INSISTENCE OF VISION

by DAVID BRIN

provocative stories from a modern master of science fiction


"Brin succeeds on all fronts, and if you like your SF hopeful, with a side order of forward-thinking “what-ifery,” this is the collection for you. Highly recommended." — Tangent

DAVID BRIN's Insistence of Vision

Story Plant, 2016

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What may we become? How will we endure?

The future is a daunting realm, filled with real and imagined perils. So enter it prepared!

Here are vivid tales about possible tomorrows, from the keen eye and colorful pen of David Brin. 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?

In "Mars Opposition," you'll experience an alien invasion like no other, confronting humanity with a stark and terrible choice. On the other hand, might fantastically potent new beings emerge out of ourselves, as revealed in "Chrysalis"?

Featuring guest appearances by Gregory Benford, Jules Verne, and Galileo, this adventure takes you beyond the very singularity in "Stones of Significance," pondering what could happen after humans are like gods. And "Reality Check" asks one of you readers — just one of you — to wake up!

And in "Temptation," we make a novella-length return to the world of the Hugo winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War.

Tomorrow awaits. We can face it and prevail. So long as our stance is brave willingness to look ahead ... with insistence of vision.

excerpts to read (or hear)

The Logs (complete story available on the podcast Novum, read by Ari Brin).

  • The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss (complete story available here)
  • Temptation (chapter 1 available here)
  • Reality Check (complete story available here)
  • Learn more about all of Brin's shorter fiction here.

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    table of contents

    table of contents

    Introduction by Vernor Vinge
    The Heresy of Science Fiction

    what we may become
    Insistence of Vision
    Transition Generation
    Chrysalis
    Stones of Significance
    News from 2035: A Glitch in Medicine Cabinet 3.5

    how we'll endure (tales of the Coss Domination)
    The Logs (available on the podcast Novum, read by Ari Brin)
    The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss
    Eloquent Elepents Pine Away for the Moon's Crystal Forests

    when we overcome
    Mars Opposition
    A Professor at Harvard
    I Could've Done Better, written with Gregory Benford
    Paris Conquers All, written with Gregory Benford
    A Retrospective by Jules Verne

    who we'll meet
    Fortitude
    An Ever Reddening Glow
    The Diplomacy Guild
    The Other Side of the Hill

    where we will go
    Temptation: A Novella from the Uplift Universe
    The Avalon Probes
    Six Word Tales
    Reality Check (read on this site or free on Kindle)

    why we'll persevere
    Waging War with Reality


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    novels

    David Brin's science fiction novels 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. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More


    shorter fiction

    Short stories and novellas have different rhythms and artistic flavor, and 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. Many have been selected for anthologies and reprints, and most have been published in anthology form. Learn More


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    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. Learn More


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    Brin 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. To date he has presented at more than 200 meetings, conferences, corporate retreats and other gatherings.Learn More


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    Brin advises corporations and governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was appraised as "#1 influencer" in Onalytica's Top 100 report of Artificial Intelligence influencers, brands & publications. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More

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