several sages interviewed on this terrific-yet-too-brief about the ideas and influence of science fiction in creating the modern world.

    what about EXISTENCE?

    Here's a podcast interview David Brin did with about Existence.

    talking about ET

    Brin is the go-to guy on the topic of Extraterrestrial life. Here's a he gave to Tom Fudge of KPBS radio.

    getting our geeks on

    The interviewed Brin about everything from the future to politics to SETI to all the myriad ways that science fiction has either gone astray or else propelled our thoughts into new frontiers.

    Brin is dweebcasted

    Dweebcast is one of these joyfully-geeky mini-shows that celebrate tech optimism. In they ask Brin: "Hey, where are the hoverboards we were promised in Back to the Future?"

    the pirate hour

    David Brin spends an hour with the , discussing inventors, inventiveness, intellectual property, transparency — and Existence飞艇没开奖怎么办. "Brin's philosophy is refreshing because it projects meaning and understanding from thousands of years of human evolution and activity. Our conversation with him was insightful, funny and uplifting."

    getting wired

    WIRED Magazine for their popular "Geek's Guide to the Galaxy" podcast.

    the hero's role

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Kevin Tumlinson's interviews Brin for his 100th episode, about writing and the role of the hero.

    the point of inquiry

    David Brin talks with Chris Moony on the podcast, discussing the value of scientific inquiry and rational minds in creating a better world (or even a better novel!).

    can we rely on the kindness of crowds?

    Here's a podcast interview of David Brin one on the subject of "." Interesting sub-topics around the notion that creativity will open all sorts of new opportunities for all of us.

    ain't mythbehavin'

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Mythbehaving is a way-fun site filled with interesting podcast interviews and other goodies. David Brin — about science fiction, dystopias, augmented humans, science, movies, propaganda and so much more! Good for your daily commute.

    our reality tv president

    interviews Brin and Boise State University professor Justin Vaughn about how our cameras-everywhere culture is affecting the candidates, presidential campaigns and us.

    is there an ideal sci-fi protagonist?

    Catch of Roundtable Podcast飞艇没开奖怎么办, in which a number of top sci-fi authors were offered this particular challenge at a recent World Science Fiction Convention: "Describe your ideal protagonist." Providing short, pithy and fascinating answers were Elizabeth Bear, Alan Dean Foster, Howard Tayler, David Brin — along with many more.

    building future societies with transparency and freedom

    In this , Brin notes that sub-saharan tribeswomen today have better access to information via the Internet than world leaders did just a few decades ago. That’s huge — although it doesn’t make as entertaining news as terrorism or twerking, so few news agencies are talking about it.

    can we snapchat and forget it?

    飞艇没开奖怎么办On KCRW's "To The Point" Brin joined a panel of experts to discuss

    40 years from now

    interviews Brin about "The Nature of Existence."

    third millennium problem solving

    Can our civilization maintain its 200-year commitment to openness, transparency, accountability, and , or will a growing "relinquishment movement" fight back against the onrush of change?

    virtually speaking

    This podcast interview discusses transparency, security, privacy, surveillance and sousveillance.

    getting to the future

    chats with David Brin about science fiction's exploration of the future, by presenting gedankenexperiments飞艇没开奖怎么办, or thought experiments, as well as the notion of self-preventing prohecies.

    getting to existence

    David Brin talks with about his monumental new novel, Existence.

    getting science into science fiction

    NPR's interviews David and William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Virtual Light.

    science fiction is evolving

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Another episode interviews David and James Gunn and Michael Capobianco, where they discuss the art and evolution of Science Fiction.

    a singular interview

    飞艇没开奖怎么办David Brin talks with about science fiction, the singularity, Star Wars and Existence.

    our inevitable future

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Science and technology are converging to change the global game. Join David and Paul Rosenbloom to talk about . Will humanity survive and even thrive when the Singularity arrives?

    crowdfunding dreams

    David Brin is interviewed on about the idea that crowds can make smart decisions for society.

    getting into space

    飞艇没开奖怎么办In David Livingston's syndicated radio , Brin talks starships, asteroid mining, and bringing boldness back to our civilization.

    the world transformed

    David Brin joins P. J. Manney and Thomas McCabe to discuss . Our thinking is always subject to scrutiny and inspection, but perhaps never more urgently than now. If profound change truly is upon us, what assumptions must we avoid? What new ideas must we be ready to embrace? And what cherished "truths" must we be prepared to put away once and for all?

    40 years from now

    飞艇没开奖怎么办On NPR David Brin, a "San Diego Futurist," explores the nature of .

    listening to culture

    interviews author David Brin on transparency, reciprocal accountability, cyber-utopianism and the preservation of excitement in an age of cynicism.

    limits of understanding

    飞艇没开奖怎么办This "" podcast, featuring David and Paul Steinhardt (Endless Universe), touches up against the outer limits of cosmology, and through that brings up questions of limits on the imagination, the role of theology, and the end (and endings) of the universe.

    fanboys — gotta love 'em!

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Is it better to "go where no one has gone before" or "fly around a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away"? In this , podcast, David answer these burning questions and more.

    cheaters, transparency, and how ICOs avoid jail

    In this episode of , Brin tackles the crypto space and issues of state surveillance in an entirely different manner.

    getting creative

    飞艇没开奖怎么办Now live, Ed Willett's podcast at , where David Brin gives some of his best advice on writing science fiction to would-be best-selling authors!

    DAVID BRIN's podcasted stories

    Of course, Brin's novels and books are available as audiobooks. These short stories are also offered as podcasts. Enjoy the listen!



    part of my novel EXISTENCE

    "Aficionado" (read here or listen to the ) takes you on a wild rocket ride — the new sport of the super-rich in 2050. Hacker Sander is spoiled, temperamental and a champion rock-jock, expert at the game of Space War... till a crash landing throws him into lethal peril. His sole hope? A tribe of strangely savvy sea creatures, with a secret need of their own.

    Harlan Ellison reads Bubbles


    with Harlan Ellison

    The September 2011 issue Lightspeed Magazine飞艇没开奖怎么办 features an read by science fiction great Harlan Ellison: The "universe" is full of holes, emptiness, and Serena is stranded within that great emptiness. Will she spend eternity staring at unreachable galaxies strung at the fringes of monstrous cavities like flickers on the surface of a soap bubble?

    The Logs

    The Logs

    included in Insistence of Vision

    飞艇没开奖怎么办How to endure the unendurable? "The Logs" is a tale of survival in the harshest of conditions... in an isolated asteroid work camp. Hear daughter Ari Brin in the latest Novum podcast. It was originally included in (stories inspired by the vision of Gene Wolfe), ed. by J.E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett.



    a novella from the Uplift universe

    "Temptation" is also available as an . In it, a female dolphin on Jijo who must escape from two of her own kind and then penetrate a deeply dangerous ancient secret. The novella answers several unresolved riddles left over from Heaven's Reach.

    exciting new sf & fantasy for 2020

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    , by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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    , by Sarah J. Maas

    , by Suzanne Collins

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    , by Marc-Uwe Kling

    飞艇没开奖怎么办, by Ted Chiang

    (The Book of Dust, Book 2), by Philip Pullman

    , by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone


    newest book (and short story) releases

    The Ancient Ones

    The Ancient Ones

    just released for Amazon

    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飞艇没开奖怎么办 as a or . (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    Polemical Judo

    Polemical Judo

    just released for Amazon

    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 or . (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

    A Need for Heroes

    A Need for Heroes

    a free stand-alone story about courage

    His squad double-timed alongside a towering, aromatic, ornamental hedge, toward the sound of helicopters and the painful brilliance of searchlights. Perspiration loosened his grip on the stock, forcing him to hold his weapon tighter. His heartbeat quickened as they neared the scene of action. And yet, Roland felt certain he wasn't scared to die. No, he was afraid of screwing up.
    Read A NEED FOR HEROES here.

    Chasing Shadows

    Chasing Shadows

    newest anthology

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

    Insistence of Vision

    Insistence of Vision

    newest story collection

    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.



    newest novel

    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

    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.

    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 , and he was appraised as "#1 influencer" in of Artificial Intelligence influencers, brands & publications. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More

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    Howard Rheingold, author of The Virtual Community

    "David Brin is one of the few people thinking and writing about the social problems we are going to face in the near future as the result of new electronic media. The Transparent Society raises the questions we need to ask now, before the universal surveillance infrastructure is in place. Be prepared to have your assumptions challenged."

    praise for Earth

    "The struggle to save the planet gives Brin the occasion to recap recent global events: a world war fought to wrest all caches of secret information from the grip of an elite few; a series of ecological disasters brought about by environmental abuse; and the effects of a universal interactive data network on beginning to turn the world into a true global village."
    — Publishers Weekly

    praise for Existence

    "Science fiction fans were finally given what they crave: Real science explained and possible science dreamed, all wrapped up in an excellent story. After reading it, you feel like you've done an A-level and experienced a cultural event. Daring yet plausible, challenging yet rewarding, it raised the bar for grown-up alien contact sci-fi."
    The Sun飞艇没开奖怎么办 (UK) Best of 2012

    praise for The Postman

    "Brin slathers a sober and hard-edged landscape at one turn, and in the next pinpoints with pixel clarity the humanity all jumbled up in the epic action. On every page we see the dirty, lined, broken faces of hardscrabble existence, but we also see them light up at the simple gesture of receiving a piece of mail from a long-lost loved one. And we see mythopoesis right in our faces."

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    why we communicate

    "A hallmark of sanity is the courage to face even unpleasant points of view." — from Earth

    "It is simplistic to claim that secrecy is the root of all evil. But there is no evil that is not worsened by secrecy." — from The Transparent Society

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