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Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe Paperback – June 25, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
The artwork is not phenomenal like you might get from, say, Jim Burns or some of today's prominent artists from graphic novels, but it's got a sly and impudent sense of humor in my opinion. This fits well with the overall tone of the book, which purports to be a field guide for agents of the Terran Clan, i.e. good ol' Mother Earth. So the text often offers up tips on which races are friendly to humans, which want to destroy us, and which are indifferent, and provides hints on how to deal with some of these. (Of a particularly violent and prosletyzing race of religious zealots, the book notes that an agent's only two options are to flee or "to convert [them] to some less noxious creed".)
Also, there are some interesting "real world" web resources listed at the back of the book.
As a general refesher for the fan of Brin's work, this works well, but it's not likely to succeed in attracting new readers to the saga. Really, it's a solid supplement to the accumulated material of the novels and can be of some use, but it's not critical to own.
David, if you're reading this...I know your name was on the book, but I'm pretty certain you were only tangentially involved in this. I liked the book, but only cause I loved your books. Write some more for us, would you?`
I'm glad I had the book before starting the Uplift series as it help me to visualize what can be rather odd species. These sketches alone saved me time; lots of time not having to think "Are these the bearlike bureaucrats or the asparagus vegetable philosophers?" The capsule summaries gave me enough background to satisfy those niggling little "what's their story?" questions.
I subtracted one star because I would've preferred a flashier "dramatic" presentation in the illustrations and I think a more ambitious author might have tied the entries together more (the guide's like a dictionary). A five-star production, in other words, would've included elegant writing and colorful illustrations.
But this is an illustrated field guide, and it made no secret about that. Very useful, nonetheless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brinfans already know, but for those of you who are contemplating becoming one, this a good place to sample his award winning world building, Intelligent lifeform imaging, and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nicholas D. Jones
Could be better. Kind of a throwaway effort but still a fun read. I really wanted more detail here.Published 22 months ago by Glenn Krumholz
A nicely illustrated companion book for the Uplift trilogy sets. Gives great background info to some of the races mentioned or featured in the Uplift novels.Published on April 5, 2014 by spjames
I hadn't heard about this book until I was perusing some of the reprinted books. Great reference for those of you who roleplay!Published on December 3, 2013 by Curtis Y. Takahashi
It's a good guide. There were lots of illustrations, which is why I bought it to begin with. It could have used more from Jim Burns though.Published on June 21, 2012 by BXRWXR
I loved both Uplift trilogies, but this book is so bad I wish it were possible to give it zero stars; so bad I can't understand how David Brin may have accepted to attach his name... Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by A. Giampietri
I found this book an enjoyable read. Granted there's no actually story telling in the book, no plot, it's simply an informational guide to David Brin's Uplift universe. Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Nightbringer
Not at all what I expected, all pen and ink, black and white but a different twist than I expected many of the races to look like. A must see for Brin fans.Published on March 27, 2010 by Terrence N. Tallman
This was an excellent book. Simple drawings, without colour, but very necessary. It would have made a world of difference to have this available when reading the rest of the... Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by Jedidiah Carosaari