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Startide Rising by David Brin
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Startide Rising (1982)

by David Brin

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Series: Uplift Saga (2), First Uplift Trilogy (2)

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My fourth Brin and the best so far.

In Startide Rising, the viewpoint shifts between a fairly large cast of characters. Good guys, bad guys, and many others in between. As a result, it takes a few chapters to get your bearings. Once things start to fall into place however, the story really gets moving.

The scenario: In the future, humanity, after 'uplifting' first chimpanzees and dolphins to sentient status, have joined a galaxy-wide community - but their status is tenuous at best. All other known alien cultures, at some time in their own history, have been 'uplifted' by another race, thereby forcing them into indentured servitude to their 'sponsors' for a minimum of 100,000 years. Humans, because they uplifted other species before being discovered by the galactic community at large, are immediately considered a sponsor race and can therefore not be forced to serve others. As a result, a lot of aliens are angry at and offended by humans.

Now, a Terran starship - crewed mostly by neo-dolphins, a few humans, and a self-centered neo-chimpanzee - has made a momentous discovery. With an armada of ET ships hot on their tail, they barely escape immediate capture and, with a damaged ship, are currently in hiding on a metal-rich oceanic planet somewhere at the edge of the galaxy. As the enemy closes in, things go from bad to worse as disagreeing factions threaten to tear the crew apart. But the planet itself is an enigma that holds secrets that may help - if only the crew can hold it together and unravel the mystery in time.

The many tendrils of this story are slowly and inexorably drawn together. Brin weaves a unique and masterful tale that fully deserves the awards and accolades it received.

Highly recommended. ( )
  ScoLgo | Nov 17, 2014 |
Galactic society consists of Patron species who "uplift" pre-sentients. Enter Humans, who claim to be an evolved intelligence - heresy! War ensues. This and sequel "Uplift War" are terrific and original, series went on far too long after that. Prequel "Sundiver" is a great adventure yarn.
  Clevermonkey | May 29, 2014 |
So much potential, so poor execution. I can understand why this book won a Hugo award. The idea of the uplift is really cool. But the story just fell so flat. Plot was too slow - just seemed to drag on and on. Plot had too many "huh?" moments- holes in plot that don't make sense. Too many characters - makes it really hard to keep track of everyone. Too many one-dimensional characters- only the bad guys seemed to have any personality; all the good guys seemed like cardboard clones. Not sure I'll read another David Brin if this is representative. ( )
  aarondesk | Apr 10, 2014 |
Earthlings have raised chimps and dolphins to sapient status as they voyage to the stars. There are many other races however of patrons and clients - almost all are hostile to Earth. The earthlings discovers something of great value and the other races try to take it away from them. I enjoyed it and might read more in this series. ( )
  stuart10er | Sep 27, 2013 |
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David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written.  Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time.  Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race.  But the greatest mystery of all remains unsolved: who uplifted humankind?

The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed in the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history.  Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles armed rebellion and a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors, the fabled First Race who seeded wisdom throughout the stars.

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After crash-landing on an uncharted planet, the human and dolphin crew of a spaceship from Earth battle fleets of alien warships.

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