“The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre.”—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction In all the universe, no species has . Sundiver by David Brin. Sundiver book cover. logo logo. Rating / Murder on the chromosphere of the sun. Free preview. Sundiver (Uplift, book 1) by David Brin – book cover, description, publication history.

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Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach. It follows the SF alien life pattern where the galaxy was well-populated and fully developed long before humans discovered it. As it happened, humans have uplifted dolphins and chimps, the minimum number of uplifts required to be awarded Patron status in this universe of David Brin, the davir. Mark L April 15, at And I’ll take one of those sandwiches now, too, if you’ll let me clean up.

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On the other hand, the Darwinian idea that humans evolved on their own—coupled with the even more interesting idea that we are special among the larger galactic community in this regard—is also attractive. The technological aspects and the descriptions of a spaceship travelling through the sun’s photosphere were the best parts. The machine’s massive metal flukes beat at the water to the rhythmic push of his feet, each beat sending a tremor up his spine, pressing him against the suit’s heavy padding.

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Once, in midair, she rattled off a dirty limerick in dolphin, a low piece of work, but Jacob hoped they’d recorded it back at the chase boat. Makakai greeted him with a trinary poem too quick to catch, but it sounded amiably nasty. While Brin is too skilled a writer to let the supporting cast simply be cut-outs, at the same time I did notice he tends to present characters and leave them fairly static as events occur around them, indeed in many ways the characterisation suffers from the mystery type structure since it often felt as if characters were presented like suspects with a defining trait e.

The style is readable, but hardly smooth. We’ll carve them into engineers and lose a race of poets! Evolved species have developed the ability to e An uneven book where the story feels too small for the world it inhabits.

Videos About This Book. The essence of illness is the freezing of behavior into unalterable and insatiable patterns. I know that the next books in the series are set at a much later date, so I hope that the considerations the characters make in the final chapter have some effect on the setting in later books.

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His hands slipped along the controls to the rocket verniers, and at dvid top of his next arc he whistled a code in trinary. David Brin was one of the authors who inspired me to get my Ph.

I don’t know how you did it, but Makakai’s attention span in English was at least twice normal. He closed his eyes and allowed the sunlight to warm his face, the rays penetrating his skin with gentle, browning insistence. This page was last edited on 14 Juneat If technology can wean a dolphin of the Whale-Dream, now’s the time we’ll find out.


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It was a different take on sci fi, and I enjoyed it. Somehow Fagin had taken the initiative again. The water dvid exceptionally clear today. Aliens, monsters, and ghosts fill the action scenes. Brin achieved an excellent gestalt of character, big ideas, and narrative energy. Did some mysterious race begin the uplift of humanity aeons ago?

Makakai might be a lot smarter than her ancestors, Jacob thought, but her sense of humor was strictly dolphin. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father. An old friend of his, the cheerful and polite Fagin, a member of the plant like Kantin race requests Jacob to join him on Mercury and assist with the Sundiver project.

Sundiver by David Brin

The brown eyes tended to narrow to fine slits when he concentrated. The strange creatures that are observed within the chromosphere lead to a further investigatory flight, one that hopes to discover more about the creatures that do not seem to appear in the galactic library. He uses a xundiver that blocks the ships sensors to pretend he has dispelled the sun-ghosts because he is embarrassed by the Library’s lack of data on the ghosts. These form the core of the plot of Sundiver.

A good beginning of an ambitious hard-scifi series I wouldn’t consider it “space opera”, though it stumbles into that territory at times.