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Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1984
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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
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre."
--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
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i read this book first, of the series- so am probably partial to it. and it can and does stand alone, even though there is a book before it and a book that follows it. Each book is also unique though.
the premise starts with the concept up "uplift" whereby we genetically and biologically modify other species, such as dolphins and chimps- to enhance their intelligence and build human-speech into their evolution. the story goes on to explore the relationship we have with dolphins and delves into other-ness, through a different species that we already know and love. just because we have given dolphins the capacity for speech- does not mean they process language in the same way we do. In fact, the dolphins use poetry and haiku to communicate with us.
this is a touching story about relationships, and the politics around power- whether it is within a ship, a species or intergalactic rivals. I laughed and cried and have reread the books several times. You won't be disappointed.
Teri J. Dluznieski
BUT this is an ABSOLUTE GEM!
Dolphins in space???!!! Big space battles? I have loaned this book out to many people. Totally different and unique. A lot of Brin's other books are hit and miss. This is definitely the best of his Ive read
In Startide Rising, an Earth ship piloted by "uplifted" dolphins discovers a fleet of derelict ships in a far corner of the galaxy. For some reason, the discovery inflames a dozen of the most warlike and fanatical Galactic races, who chase the ship until it crashes on a poisonous water world called Kithrup. The novel follows the efforts of the Earth crew to survive and escape the Galactics, while providing fascinating glimpses of the Galactic races and how they function.
It's well worth reading.
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A real space fantasy, but worth reading and absorbing.