"By chant and incantation — and with the active collaboration of my clients, the readers — I create images, characters, alternate realities in other minds." — Otherness

"A really great volume of Brin's work. Surprising and startling pieces, with the brilliant "Detritus affected" and excellent "Piecework" as major highlights. Very highly recommended for the human tone of the writing as well as the narrative and sheer quality of prose. Excellent stuff." — Amazon.co.uk review

DAVID BRIN's Otherness

Create Space, 2015; Bantam, 1994

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ever wonder at the shape and nature of the universe?

In Otherness, a collection of tales and essays of the near and distant future, humans and aliens encounter the secrets of the cosmos — and of their own existence.

In "The Giving Plague" (SECOND PLACE: 1989 Hugo Award for Best Short Story), a scientist discovers the horror of a new strain of virus. 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. Scroll down to see the complete list of contents — with access to read more excerpts.

Otherness was WINNER: LOCUS Award for Best Collection 1995.

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table of contents


The Giving Plague — read here for free, or download on Smashwords, iTunes ibook, Barnes & Noble's nook, or Amazon's kindle (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)
Myth Number 21
Story Notes
Dr. Pak's Preschool
Detritus Affected
The Dogma of Otherness — read here for free

Story Notes
Those Eyes — read here for free
What to Say to a UFO
Bonding to Genji
The Warm Space
Whose Millennium?

NatuLife ®
Science versus Magic

Story Notes
What Continues... and What Fails...

The Commonwealth of Wonder

a brief intro to science fiction author DAVID BRIN

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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

Contrary Brin blog

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. Learn More

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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! Lively and intelligent comments spill over onto Brin's social media pages. Learn More

DAVID BRIN 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. Learn More

transparency expert

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. Learn More

speaker & consultant

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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