“The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre.”—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction In all the universe, no species has . Sundiver by David Brin. Sundiver book cover. logo logo. Rating / Murder on the chromosphere of the sun. Free preview. Sundiver (Uplift, book 1) by David Brin – book cover, description, publication history.

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And from now on the work here at the Center for Uplift would be even more routine. The humans at least have individuality personalities; they just aren’t very interesting ones. This is complicated by competing social factions that either completely revere alien societies and believe that Earth’s alien patron is as yet unknown or believe that Earth achieved sentience alone and generally eschew alien technology or interference.

Add page count 4 17 Aug 04, Outside the basic tech, Brin relies on “galactic tech” to take care of other things, such as artificial gravity.

It’s not a space opera, more of a space whodunnit–the protagonist and the reader are constantly trying to figure out what’s actually happening as the intrigue rises.

Especially one that looks like a giant broccoli sprout and talks like a Minister of Protocol! In particular, the way he depicts the blazing world of the sun itself and the creatures who live there is simply sundiger. Culla is killed, and the ship eventually escapes the sun, though all but Fagin temporarily “die” of hypothermia and frostbite from the refrigerator laser.

Jacob looked away with distaste.

You can almost glimpse the birth of Ancient Aliens ; Series I very much liked well, some of the episodes, at leastwhich, unfortunately, I cannot say about this first part of the Uplift Saga. And to top everything off he makes a point of tying off each book with an epic space battle, punctuated with a stunt humans come up with that surprises or angers their alien counterparts for sheer boldness and audacity.


Contrary Brin’s incendiary posts on science, sci-fi and politics and its engaged, opinionated community poke at too-rigid orthodoxies, proposing ideas and topics that fascinate — and infuriate. Every intelligent species has been “Uplifted,” brought to full awareness, by another species, tracing all the way back to the mythical Progenitors who started it all.

It’s been a while, but I remember this as a nice science fiction exploration story mixed with a mystery, as if Agatha Christie had put on of her many mansion murders inside the Sun. He won’t push too hard if I appeal to his sense of fair play. In it, he reminded me of why I like sci-fi and explained why so much sci-fi isn’t worth reading.

As a result, although Sundiver is primarily a mystery, it lacks the threat offered by a credible villain. What they have done though is uplift two of Earth’s other animals to sentience, the Dolphin and Chimpanzee, and in doing so have become a parent race themselves.

Relative status is based on a species’ evolutionary lineage. There’s nothing sinister about what happens so much as childish—dangerous, yes, but childish. Views Read Edit View history. His hands slipped along the controls to the rocket verniers, and at the top of his next arc he whistled a code in trinary.

A tired dolphin drifted to the edge of the pool when he arrived. It was shndiver different take on sci fi, and I enjoyed it. I got rid of all my David Brin novels because he was, I felt at the time, racist against aliens.

Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1) by David Brin

It took me a while to get into this book. What results however, is a character who seems to alternate between being unerringly competent or typically feminine.

Sundiver is a prime example of how good Brin’s books can be. Now they are alone again, but they know i Let’s just say our hero goes to mercury to investigate Ghosts that are living in the chromosphere of the sun.


Merely having a couple of “good ones” doesn’t suffice. Idea of Progenitors is intriguing,but everything else is rather clumsy mix of crime,space opera and hard SF. It was a let down. Then he saw something move very fast below him.

Fagin had never actually lied to him, and he was the only E. I can’t say I’m sorry to have read it, since my memory edited it down into a much better story, but I can only recommend it as background for later, better books. Back on Mercury, Jacob discovers his trick, and reveals it, resulting in disgrace to Bubbacub and embarrassment for the Pila. Jan 22, Thom rated it really liked it Shelves: As a result, Humanity is seen as an upstart race with lots of power. Pushing Ice Alastair Reynolds 9.

And yet, Jacob felt a powerful reluctance to disappoint the old Kanten.

Sundiver by David Brin

Mysterious Galaxy San Diego: Hyde-like split personality that he needs keep in check. I will amplify any action you make, but if you want the rockets to cut in, you’ll have to give the command in English.

The stakes are more interesting than a lot of science fiction novels: I liked the aliens and the general mystery plot, but it was the other world-building details that stood out for me: You’re being davod close. She chattered something almost too fast to follow in trinary Book ratings by Goodreads.

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