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Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1984
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Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Top Customer Reviews
Unlike the first three books in the saga, the second three books DO form a series. The first of this trilogy, "Brightness Reef," picks up with yet another totally independent plotline and brand new characters. However, it does contain a central character who ties the first three books into this set. Unfortunately, Brin doesn't say, specifically, who that character is until the very end of the book. Even worse, the last time the character was used was so far back in the saga that it's hard to remember anything about him. The remaining two books, "Infinity's Shore" and "Heaven's Reach," continue sequentially from the first and form a tightly knit trilogy with no breaks in time.
None of these books is "happy" or "light reading." For the most part, they're all intense, heavily detailed and fully characterized books. "Sundiver" is the least "heavy" and most lacking in the realistic feel of the rest of the books.Read more ›
weary for years of the "trilogy" concept in the science
fiction and fantasy genres. Ever since Tolkien's classic Lord
of the Rings, it seems every successful new author
in the field has been forced to shoehorn their works into a
trilogy or series format. Each subsequent book becomes
dependent, both story-wise and commercially, on the
previous books. Sometime this works, but just as often
a good novel simply gets stretched into a weak trilogy or
With Startide Rising, David Brin completely breaks this mold.
Each novel in his fascinating Uplift series stands on its own.
No time is wasted connecting the story lines of each book,
nor are readers left wondering "what's going on?" because
they haven't read the previous books. Brin simply tells
his story, and tells it exceedingly well.
Most modern SF/Fantasy series leave the reader thinking, "What
a great story, I can't wait to hear the end,"... but the end
may never come. Anne McCaffrey's "Pern" series comes to mind.
The early books are memorable and excellent, and seem to have been
written for their own sake. But the later
books seem to be part of a contrived (and seemingly endless) series, and
each subsequent book becomes less and less satisfying. And don't
even get me started on Frank Herbert's "Dune" series....
On the other hand, Brin leaves the reader thinking, "What a great story. Tell me another!"
Startide Rising is Brin's best work, worthy of every award it has received.
Read it, and you will be delighted and satisfied.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This novel grabbed my attention because of the uplift theory in science fiction. That's the idea that a higher civilization would help start a lower civilization on its way. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Joe Boudreault
If you're a fan of true SF, you have to love David Brin. His books are just chock full of real and speculative science and action and excitement and wonderful, well-developed alien... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Bryant
It's funny how people are "meh" on Sundiver and praise Startide Rising because with me its the other way around.
First off the character development is shallow. Read more
Incredible story. Combines sci fi, ecology, politics, and theology in an action packed adventure.Published 3 months ago by James T Baker
It has become difficult to find compelling sci-fi novels, much less space operas.
The author appears to lack any scientific understanding, which is surprising given his... Read more
I read the trilogy when it first came out some 30 years ago and loved it.
Reading it again was as good as the first time. Read more