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"Take a world soaked in near-future strangeness and complexity... Add a beautiful alien artifact that turns out to be the spearpoint of a very dangerous, very ancient invasion... Hotwire with wisdom and wonder... Existence is as urgent and as relevant as anything by Stross or Doctorow, but with the cosmic vision of Bear or Benford. Brin is back."
—Stephen Baxter, bestselling author of Ark and The Time Ships
"In Existence, David Brin takes on one of the fundamental themes in science fiction—and what is also one of the fundamental questions humanity faces in this century. Since Brin is both a great storyteller and one of the most imaginative writers around, Existence is not to be missed."
—Vernor Vinge, bestselling author of Fire Upon the Deep and The Children of the Sky
"Existence is a book that makes you think deeply about both the future and life's most important issues. I found it fascinating and could not put it down."--Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
I thought the characters were well defined and the plot moved well.
The true nature and purpose of the communication devices makes Existence one of the most imaginative first contact stories I've encountered.
In detail, way too many shifts in context and I ended up not really caring for the characters at the end.
The novel is very interesting as discussion of ideas on the Fermi paradox and as such is definitely worthwhile reading and can be recommended. Read morePublished 1 day ago by TkyReader
Great read from a great author...makes one think A LOT! Quite optimistic too, in my opinion ;)Published 2 days ago by Mike M.
Great book!!! Very intellectual in the story premise, thought provoking!Published 5 days ago by Kip
It is a great SF book, following the best practices, of Asimov, Huxley and Aldiss! Highly recommended!!!Published 5 days ago by S. Laza
There's a lot of ideas tossed around in this book. It explores notions of the future that are incredibly unlikely but nestled in among things that are inevitable. Read morePublished 16 days ago by James Van Lydegraf
I never was bored for a moment in this constantly surprising book. Brin has done it again. He's created characters to like and others who annoy. Lots of fun to read.Published 27 days ago by Hanoch McCarty
My first Brin novel... and I agree with other reviewers... MEH. This book seems thin on plot/story and thick on lecture posed as 1 on 1 discussions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Kuhn
This is a big book (655 pages of tiny print) with one big theme; basically the structure of future society and how it copes with extra terrestrial contact. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Willy Eckerslike