OTHERNESS

David Brin

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


DAVID BRIN's Otherness

Bantam, 1994; Create Space, 2015

Scroll down to read excerpts and to purchase OTHERNESS.


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

CONTENTS

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

CONTACT
Sshhh...
Story Notes
Those Eyes (read here for free)
What to Say to a UFO
Bonding to Genji
The Warm Space
Whose Millennium?

CONTINUITY
NatuLife ®
Piecework
Science versus Magic

COSMOS
Bubbles
Story Notes
Ambiguity
What Continues... and What Fails...

OTHERNESS
The Commonwealth of Wonder


Otherness in the world

on the web

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  • Brin's science fiction novels
  • his shorter fiction
  • articles, interviews and essays about space exploration and the seti search
  • articles, interviews and essays about science discoveries and developments
  • film & media queries

    Queries about film or media rights to any DAVID BRIN books or stories can be addressed to his film agent:
    Vince Gerardis
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    email: rightsqueries@gmail.com
    (with cc: to David Brin)


    a brief intro to science fiction author DAVID BRIN

    To learn more, visit his books page, or see his "about me" page or detailed biography.

    DAVID BRIN author

    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


    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


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

    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. 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


    future/tech advisor

    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 cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More


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  • pages about BRIN's science fiction

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  • all about Brin's uplift universe
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  • Brin reviews sci fi films — including The Postman
  • a compilation of great sf books to read
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  • science fiction that teaches
  • BRIN's 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
  • Contacting BRIN

    All the Ways in the World to Reach David Brin

    an ornery, contrary BLOG, and other insightful wormholes!

    Do not enter if you want a standard "Party" line! 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. See for yourself, and if you like — subscribe for more.

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    praise for David Brin

    "David is one of the most thoughtful and provocative speakers I have run across. He has a remarkable talent for getting inside a concept and turning it into something completely new. Before his landmark book, The Transparent Society, was written, he engaged the Highlands Forum with these ideas in open conversation. What was at the time stunning now seems to be accepted by many around the world as the society we are coming to. An amazing mind."
    — The Highlands Future Concepts Program (U.S. Secretary of Defense)

    praise for The Postman

    "Brin slathers a sober and hard-edged landscape at one turn, and in the next pinpoints with pixel clarity the humanity all jumbled up in the epic action. There are no mutant cockroaches or other absurdities. We are in the Oregon mountains, crawling through bracken, or hiding in the snowdrifts because a sniper has pinned us down. On every page we see the dirty, lined, broken faces of hardscrabble existence, but we also see them light up at the simple gesture of receiving a piece of mail from a long-lost loved one. And we see mythopoesis right in our faces."
    — SF Site Reviews

    praise for Existence

    "Science fiction fans were finally given what they crave: Real science explained and possible science dreamed, all wrapped up in an excellent story. After reading it, you feel like you've done an A-level and experienced a cultural event. Daring yet plausible, challenging yet rewarding, it raised the bar for grown-up alien contact sci-fi."
    The Sun (UK) Best of 2012

    praise for The Uplift War

    "Even the more advanced and older alien races are not just godlike beings of infinite wisdom, anymore than the Gubru and similar nasties are simply scientific demons. Brin's gift for diversity and for showing paradoxically the human side of alien races is something extremely rare in science fiction authors."
    — Fantasy Book Review

    final thoughts ...

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