Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.
Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there's something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn't on the decades' old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth's infomesh about an "alien artifact."
Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.
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His AI world with its controls, virtually overlaying our reality with levels and levels of adjustments, scanning options, adverts, graffiti et al, the culture of this version of the Internet, with flash mobs built up regarding potential cause to be a living Wiki with a hive mind, and influencing ...Jun 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
Through such details, mentioned in passing, we are led (if we stop to reflect on them) to ask whether and to what extent touching a technologically-enhanced crucifix around one’s neck that can detect one’s non-verbal queries and provide answers in fact does not only what such religious accessori...Nov 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
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It is both a novel of ends and beginnings, a novel of first contact and a novel that approaches an answer to the question partially framed by the Fermi Paradox “Are we alone in the universe?” Brin casts a fairly wide net of viewpoint characters in Existence, the first of which is where the even...Jul 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
Existence is David Brin’s first novel in some time and while I’ve long bemoaned his absence, it’s hard to complain about the time he takes if this is what he ends up with.Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
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Brin’s latest novel, Existence, is in many ways less optimistic about the future of galactic civilization, though it is perhaps the most ambitious of all his novels in a literary sense.Aug 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
And I welcome having to actually put thought into a book I am reading, as my brain may have atrophied from reading about too many throbbing members.Jun 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
I've read hundreds of science fiction book but somehow David Brin's books always passed me by even though I've always been told that he's great and that I would have liked him.Jul 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
The main question this novel seems to ask ‘is humanity destined to repeat mistakes made in the past?’ (Though not necessarily by humans.) This question isn’t ever really answered, which seems to add more to the story rather than feeling like it’s lacking.Jul 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
-Library Journal (starred review) "Brin's EXISTENCE is bursting with ideas, including near-future tech, first contact with aliens, and the exploration of what it means to be human.Jul 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Existence
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