Brightness Reef (New Uplift Series #1)

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David Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written.  Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.

The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.  But over the centuries it has been resettled, ...

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Overview

David Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written.  Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.

The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.  But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races.  Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxies will discover their illegal colony.  Then a strange starship arrives on Jijo.  Does it bring the long-dreaded judgment, or worse--a band of criminals willing to destroy the six races of Jijo in order to cover their own crimes?

The vast civilization of Five Galaxies has roled out its security arsenal to prevent resettlement on Jijo until it is revitalized. Over the centuries, groups of sentient beings have eluded the laws and made Jijo a home--but what will happen when the Five Galaxies catch on? A strange ship in Jijo's skies may hold the answer.

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"A captivating read."--Star-Tribune, Minneapolis

"Brin is a skillful storyteller."--The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

"Immensely appealing, leaving readers hungry for more."--Publishers Weekly

"Tremendously inventive, ambitious work."--Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553573305
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: New Uplift Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 713,461
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Huge

    Very Tolkienesque in scope, theres about three good novels in this thing. Most sf writers labor to invent one convincing alien species, in this book Brin has /six/! Breathtaking in scope and depth its only flaw may be how dense the book is. This isn't "gadget" sf, Brin has created very detailed societies and fully developed individuals. If your tastes tend towards those huge immersive Lord of the Rings style novels you'll be enthralled.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    The Uplift Universe Blossoms in Microcosm

    Readers familiar with the sweeping space opera of _Startide Rising_ or the urgent rebellion of _The Uplift War_ will find a whole new slice of life in the 'Uplift Universe' to appreciate here. This book presents an intimate portrait of six species living a hidden and illegal life together on a verdant world. Each species has turned its back on its starfaring heritage to live in an enforced rustic idyll, but the past is about to catch up with them all- and their tiny world will soon be enveloped in a chaos which might threaten every sentient species in the Five Galaxies. I deeply enjoyed this novel's intricate prose style, constant inventiveness, and well-developed glimpses into alien society and psychology. Readers who hunger for a deeper examination of 'otherness' after the brief sketches of alien psychology offered in earlier Uplift novels will find it here- vividly and believably rendered. This is an auspicious start to a highly enjoyable trilogy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    If you love science fiction, read this & the next two in the series.

    A fine story, well written. Brin has created a fantastic world that is somehow entirely convincing. A must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2010

    Poor EBook conversion

    If you are considering the ebook version, it was clearly not proofed. Numerous garbled spots in the intros to chapters, which I assume were set in a different font.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    Pretty Darn Good

    This is a darn good book. It leaves you hanging at the end, wanting there to be more, so you are forced to buy the next book. This book ties in with his other book, Startide Rising. Make sure you read that one first. The character development is wonderfully in depth, and the story tosses in a little bit of mystery and light comedy to keep the story from getting too serious. It's a great read.

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