about DAVID BRIN

David Brin is best-known for shining light — plausibly and entertainingly — on technology, society, and countless challenges confronting our rambunctious civilization. His best-selling novels include The Postman (filmed in 1997) plus explorations of our near-future in Earth and Existence. Other novels are translated into 25+ languages. His short stories explore vividly speculative ideas.

Brin's nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the American Library Association's Freedom of Speech Award for exploring 21st Century concerns about security, secrecy, accountability and privacy.

As a scientist, tech-consultant and world-known author, he speaks, advises, and writes widely on topics from national defense and homeland security to astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology, future/prediction, creativity, and philanthropy. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four Worlds Best Futurists, and he was cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow.


Here you will find information about DAVID BRIN as science fiction author, scientist & transparency/internet security expert, public speaker & business/governmental consultant, and blogger/social media influencer.

newest book releases

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

on sale January 10, 2017

The authors contributing stories and essays to Chasing Shadows explore their own visions of what might propel — or obstruct — a world civilization awash in the light of transparency. find out more

Via Locus Online, eminent critic Paul Di Filippo offers an insightful, thorough and positive appraisal of CHASING SHADOWS. If you were wavering, this might put the book on your Get List!

Insistence of Vision

Insistence of Vision

newest story collection

Visit a chillingly plausible tomorrow, when prisoners may be sent to asteroidal gulags. Or might prisons vanish and felons roam, seeing only what society allows? Suppose, amid lavish success, we gain the superpower to fly! Will we even appreciate it... or will we find new reasons to complain? find out more

Existence

Existence

newest novel

Billions of planets may be ripe for life, even intelligence. So where is Everybody? Do civilizations make the same fatal mistakes, over and over? Might we be the first to cross the mine-field, evading every trap to learn the secret of EXISTENCE? find out more


best-selling science fiction author

DAVID BRIN novels

novels

David Brin's science fiction novels and short stories 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. Novels include bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future, including The Postman (filmed in 1997) plus Earth and Existence.

His Uplift series plunges farther, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (with star-faring dolphins!) and includes Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War.

  • all of Brin's novels and books are accessible here
  • see a compilation of representative book reviews
  • Brin's uplift page describes both fictional and scientific attempts at uplift
  • Brin's science fiction visions have expanded into alternative forms of storytelling
  • DAVID BRIN shorter fiction

    shorter fiction

    Short stories and novellas have different rhythms and artistic flavor than a complete novel. David Brin's short stories and novellas, several of which earned Hugo and other awards, exploit that difference to explore a wider range of real and vividly speculative ideas. Frequently, his shorter fiction explores the human desire (bordering on obsession!) to find or invent other intelligent life forms.

    Many of his shorter fiction has been selected for anthologies and reprints, and most have been published in anthology form; still others can be read on this website.

  • learn more about Brin's short stories and novellas
  • science fiction books Brin finds both inspiring and well worth recommending
  • recommendations for learning science and science fiction
  • film recommendations that captivate and illustrate basic science concepts

  • contact information

    for journalists: press kit
    major interviews: print, audio & video

    complete professional biography
    compilation of media: films, radio & TV

    favorite social media hangouts
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    scientist & transparency/internet security expert

    DAVID BRIN scientist

    scientist

    David Brin's Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech.

    Every science show that depicts a comet now portrays the model developed in Brin's PhD research — a spinning icy mass insulated by carbonaceous dust, with sun-heated, geyser-jets spewing particles into space. See the Astrophysical Journal paper "Three Models of Dust Layers on Cometary Nuclei" or an abstract of the dissertation: "Evolution of Cometary Nuclei as Influenced by a Dust Component."

  • Brin's complete biographical information
  • how we can best use science and technology to achieve our most difficult goals
  • exploring nearby solar systems has renewed interest in expanding into our own
  • DAVID BRIN trasnparency expert

    authority on transparency, privacy and security

    David Brin's non-fiction book, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy?, continues to receive acclaim for its accuracy in predicting 21st Century concerns about online security, secrecy, accountability and privacy.

    Other papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals cover an eclectic range of topics, from astronautics, astronomy, and optics to alternative dispute resolution and the role of neoteny in human evolution.

  • analyzing the issues surrounding transparency, security, privacy, and openness
  • how we confront and solve our 21st century challenges and opportunities
  • predictions and ponderings about our near and far futures
  • Two of the peer-reviewed articles can be read here:

    "Neoteny and Two-Way Sexual Selection in Human Evolution," (J. Social and Evolutionary Systems 18(3) 1996), speculates why we turned out so strange compared to other species.

    The lead article in the American Bar Association's Journal on Dispute Resolution (15(3) 2000), "Disputation Arenas: Harnessing Conflict and Competition," looks at how truth is determined in our four "accountability arenas" — science, democracy, courts and markets.


    in-demand public speaker & business/governmental consultant

    DAVID BRIN public speaker

    public speaker

    David Brin is best-known as a 'futurist' who speaks plausibly and entertainingly about trends in technology and society to audiences willing to confront the challenges that our rambunctious civilization will face in the decades ahead. He also talks about the field of science fiction, especially in relation to his own novels and stories.

    Throw in curiosity about science- and tech-driven change, an immersion in history/anthropology, plus an avid belief in the potential of human civilization, and to date he has presented at more than 200 meetings, conferences, corporate retreats and other gatherings.

  • Brin speaks plausibly and entertainingly about science and society
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  • DAVID BRIN consultant

    future/tech consultant

    David Brin contributes his knowledge and expertise about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education to corporations, governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies.

    Past venues include Google, Microsoft, IBM, GE, Viacom, Boeing, PayPal, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, SAP, LaBatt, Imation, Mitre, Swissnex, FiRe — Future in Review Conference (yearly since 2001), TTI/Vanguard, Service Industry Association, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, SAIC, and many others.

  • Brin can be reached through his speaking and consulting page
  • see references and recommendations for Brin's public speaking and consulting
  • here is a list of his most popular public speaking topics
  • a compilation of past speeches, appearances, conferences and meetings

  • latest news, activities & upcoming appearances

    latest news

    Kevin Tumlinson and David Brin talk science fiction for the Wordslinger podcast's 100th episode.
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    Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson interviews Brin and Boise State University professor Justin Vaughn about the ways in which our cameras-everywhere culture is affecting the candidates, presidential campaigns and us.
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    A new interview at OMNI Reboot looks snazzy and well-done, ranging from AI and apocalypse to the value, basis and future of science fiction.
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    Talk Universe has posted a four-part audio interview on asteroid mining and the space industry.
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    losing faith in blind markets?

    Oh — the irony of faith in a blind market! Time to "Stop Using Adam Smith and F. A. Hayek to Support Your Political Ideology."
    Brin's politics and economics page has more like this

    best-of lists

    Urban Developer Magazine named David Brin one of four “World’s Best Futurists” — in august company with Kevin Kelly, Michio Kaku and Ray Kurzweil.

    David Brin was recently recognized as one (#5) of the 10 "people the AI elite follow on Twitter." (Do you follow @DavidBrin?)

    third millennium problem solvers

    Do new visualization and collaboration tools help or hinder problem-solving? See this recent talk at USENIX, where Brin explores the possibilities.

    upcoming appearances


    blogger & social media influencer

    DAVID BRIN blogger

    Contrary Brin blog

    Who could've predicted that social media would play such an important role in the 21st Century — restoring the voices of advisors and influencers!

    Since 2004, David Brin has maintained a blog about science, technology, science fiction, books, and the future — themes his science fiction and nonfiction writings continue to explore.

  • Brin's posts spark lively discussions at his Contrary Brin blog
  • a compilation of his online activities
  • some call his approach 'politics'; he calls it 'restore and repair'
  • Brin's latest news, activities, articles and appearances
  • DAVID BRIN social media influencer

    social media influencer

    Who could've predicted that social media — indeed, all of our online society — would play such an important role in the 21st Century — restoring the voices of advisors and influencers! The lively and intelligent comments posted in response to BRIN's blogs, videos, podcasts and articles spill over onto his social media pages.

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  • pages about science fiction

  • Brin's novels and books
  • Brin's short stories and novellas
  • all about Brin's uplift universe
  • a selection of book reviews
  • Brin's advice for new writers
  • Brin reviews sci fi films — including The Postman
  • a compilation of great sf books to read
  • recommended sf films
  • science fiction that teaches
  • nonfiction explorations

  • The Transparent Society
  • privacy, security, accountability and transparency
  • designing and crafting our amazing 21st Century
  • predicting and projecting our near and far future
  • leading and following our politics and economy
  • keeping track of changes in science and technology
  • scanning our sky for habitable (inhabited?) worlds
  • an ornery, contrary blog, and other insightful rants!

    Do not enter if you want a standard "Party" line! Contrary Brin's community pokes at too-rigid orthodoxies, proposing ideas and topics that fascinate and infuriate.

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    A few spacetime anomalies and side-trips, for your entertainment.

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    praise for Brin's science fiction

    "David Brin is notable for unquenchable optimism, focusing on the ability of humanity to overcome adversity."
    — Los Angeles Times Book Review

    praise for Insistence of Vision

    "David Brin excels at the essential craft of the page turning, which is to devise an elegantly knotted plot that yields a richly variegated succession of high-impact adventures undergone by an array of believably heroic characters."
    — Entertainment Weekly

    praise for The Transparent Society

    "New tech is handing society tough decisions to make anew about old issues of privacy and accountability. In opting for omni-directional openness, David Brin takes an unorthodox position, arguing knowledgeably and with exceptionally balanced perspective."
    — Stewart Brand, Director of Global Business Network

    praise for Brin's public speaking

    "Your keynote was right on target and did exactly what we asked: Get minds in gear in an expansive mode."
    — Conference on Engineering Software

    final thoughts ...

    ... for this page, at least ...

    Herb Brin (1915-2003)

    Herb Brin at the Los Angeles Times

    A tribute page about my father, journalist and poet Herb Brin, appears here. The page includes access to his fascinating autobiography, "Shouting for Justice: The Journey of a Jewish Journalist Across the Century of Hitler and Israel," his two investigatory travelogues, and his internationally-acclaimed books of poetry — some with prefaces by Elie Weisel, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Several of his poems are available to read on the page.

    Herb Brin was born in the vibrant immigrant enclave of Chicago's Northwest Side and after high school staked out the beginning of his lifetime career in the brawling journalism of 1930s Chicago, covering gangland killings, corrupt politics and the aching heart of poverty.

    After soldiering in World War II, he took the advice of another great journalist, went West and back into the fourth estate. He was earning a reputation as one of the liveliest feature writers on the Los Angeles Times when he suddenly turned his back on the safe, monthly paycheck and dove bravely into the swirling waters of Jewish journalism.

    It was then that he established Heritage, which, despite glum predictions, survived, matured and thrived, and expanded into a chain of four lusty Southern California weeklies. Herb went on to become one of the most honored Jewish newspapermen of his day.

    If you feel moved to read his work, please leave a comment on Herb Brin's Memorial Facebook page.

    Also available: "The Menorah Man," a fantasy "written only for children and their dreams."