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Startide Rising by David Brin

Startide Rising (1982)

by David Brin

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

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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 |
This is the second book in David Brin's Uplift Saga. It provides a good introduction to the aliens and galactic politics.

In this story, a small ship, crewed by dolphis, a few humans, and a chimp, stumble across a fleet of derelict starships from a lost race. The prize is valued by many species, and the Earthling crew has to struggle for survival as the powerful races fight over the right to capture them to learn the fleet's location.

The characters are well developed, including a number of the bad guys who were interesting and creative. The personalities of the dolphins seemed appropriate and well though out. They have unique characteristics that makes them feel a bit alien yet very familiar to us.

There was one weak point that bothered me. One of the bad guys had to explain everything to a person he was about to kill. It felt a lot like a gimmick, ok, it was a gimmick. It was a message to the reader and a minor plot device. I expect better from good authors. This flaw did not really affect the reading in my opinion.

Overall the book moves at a good pace; the writing is good and the story inviting. The story has interesting politics and characters. It is a good read for anyone who mildly likes science fiction. ( )
  Nodosaurus | May 11, 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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