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Existence (edition 2012)

by David Brin

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Title:Existence
Authors:David Brin
Info:Tor Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 560 pages
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Existence by David Brin

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Molto complesso, ma in fin dei conti noioso.
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  mgiuntoni | Aug 25, 2016 |
Stimulating ideas about the long-scale future of humanity; the story's a bit choppy in order to explore the ideas. Many interesting characters. Going to think about this one for awhile. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jul 17, 2016 |
Nice story, though it was a bit hard to follow at the beginning. Not a big fan of creating new english vocabularies. ( )
  AllInStride | Apr 20, 2016 |
I truly admire Brin and have seen him speak promoting this book. He is a dear man. Found this book a bit of a slog as it did not rivet my attention the way _Earth_ or _Startide Rising_ did. These infernal in-between chapters provide background, but also provide the reader with a perfect opportunity to get fed up...Then, there's the issue of disappearing characters - couldn't Brin have given us some kind of closure with these folks? In the interests of writing a prequel of sorts, I think we have lost some cohesion. Otherwise, interesting ideas to think about - this is NOT your normal contact novel. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Wonderful. Should be required reading for all religious fundamentalists - their heads would explode trying to handle half the concepts here.

Boo to Tor for the ridiculous size of the paperback format - very hard to read/hold. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Those who ignore the mistakes of the future are bound to make them.

- Joseph Miller
Dedication
To "Tether Joe" Carroll, who spins real space lariats . . .
and
"Doc" Sheldon Brown, who teaches time travelers . . .

. . . and Ralph Vicinanza,
who helped many dreams and dreamers to thrive.
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what matters? do i? or ai? + the question spins
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I, AMPHORUM

The universe had two great halves.
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Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer - a message in a bottle, an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765303612, Hardcover)

Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

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Telepresence. Global security. Everyone watching everyone, all the time. Anything interesting draws a flash crowd of ten million eyes. One man in Afghanistan live-tweets a special forces attack, and the world tunes in. Revolutions coordinate online. And that's today! Tomorrow, you'll wear the Web, immersed in augemted overlays. Your aiware glasses will ID, name-tage, and tattle on each person you walk by, in a global village of ten billion souls.… (more)

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