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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2012-06-19
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
Sandi's review nails it when she writes "Existence is a giant mess of a novel."At its heart, this is another attempt to resolve Fermi's paradox, which asks the question, "Where is everybody?" The basic resolution is reminiscent of [a:Alastair Reynolds|51204|Alastair Reynolds|http://d.gr-assets.com/a...
Yeah, can't finish it. Just too...full of itself. Or himself, I guess.
It took me a long time to read this book - partially because I wanted to saviour its brilliance and partially because it is so dense that I had to take long breaks from it. That's a contradictory statement, because Existence is a contradictory book and has spawned a complimentary review. This could ...
This review was completed by Michael Cummings, staff reviewer with the Fantasy Book Addict.David Brin is an icon in science fiction, and for good reasons. Brin's imagination gave us works like the Kiln People, the Postman, and of course, the seminal Uplift War saga in all of its glory. In his latest...
Brin's novel at its best fizzes with an exuberant sense of play about the challenge implicit in the title: gleefully doom-dropping various ways humanity might disappear (or be disappeared), pinballing around the pros and cons for other intelligent life in the universe, or simply putting any of its m...