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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 was expecting brilliance and did find some interesting futurist outcomes, but the book was MUCH too long and the last half
dragged badly. Read more
I'm still chewing on this Idea/meme/lifeform nature/ socio-economic/ dissection, and the interesting mythic Frankenstein's monster of a narration he generates a result of those... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Nicholas D. Jones
Brin's earlier work was awesome. I loved the Up-Lift series, the Postman, etc. But, then he wrote Kiln People, and ... just not as good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Henry Mann
Must read for everyone. It is serious science fiction, but it's the kind of science fiction which is more realistic than conventional fiction because our world itself really is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul J. Werbos
This is a novel in the old sci-fi tradition of a big idea (I mean really big) woven into a compelling story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edgar
Brin's answer to the Fermi Paradox. A plausible (and as accurate at this point in time) tale of "Where is Everybody" and an ending that allows for other options besides... Read morePublished 3 months ago by capt_tom
David Brin's "Existence" is a book that means well, but also one that kills itself due to plot interruptions that aren't necessary. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul L.
This is an often-exciting tale about first contact with alien civilizations, which charts new territory while being framed within (more or less) the world we see via today's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeff Barlow