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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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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 may have to stop what I'm reading and read this...I like Brin and saw him talk at a bookstore (Borderlands) a block away...
  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 |
Full of bright interesting ideas about the near future, mixed with alien colonization ideas. Very good read. First part of the book was really amazing, only the last few parts would ahve needed a bit more stitching together I think. ( )
  Guide2 | May 31, 2015 |
I am normally a fan of David Brin's work and in whole this book was good. However, there are a couple of problems that cause me to have reservations about it. First of all, I don't know how to categorize this book. In the beginning, this felt like near-future SF, with a tremendous emphasis on VR/internet personal technology, artificial intelligence and some spaceflight. By the middle, it felt like a prequel to his Uplift series. Then it morphed into a first contact novel. By the end, I wasn't sure which it was. Its certainly near-future, but was all the time spent on it in the beginning just to set the stage for a first contact book? The second problem was that it is tremendously difficult to get into. The first 300 pages are spent introducing 4 main characters - 2 of which turn out to not be main characters at all by the end, while one new character almost takes over. There's just so much in that first 300 pages that was hard to read. After that, the pace picked up, but I'm still not sure this book came to a satisfying conclusion, by then it felt like there was another book coming. It never did quite match up with Sundiver or the other Uplift books, almost as if Brin decided he needed to revise some of his technology in those books and this is how he decided to start on it. Overall I liked it, but mostly because I'm a big fan of the Uplift books. ( )
  Karlstar | Apr 10, 2015 |
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Epigraph
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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