Trailer Ñ Otherness PDF by ô David Brin I liked the little story notes in between and most of the stories, excited to read from Brin.
I really liked some of the stories, some didn t grab me at all The story notes where Brin wrote about his inspiration process were interesting, but I found his essays boring and mostly just skimmed them.
From Multiple Award Winning Author David Brin Comes This Extraordinary Collection Of Tales And Essays Of The Near And Distant Future, As Humans And Aliens Encounter The Secrets Of The Cosmos And Of Their Own Existence In Dr Pak S Preschool A Woman Discovers That Her Baby Has Been Called Upon To Work While Still In The Womb In NatuLife A Married Couple Finds Their Relationship Threatened By The Wonders Of Sex By Simulation In Sshhh The Arrival Of Benevolent Aliens On Earth Leads To Frenzy, Madness And Unimaginable Joy In Bubbles A Sentient Starcraft Reaches The Limits Of The Universe And Dares To Go Beyond These Are But A Few Of The Challenging Speculations In Otherness, From The Pen Of An Author Whose Urgent And Compelling Imaginative Fiction Challenges Us To Wonder At The Shape And The Nature Of The Universe As Well As At Its Future The Giving Plague Myth Number Story Notes Transitions Dr Pak S Preschool Detritus Affected The Dogma Of Otherness Editorial Analog Sshhh Story Notes Contact Those Eyes What To Say To A UFO Bonding To Genji The Warm Space Whose Millennium NatuLife Piecework Science Versus Magic Bubbles Story Notes Cosmos Ambiguity What Continues And What Fails The Commonwealth Of Wonder Really 3.
5 stars This collection contains a mix of short stories, medium to long stories, and essays lectures Brin s writing is always interesting and intelligent however, it seemed that the longer he story was, the less enjoyable and convoluted it became.
0 StarsI really liked this one Very much a throwback to the golden age of sci fi Focus on big ideas executed against a large canvass The collection is peppered with some articles and speeches by David Brin that are maybe a little dated and maybe a tad bit too optimistic for someone reading 20 years after the fact but gives the reader a ton of interesting ideas and theories to munch on.
Overall, this collection raised my view of David Brin a good deal, seeing that he has a lot to offer the sci fi genre than the fun but pulpy stuff I ve read by him by showcasing some really cool ideas wrapped in excellent writing.
Nice collection, this Some good stories, a few great stories, and a couple of thought provoking essays that I wasn t expecting.
An excellent set of Brin short stories and essays Always something thoughtful and worthwhile to say Maybe I ve just read recent works that are retreads of these ideas, but very few of these stories surprised me or made be contemplate things I hadn t thought of before The writing was good, but I usually read sci fi to be provoked, and this didn t do much of that.
Short stories essays A A Has the classic story of educating an AI by bringing it up as your child, which has drawbacks Brin at his best, reread sometime.
I have been digesting this pleasant miscellany by science fiction writer David Brin at a slow pace, and have found the experience my first encounter with Brin highly enjoyable Otherness is a miscellany in that it mixes short stories 13 , along with story notes 3 texts , and essays 5 in a fine collection of interesting ideas It is divided into five parts Transitions, Contact, Continuity, Cosmos, and Otherness, all representing basic ideas around which the texts in each part circles.
For me six of the short stories stand out a bit extra, although the entire lot is enjoyable enough to be sure.
First out is the The Giving Plague , first published in 1988, and here found in the section Transitions Here Brin digs into the idea virus evolution, and how influence on the host c