David Brin's Existence
- I've just finished David Brin's latest novel - Existence. I give it three
thumbs up and heartily recommend it.
The story is set some 30-50 years in the future and covers a span of
estimated 50-70 years. Brin portrays a world that is wonderfully diverse and
engaging. It is not the dark forbidding worlds other writers have described,
but a world that is moving forward. Some people are rich, some are poor,
but the future is open for many of them.
One aspect of this world is that there are artificial intelligences
everywhere. We get an idea of what life could be like in a completely wired
The story starts when a orbital garbage collector pulls in a crystal ovoid
that seems to contain almost 100 electronically embedded alien
personalities. This ovoid is part of an effort to contact life on other planets
orbiting other stars. It turns out that there are thousands of these on Earth
and much of the story revolves around getting information from these
Brin is very good at posing big questions and big ideas. Why does the
universe seem empty? He does a good job in posing different scenarios that
could answer Fermi's Paradox. He also suggests different ways in which
humans might contact life around other stars.
Brin also portrays a world that is positive. It faces life destroying
problems, but many are working to navigate thru these.
This is worth your time to buy and read.
(Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change)
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