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.

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The Escape

The Escape

One of the oldest notions in fantasy is a hero's confrontation with the supernatural. Humans are forever pondering some way to change the hand they're dealt. From Gilgamesh and Odysseus to Faust and Daniel Webster, fascinating characters have tried arguing with fate or divine will... or the Devil. In the genre of "debating the devil," The Escape takes a hyper-modernist and rather science-fictional take on that theme, reshuffling the deck and challenging the Grand Order of Things.
Find out more, start reading the first scene, or purchase The Ancient Ones as a paperback or Kindle ebook. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

The Ancient Ones

The Ancient Ones

Dr. Alvin Montessori is Human Advisor aboard the mostly demmie-crewed star cruiser Clever Gamble, orbiting above Oxytocin 41, a planet where something weird is going on. When the crew unreels a humungous hose down to the surface, their first contact team discovers a whole lot of 'somethings weird.' Life... death... and the living dead... will never be the same.
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Polemical Judo

Polemical Judo

Are we in phase 8 of America’s 250 year civil war? If so, the Union's side has a problem with its generals, who keep getting lured into grunt-and-shove combat, on ground chosen by the other side. The possibility of using agility to win political battles — the energy, creativity, and jiu-jitsu dexterity that foot soldiers do best — never occurs to Democratic politicians or strategists.
Find out more, read the first two chapters here, or purchase Polemical Judo as a trade paperback or Kindle ebook. (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

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. Eminent critic Paul Di Filippo offers an insightful, thorough and positive appraisal of CHASING SHADOWS.
Find out more or read "PRIVATE LIVES" here.

Insistence of Vision

Insistence of Vision

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 or read "REALITY CHECK" and "TUMBLEDOWNS" here.



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?

best-selling science fiction author



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
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  • 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.

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    scientist & transparency/internet security expert

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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 — 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."

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    best-of lists

    OMNI Online listed The Postman as one of ten science fiction books that changed the genre forever. read it here

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

    David Brin appears on onanalytica.com's list as the top individual influencer on Artificial Intelligence. read it here

    David Brin has been named a Top Quora Writer for 2017 (second year in a row). follow him on Quora

    latest news

    Thomson Reuters just published one of David Brin's best interviews about Artificial Intelligence and ways to get a "soft" singularity. His proposal re AI is (alas) not offered anywhere else, though it's the only one that can possibly work... because it already has worked, increasingly well, for 200 years. read it here

    David was interviewed about transparency, freedom and the future by the Indian magazine Factor Daily, with emphasis on India's ambitious Aadhaar Program to digitize all billion of the nation's people. read it here

    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. Brin's podcasts page has more like this

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    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'
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  • 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 advisers and influencers! Urban Developer Magazine recently named David Brin one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow.

    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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  • designing and crafting our amazing 21st Century
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  • scanning our sky for habitable (inhabited?) worlds
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    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 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."