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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.
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 7 days 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 11 days ago by Willy Eckerslike
Was good but slow starting, and a little confusing to me. Left a few loose ends for me.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It took me months to get through Existence not related to the book itself. As I kept being drawn back to it I passed through phases of utter fascination and periods of wading... Read morePublished 1 month ago by aussie-slow-reader
One of the most detailed and lengthy first contact books I've been reading lately. I've been working my way through the top twenty list and this is one of my favourites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book and this author. A dystopian future, rising seas, Fermi paradox issues, alien contact, income inequality gone mad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carl Scheider
Do you want to know what the future looks like? It's happening all around us, but we don't always see it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric S. Lee