David Brin's OUT OF TIME series

Would you want to be Yanked out of time... if it meant you could help save the future?

the OUT OF TIME series

24th Century humanity has created a Utopia. No more War, Disease, Prejudice, and Crime. But also no Heroes!

So they reach across time for help ... maybe from you!

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the future needs heroes!

All our best efforts in the difficult 21st century bore fruit, and in the 24th century, people live in the very opposite of a dystopia. Only now their near-utopia is in desperate peril. Suddenly, they need heroes with grit and determination, who can teach them how to face trouble and prevail. So they reach back through time to fetch such heroes...

... but only teenagers can survive the journey from our present to the future! So the heroes they bring forward must be youths from eras teeming with troubled hope — teens from today and from deeper in the past — who are "yanked" to an uncertain tomorrow, where only their courage and savvy innovation can save the day.

David Brin's OUT OF TIME series of YA books features wholly original science fiction adventure novels, each one sending young adventurers hurtling out of today's vexing world into a future where they face real troubles, before returning home with fresh perspective.

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heroism is out of style, and humanity is out of time!

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Nancy Kress

In Yanked, the first Out of Time novel, Nebula Award winning author Nancy Kress takes you on an adventure with a 10th Century Viking girl, a New Jersey high school basketball star and a young thief from Shakespeare's London, who are yanked into a future of both promise and peril and asked to achieve what adults of that time cannot... rescue a lost star-colony. But even if they succeed, will they ever make it back home?

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Mysterious Galaxy: paperback

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Tiger In the Sky

Sheila Finch

In Sheila Finch's Tiger In the Sky (awarded the San Diego Book Award in the Youth Fiction category), a pair of teens are yanked from 1999 to a space station on the edge of the solar system, where they join forces with a time-yanked cabin boy from Sir Francis Drake‚Äôs crew — and a reconstructed saber-tooth tiger — to battle a hive-minded alien menace. But how do you fight an enemy you can't bear to destroy?

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Mysterious Galaxy: paperback

Powells: paperback

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The Game of Worlds

Roger MacBride Allen

In Roger MacBride Allen's The Game of Worlds (winner of the 2000 Hal Clement Award for best YA science fiction novel), Adam O'Connor is no stranger to trouble. But even Adam can't have predicted the brand of trouble that awaits him when he's yanked to 2345 to attend an historic meeting between humans and the warlike K'lugu and Devlins. Will he display the "grit" that only a select few in his generation possess, and become the hero that he is destined to be?

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Amazon UK: Kindle ebook and audiobook


Barnes & Noble: paperback

IndieBound: paperback

Mysterious Galaxy: paperback

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

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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

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

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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

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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    Alex Good, TheStar.com

    "The fiction of David Brin is informed by a central recurring theme as well, in his case the operation of various kinds of evolution: organic and synthetic, directed and undirected, fast and slow. This interest in dynamic change feeds into his vision of SF as an essentially optimistic form: not because he believes in 'progress' but because he believes in the ability of humankind to improve its condition."

    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

    Vernor Vinge

    "More than any writer I know, David Brin can take scary, important problems and turn them sideways, revealing wonderful opportunities. This talent shows strongly in Kiln People, a novel which is deep and insightful and often hilarious, all at the same time."

    praise for Glory Season

    "Brin's canny sensitivity about the complexities of human nature transcends gender barriers in a novel that is not so much about 'women's issues' as the necessity for change and variability. As in Earth, the author demonstrates his ability to empathize with all his characters. This complex and gripping tale belongs in most libraries."
    — Library Journal

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