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The Uplift War by David Brin

The Uplift War (original 1987; edition 1988)

by David Brin

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Earth has been allowed to colonize the planet Garth only because its previous occupants went berserk and wiped out virtually all life there. But now humans, chimps, and their alien allies on Garth are being held hostage in a conflict that could affect the fate of the entire Five Galaxies.
Title:The Uplift War
Authors:David Brin
Info:Bantam 1988 (1988), Edition: 5th Ed., Paperback
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The Uplift War by David Brin (1987)


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Read as part of Uplift: The Complete Trilogy. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
Chimps and Gorillas and Humans, Oh My!

A half decent story intermixed with Brin's own evolutionistic life outlook.

I suspect this is how an atheist might feel while reading C.S. Lewis... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I preferred _Startide Rising_ or even _Sundiver_ to this book, but still Brin is a great one for capturing how different species of beings might react - thrown in midst of the story he manages to dream up for them. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The Uplift War is another fantastic entry in the space opera genre by David Brin, even if the parts of the book that actually occur in space is limited. The author presents a wide variety of interesting and likable characters, from the human, alien, and (intelligent) chimpanzee populations. The nonhuman characters feel strange, but relatable, and Brin avoids the trap of making some of his characters too potent, as was the case to some extent in his previous books. The plot is large in scope (even without the occasional mentions of greater galactic politics), but all parts of it are interesting and easy to follow. I even enjoyed when he cut to the enemy Gubru, as it often occurred just as I was wondering what their reaction to events would be. The book is well tied together at the end, but there are plenty of open questions that can be explored in future books. An excellent read. ( )
  Phrim | Sep 29, 2015 |
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Let me just mention some of the topics touched on in this book: relations between humans and chimps and other species; relations between humans and their alien allies; alien invasion; warfare technology; the Galactic Library; interstellar travel; blockading and breaking blockades in space; romantic desire between non-physically compatible species; ecology of alien planets; deception of allies and allies; how communication is difficult between alien species; primitive armaments versus futuristic technology; and how telling a lie can sometimes lead to truth.

This book has the feature I most often appreciate in sci-fi, the intercultural relations between alien species. The main characters are: Fiben Bolger, the neo-chimp who has been uplifted and is a space pilot and colonial fighter; a Tymbrimi young female named Athaclena; her father, Uthacalthing, Kault the Thennanin; the human Robert. As the Gubru invade the human/neo-chim colony planet of Garth, the main characters must take to the hills and organize an armed resistance to the invaders.

This book has that rare feature of containing sex that is essential to the plot. We have heard so much of the argument that sex in art should be justified by importance to story. This is actually the only book or other piece of art, I can think of, where the sex portrayed is actually important to the storyline of uplift of neo-chims.

Now, who will enjoy this story. Readers who are interested in military fiction. But, the warfare is very high level and strategic, without much physical fighting on the page. The fact and facts about Galactic aliens is the largest component of this book. So, if you don't enjoy vast amounts of information about alien races, stay away from this book. For me, this is Brin's best book, and I most enjoy his books. ( )
  superant | Aug 1, 2014 |
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Barlowe, Wayne D.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sentient Earthlings join
In crucial monkey-business...
Outwit aliens.

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