Otherness [NOOK Book]

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An extraordinary collection of tales and essays about the near and distant future, as humans encounter the secrets of the cosmos – and their own existence. What if education were extended into the womb? What happens when an archaeologist discovers a terrible secret under the landfills of Los Angeles? Will ‘natural’ humans still have a role when cybernetic humans surpass them in nearly all ways?

Together for the first time, here is a thought-provoking and imaginative...

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Otherness

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Overview

An extraordinary collection of tales and essays about the near and distant future, as humans encounter the secrets of the cosmos – and their own existence. What if education were extended into the womb? What happens when an archaeologist discovers a terrible secret under the landfills of Los Angeles? Will ‘natural’ humans still have a role when cybernetic humans surpass them in nearly all ways?

Together for the first time, here is a thought-provoking and imaginative collection of works by one of today's leading SF writers. A woman discovers that her baby has been called upon to work while still in the womb; a married couple finds their relationship threatened by the wonders of sex by simulation; and more. Original.

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Carl Hays
In his latest collection of short fiction, essays, and insightful commentaries on both, Brin defines the term "otherness" as the currently popular relativistic dogma that other points of view are just as important as our own. Using this conception as a loosely organizing theme, Brin assembles some of his finest recent work, from "Shhh," a wryly original tale about alien first contact in which humans may hold a secret edge on their otherwise overwhelmingly superior visitors, to a skeptical critique of reports of extraterrestrial abductions. In "Bubbles," otherness is explored through the electronic awareness of a sentient spacecraft that discovers a doorway to another universe. In perhaps his most penetrating nonfiction piece concerning otherness, "The New Meme," Brin explores the limits to human interpretations of reality. Although, falling short on plot and character, the stories here often read as thinly disguised thought-experiments, they succeed as entertaining hard sf. A treat for Brin fans and connoisseurs of first-rate speculative science.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045046589
  • Publisher: David Brin
  • Publication date: 10/26/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 641,222
  • File size: 784 KB

Meet the Author

David Brin is a scientist, public speaker and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Existence (2012) is his latest novel. His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web. A 1998 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. David's novel Kiln People has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a future when new technology enables people to physically be in more than two places at once. A hardcover graphic novel The Life Eaters explored alternate outcomes to WWII, winning nominations and high praise.

David's science fictional Uplift Universe explores a future when humans genetically engineer animals to join our civilization.

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