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Existence by David Brin
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So far...hardcore sci-fi in the best way possible...tons to feast your mind on, so much complexity (and tiny print) that at times you just have to stop and sit for awhile to take it all in. Not the kind of book, though, you can afford to read if you don't have some time to commit to it. There are points in the novel when I'm tempted to put a stop it all, but there's something about Existence that just won't let go...
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
60 pages in and there's only been like 5 pages related to the summary. I quit. ( )
  shorte | Feb 26, 2018 |
Riding rockets as a sport, childish. Implausible storyline. Didn't get past 10 pages. ( )
  Kevin678 | Nov 7, 2017 |
Like many of Mr. Brin's books, I have problems classifying this with a single numeric score.
On the plus side, he explores a LOT of fascinating ideas and follows them through to show how they evolve and interact with society (and each other).
On the negative side, sometimes he tends to get a bit 'talky', and loses the momentum. This is alleviated, to some extent, by his considerable skill as an author, but in truth the book does drag in places.
So, overall I heartily recommend the book to anyone who likes to explore new ideas and have their minds stretched. But be warned that it is a physically thick book, and at times the prose gets a bit slow. Overall, I liked it rather a lot. ( )
  briangreiner | Sep 16, 2017 |
Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  mbernardi | Dec 9, 2016 |
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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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In a future world dominated by a neural-link web where people can tune into live events and revolutions can be instantly sparked, an active alien communication device is discovered in orbit around the Earth, triggering an international upheaval of fear, hope and violence.… (more)

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