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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.
David Brin has another excellent work here with very thought provoking text. A must read for any serious science fiction fan!Published 3 hours ago by Bob Hranek
I did not like all the interruptions to the story line. I also felt there were too many characters to keep track of. Read morePublished 6 days ago by warped space
Existence is an entertaining, but slightly annoying book. I think David Brin felt he was tackling some fundamental concepts of reality, but to me the book felt more like space... Read morePublished 7 days ago by NWReader
A very interesting story of first contact, with a number of unusual twists. In addition to the aliens this book deals with where we humans are going, and how our technology might... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mark S. in NY
As good as Kiln People but different. A great hybrid of some hard sci-fi, social sci-fi and the ever present questions good sci-fi asks like "What does it mean to be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ridgeback
I didn't expect this book to have the impact on me that I experienced. As a work of "plausible" sci-fi (i.e. Read morePublished 1 month ago by smallgrassyhill