the public speaking and consulting of DAVID BRIN, Ph.D.

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 World's Best Futurists, and he was cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow.


This page features an overview for those interested in booking David Brin for speaking and consulting. Email to inquire about availability and honoraria, or check the following pages for additional background information.

speaker

David Brin has given more than 200 speeches on topics ranging from science to business, from privacy to national security. Corporations like IBM, GE, Google and Microsoft seek insights into artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality. For Boeing's centennial Brin described the next 100 years of aviation. His talks help businesses, groups and organizations think through both the near- and long-term opportunities and challenges our rambunctious civilization may confront in the decades ahead.

See the list of public speaking and consulting appearances.

consultant

David Brin consults with intelligence and defense agencies almost annually, for his big picture on threats and dangers. He has appeared as expert advisor on television shows like Nova, "Life After People,""The Universe" and "The Architechs."

See Brin's references and recommendations.

See Brin's presskit and complete biography.

See Brin's lists of print, podcast and video interviews and talks.

See Brin's traditional media and social media presence.

topics

Others want the upside! In articles, speeches and appearances he talks about the potential opportunities in science, enterprise, invention, art, space and creativity, or else the craft of writing. When people demand "out of the box," Brin asks "what box"?

See the descriptions for Brin's speaking topics.

See Brin's calendar for upcoming appearances.


DAVID BRIN speaking on the Physics of Free Will

public activities

  • DAVID BRIN's novels and books
  • latest news & information
  • information about DAVID BRIN
  • lists of interviews and podcasts
  • video interviews and talks
  • Brin's presskit and complete biography
  • traditional media and social media
  • public speaking and consulting & a list of past appearances and popular topics
  • Brin quotes
  • DAVID BRIN's bookshelf

    best-selling books and notable articles

  • novels and books
  • short stories and novellas
  • a compilation of book reviews
  • Three Models of Dust Layers on Cometary Nuclei
  • Disputation Arenas: Harnessing Conflict and Competitiveness for Society's Benefit
  • Neoteny and Two-Way Sexual Selection in Human Evolution
  • DAVID BRIN at World of Watson

    real world pages of interest

  • 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
  • DAVID BRIN in discussion

    honoraria

    David Brin's standard speaking fee has risen for commercial meetings requiring extensive travel: the greater the distance, the more likely it is that he must travel Business Class. The fee is less for events near San Diego or for non-profit groups clearly benefiting the public or kids.

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    recent appearances (01/2017)

  • "The Future of News Media" Kickoff speaker (by remote), Institute for The Future, San Francisco
  • "The Future of People" (re: Human augmentation) MIT Media Lab (by Skype)
  • TedX-LA XPrize & ANA Airlines: announce “Avatar” Prize
  • Raw Science Film Festival, judge
  • DAVID BRIN as influencer

    influencer

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

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


    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


    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 & tech 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 consultant

    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. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More


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    pages about DAVID BRIN

  • latest news and activities
  • information about DAVID BRIN
  • public speaking and consulting & popular topics
  • speaking/consulting references and testimonials & a list of past appearances
  • lists of interviews and podcasts
  • video interviews and talks
  • Brin's presskit and complete biography
  • traditional media and social media
  • Brin quotes
  • 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.

    wormholes

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

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    The 451 Group

    "Thank you again for speaking at Uptime Institute Symposium. The feedback on your presentation to 1,000+ attendees was outstanding and I personally found both the presentation, and our conversation at the reception, very stimulating."

    PayPal, eBay and BillMeLater

    "Thank you for your terrific keynote for the conference of senior managers. It was really well received and from what I hear, you got a lot of people thinking about connections to our business they might not have noticed otherwise."

    The Highlands Future Concepts Program (U.S. Secretary of Defense)

    "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."

    Qualcomm Innovation Network

    "Terrific feedback from everybody involved, David. Our people found it stimulating to converse with someone who has perspicaciously synthesized so many surprising patterns in human behavior and technology (enthusiastically) and who offers positive, pragmatic suggestions for our company evolution. One team member left 'with all kinds of ideas and motivation for being creative and innovative, both at work and outside.'"

    final thoughts ...

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

    what can I say?

    "Our most precious human gift: The wonder of curiosity. The insatiable thirst to know more about what we know... and to speculate about what we don't — and to explore this vast realm."
    David Brin

    DAVID BRIN quote

    "For we already live in the openness experiment, and have for two hundred years. It is called the Enlightenment — with "light" both a core word and a key concept in our turn away from 4,000 years of feudalism. All of the great enlightenment arenas — markets, science and democracy — flourish in direct proportion to how much their players (consumers, scientists and voters) know, in order to make good decisions. To whatever extent these arenas get clogged by secrecy, they fail."
    — from The Transparent Society