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Brightness Reef by David Brin
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Brightness Reef (1995)

by David Brin

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Series: Uplift Saga (4), Second Uplift Trilogy (1)

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This book takes place on an abandoned world intended to be natural and develop its own races, who would hopefully be available for uplift. A small population of each of six races, in turn, have landed small colonies on the world. Their intent is to devolve and be re-uplifted, and hopefully to avoid attention and possible punishment from the stellar community. Humans are one of the six.

These races have ancient antipathy for each other. And each brings unique skills and histories. They have overcome their differences, and their are pieces of culture of each that has worked its way into the others, yet they do maintain separate communities.

The story revolves around the arrival of a spaceship or renegade humans. Their intent is unknown, and seems sinister. They aren't an official envoy, so they shouldn't be here, either.

This story shows us a different side of each of the races, including the humans. It maintains its suspense on the invaders, and latent tension among the six races.

Unfortunately, this book mostly sets up the series and doesn't resolve much of anything. The story is interesting, and a must read if you're interested in the Uplift series. ( )
  Nodosaurus | May 4, 2014 |
Brin is an excellent writer, no matter that his cosmology and worldview is upwhacked. In particular, the Uplift series of books are especially inventive and entertaining. ( )
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
SIgned
  leewsftv | Nov 22, 2011 |
UPLIFT
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
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Gambino, FredCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Meister", fragte der Student, "das Universum ist so komplex, sicher hat der Schöpfer es doch nicht allein durch Willenskraft in Gang gesetzt.
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This was published as two books in Germany as Sternenriff and Fremder der fünf Galaxien.

This was published as two books in France as Rédemption - Le Monde de l'exil and Rédemption - Le Monde de l'oubli.

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Millennia ago the Five Galaxies decreed the planet Jijo off limits. But in the last thousand years six races have begun resettling Jijo, embracing a pre-industrial life to hide their existence from the Galactics. Overcoming their differences, the Six have built a society based on mutual tolerance for one another and respect for the planet they live on. But that has all changed with an event the Six have feared for hundreds of years: the arrival of an outside ship. Author David Brin has returned to his popular Uplift universe in this, the first book of a new trilogy.

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In the centuries after the planet Jijo is abandoned for the sake of restoring ecological balance, six different species secretly colonize the planet and live in ongoing fear of being discovered and punished by the Five Galaxy patrollers.

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