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In its original paperback editon of 1983, this novel won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Brin's extensive revisions make this first hardcover edition an SF event. What remains most impressive is the complex background of political, cultural, linguistic and many other connections and missed connections among innumerable different species. Against the backdrop of an ancient spacefaring conglomerate, whose shared traditions have not halted their wars, the upstart Earthlingshumans, dolphins, chimpanzeesalso stand divided. Brin raises questions not only of understanding but of ethics, for a "patron" race may genetically uplift another only to indenture them. His depiction of the dolphins' gains and losses now that they've become space pilots is particularly moving. Although Brin's characterization and storytelling are less adept here than in the work he has since written, this is one of the outstanding SF novels of recent years. November 22
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"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre."
--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Overall a really fantastic story concept makes the book. The universe created in this novel was original and compelling from a conceptual perspective albeit the characters both... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Regulus7
I haven't read many sci fi books this long, but even with the length the trip was fantastic.
The story itself moves a bit slow, but with the short chapters it seems to pace. Read more
If you liked Sundiver, this one will not disappoint. One of the best novels I've read in a long time.Published 5 months ago by Dave
This book, like the first in the series, has way too many subplots. However, it is well writte, if not edited well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BillyBob
Beautiful book, strong and yet poetic story with interesting narration :)Published 6 months ago by Veda
This continues the grand concept that debuted in Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, Book 1). Every other Galactic race has been uplifted by a 'patron', becoming indentured servants while... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a classic of science fiction. Over the years I have recommended this book to many readers and every one has praised it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John Shoemaker
Kinky. A whole new viewpoint as to how man relates to his environment. Ever since I saw "the Day of the Dolphin" starring George C. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geoffrey L. Pace