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Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1984
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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.