Startide Rising (Uplift Series #2)

Startide Rising (Uplift Series #2)

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by David Brin
     
 

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David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written.  Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time.  Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience

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David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written.  Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time.  Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race.  But the greatest mystery of all remains unsolved: who uplifted humankind?

The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed in the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history.  Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles armed rebellion and a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors, the fabled First Race who seeded wisdom throughout the stars.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In its original paperback editon of 1983, this novel won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Brin's extensive revisions make this first hardcover edition an SF event. What remains most impressive is the complex background of political, cultural, linguistic and many other connections and missed connections among innumerable different species. Against the backdrop of an ancient spacefaring conglomerate, whose shared traditions have not halted their wars, the upstart Earthlings humans, dolphins, chimpanzeesalso stand divided. Brin raises questions not only of understanding but of ethics, for a "patron'' race may genetically uplift another only to indenture them. His depiction of the dolphins' gains and losses now that they've become space pilots is particularly moving. Although Brin's characterization and storytelling are less adept here than in the work he has since written, this is one of the outstanding SF novels of recent years.
From the Publisher
"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre."
—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307575210
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/21/2010
Series:
Uplift Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
57,006
File size:
3 MB

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Poul Anderson
Startide Rising is an extraordinary achievement, a book so full of fascinating ideas that they would not have crowded each other at twice its considerable length.

Meet the Author

David Brin is the author of Sundiver, The Uplift War, Startide Rising, The Practice Effect, The Postman, Heart of the Comet (with Gregory Benford), Earth, Glory Season, Brightness Reef, and Infinity's Shore, as well as the short-story collections The River of Time and Otherness.  He has a doctorate in astrophysics and has been a NASA consultant and a physics professor.  He lives in southern California.


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Startide Rising (Uplift Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book as a young man, aged 18 or 19. I read a lot of books before...and have read a lot of books since. Very few come close to giving me the pleasure this book has given me. I know I have re-read it at least a dozen times, and each time I picked it up...I had trouble putting it down. There are many aspects that appeal strongly to young, male readers (action, sex, aliens, space-faring dolphins, a talking chimp, etc). However, the book has held up to the test of time better than the vast majority of fiction I have read in my life. Even now as a "more mature", middle-aged man...I still enjoy the STORY in the book. My 17 year-old son saw it on my bookshelf a few months back, read it, and loved it, too. There are few (maybe none!)books we have both read and both liked so much. He's a budding writer and I'm a geeky engineer...not a lot of tastes in common. Read this book...and enjoy the experience for years to come!
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Read this years ago and it's still stuck in my head. Great story with lasting settings and concepts
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michaelthemad More than 1 year ago
superbly written...engaging story that resonates far beyond the story...fully realized world and situation, characters are well rounded enough, with some having enough complexity to be very real...the most fully realized characters are not human, but dolphin...brilliant portrayal of another type of mind (not an easy thing to accomplish)...the wonder and mystery of the "whale song" runs through the book and is not easily dismissed or forgotten. The next book, Uplift War, is also superb.
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Brennie42 More than 1 year ago
The book is set in a galaxy where there are many alien races that "uplift" other races into sentience. This is a fantastic start to the second trilogy in the Uplift universe. I highly recommend this and anything else by David Brin.
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