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Sundiver (1980)

by David Brin

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Series: First Uplift Trilogy (1), Uplift Saga (1)

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Mankind encounters conflicts among the inhabitants of the universe, as brave individuals prepare to journey into the boiling inferno of the sun.
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Good book, terrible cover.
  CatherineMachineGun | Jul 31, 2020 |
This is science fiction from 1980 and is therefore not obsessed with:
1) Computers.
2) Nanotech.
3) Wormholes.

This makes it rather refreshing. Instead this book uses an old theme, prevalent in post-WWII American SF: Humans (read the USA) are superior to everybody else. In this example, humans are technologically outclassed by every other space-faring species in the galaxy but are superior because their intelligence evolved naturally instead of being the result of genetic manipulation by an older species. Or maybe not - it's the hottest debate in the galaxy. Various species think humans are upstarts. Others - usually also younger species - kinda like humans. Devious, nefarious politics ensues and our protagonist gets caught up in it.

A slow start leads on to an exciting Poirot-style murder mystery and then a further action-adventure in the chromosphere of the sun, where life has been discovered. Apart from being a compelling story, the main interesting thing in the book is this sun-life. I'm sure I've come across the idea of star life before but never in as much detail.

Inevitably this is the first volume of a series; I'm inclined to carry on with it if I spot the remaining volumes. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
life forms in Sun
  ritaer | Jun 6, 2020 |
I greatly enjoyed re-reading this one. I did not notice a great difference from the 80's edition, but according to the author, that means he was successful in removing some overly 80's language. ( )
  Karlstar | May 28, 2020 |
2020 reread:
Boy, this was not at all the book that I thought that I remembered! I must have subconsciously recalled the main point as I did "figure out" many of the twists in the plot but I had forgotten the main framework of the story! I thought it was going to be about the dolphins not the 'Solarians' whose existence I didn't believe in until the very end of the book! I thought that they too were part of the hoax. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 29, 2020 |
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Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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... it is reasonable to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star. - A. S. Eddington, 1926
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To my brothers Dan and Stan, to Arglebargle the IVth . . . and to somebody else.
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"Makakai, are you ready?"
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"Once a caveman, always a caveman, ejh LaRoque? Men get all the way to the sun, and they build a fire to stay warm!"
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Mankind encounters conflicts among the inhabitants of the universe, as brave individuals prepare to journey into the boiling inferno of the sun.

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