Startide Rising (Uplift Series #2)

Startide Rising (Uplift Series #2)

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ISBN-13: 9780553274189
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1984
Series: Uplift Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 228,995
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.89(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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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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.

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Startide Rising (Uplift Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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!
juliapequlia on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed this story somewhat, but I don't feel compelled to read any sequels. I admired the creatvity of the author in creating many non-humanoid alien races, and also in the treatment of the "uplifted" dolphins and chimp. It is a good read for the intrigue and psychology of a crew stranded and beseiged on an alien world.
hilander on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A complex story of selfish, galactic civilisations competing for status by "uplifting" promising species. Brin pieces together a wonderful array of self absorbed "clans" interacting and sabotaging eachother within conventions that make the United Nations genaral assemblies look like at tea party. Erik von Daniken lives again in the pages of this series, as the "wofling" humans try to slip the leases of greedy superpower races.
skystyler on LibraryThing 8 months ago
aka Dolphins in Space. Sounds stupid but this book is a cracker. Dont waste your time with the rest of the series. This one is the bomb.
TadAD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
By far the best book of this series, Startide Rising can be read independently if you choose.
Gkarlives on LibraryThing 8 months ago
One of my favorite Sci-Fi books. You are just plopped into the middle of this immense saga without warning. The sheer array of aliens is boggling and each one has a totally different motivation. The shifting alliances, vast battles, and human drama just drew me in and would not let me go. The crew of the Streeker trying to survive on cunning against odds a Vegas card shark would never even consider.
michaeleconomy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
my friend lent me this and i had to put it down, I'm not sure why the author felt it necessary to reitterate the differences between bottlenose and steno dolphins every couple pages, but did not decide to endure the rest of the book to find out
DirtPriest on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Quite a complex work about a mostly dolphin crewed starship that discovers an ancient derelict fleet on the fringes of the galaxy and has to evade several enemy fleets to protect their find. They hide on a water world (pretty convenient) and use some clever tactics to escape after a major space battle. This book sets up the rest of the Uplift series. The length was a bit much, but by the time the book was finished, I had really learned alot about the characters and their interactions with each other and with the few humans on the 'Streaker'. Hopefully the rest of the series is as involved and interesting as this one.
santhony on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This dual Hugo/Nebula Award winning science fiction novel certainly takes the cake for originality. A spaceship captained and piloted by dolphins? The premise of this work is that sentient species are scattered throughout the galaxy, seeded by a mysterious group referred to as The Progenitors. As each species attains a certain level of ¿consciousness¿, they are able to ¿uplift¿ other species to a level of sentience through genetic engineering, hence the dolphin and chimpanzee, which are ¿client¿ species, with humans their ¿patrons¿. The political/social/military relationships between and among the different ¿patron¿ species and their ¿clients¿ are what make up the bulk of this novel.This is actually the second novel in the Startide series, though I have been assured that it can be read independent of the original and has generated far more acclaim than the others. I never felt that I needed any more background information than was provided within the text of this book.I can¿t say that the writing was poor, or that the plot and characters were in any way deficient. However, I really never felt like I was pulled into the story. Others may disagree and reinforce the awards that this novel has earned, but I don¿t rate it in the upper tier of science fiction novels I¿ve read recently.
Isamoor on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Jul10:Well, this series got better. The first part of this book was rough, but then it smoothed out and got me to care.Plot: Pretty darn good. I really liked the war backdrop in the cosmos. I actually cared about many of the characters. The villains were memorable.Style: Definitely improving. Seemed to distance itself from classic SciFi and bring in some more character development. I grew to enjoy it.
clong on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I enjoyed Startide Rising. It follows the adventures of a crew of humans, "neo-dolphins," and a "neo-chimp" as they explore a planet, repair their damaged ship, and try to figure out how to escape from the much more powerful galactic fleets that are battling it out overhead for the right to capture them and the big galactic secret they accidentally stumbled upon. At its best, it is pure space opera, entertaining and suspenseful. I enjoyed the neo-dolphin characters, who struggle to integrate a dreamy, instinctual way of looking at things with the practical, logical though process of man (frequently the characters end up speaking in haiku). I thought that the aborigines were poorly developed, and that the human characters were generally less compelling that the dolphins. And I guess that I am skeptical about the general structure of the uplift universe (which Brin has gone on to develop in other books). Nevertheless, this is an entertaining read and well worth your time.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A sequel to "The Uplift War," I also enjoyed this book. Where the former concentrated on chimpanzees as the client race, this story concerns dolphins and human.
leld on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Love this book. Wonderful characters and the different plotlines are woven well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brin meets the challenge of building a believable universe filled with alien, yet endearing non human characters in this classic Space Opera.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book.
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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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