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"Lying still, Gordon felt a sad poignancy — something like homesickness. The jeep, the symbolic, faithful letter carrier, the flag patch ... they recalled comfort, innocence, cooperation, an easy life that allowed millions of men and women to relax, to smile or argue as they chose, to be tolerant with one another — and to hope to be better people with the passage of time." — The Postman
This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth.
Gordon was a survivor — a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating bio-war.
Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it Gordon begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.
The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream. This best-selling and award-winning novel (NOMINEE: 1986 Nebula and Hugo Awards; WINNER: Locus and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards for best novel; "Best" from the American Library Association) is widely considered the most universally "accessible" Brin novel, for those who don't normally read SF.
"This tale of struggle against chaos, by mayors and university professors and postmen, had a 'what if' flavor that was too poignant for him to consider for long." —The Postman
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OMNI Online listed The Postman as one of ten science fiction books that changed the genre forever.
"As many of you know, a movie version of The Postman premiered December 1997 ( watch the film's theatrical trailer), and was promptly killed by both Titanic and attacks by cynical critics. If you missed it, do see it in video. It's a flawed and uneven but ambitious rendition of my story, with some stirring moments and wonderful visual imagery that make it well worth looking at. Though I could complain about lots of things, it's far better than the critics said... though not what it could have been if Costner had stayed closer to the book."
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The Postman has been translated into Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Here are some of the covers of the foreign and foreign-language publications.
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-Rae Lee
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins
The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
bInternment, by Samira Ahmed
The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders
The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters
The Freedom Artist, by Ben Okri
Infinite Detail, by Tim Maughan
Wanderers, by Chuck Wendig
"The Postman will keep you engrossed until you've finished the last page."
"A moving experience ... a powerful cautionary tale."
"The world Brin draws is terrifying; the metaphor of the postman and his lie is thought-provoking."
"An engaging novel, serious and light-hearted, with all the charm and innocence of a Frank Capra film ... A post-holocaust tale that is inspiring, often moving and (strange as it may sound) fun to read."
"A thoughtfully-written book ... As good story-tellers do, Brin fills the book with life-and-death struggles, disappointments and triumphs."
"A memorable tale of humantity, fueled by love and hope, rebuilding in the face of almost insurmountable odds."
"Brin successfully and dramatically deepens his theme of responsibility in surprising and provocative ways."
"Thoroughly well done, offering absorbing reading ... It also represents an encouraging development — post-holocaust novels that are neither survivalist fantasies nor 'awful warnings.'"
"An aventurous and entertaining read. It has similarities to Walter Miller's classic masterpiece, A Canticle for Liebowitz, but is clearly a work with Brin's distinctive stamp on it."
"I quite enjoyed this novel and found it uplifting in the message of a regular man who had greatness thrust upon him and came to realize that he had to take responsibility. The movie, starring Kevin Costner, is also good but diverges a good bit from the book, especially in the second half. As is often the case, the book is better."
"This intriguing, well-written story explores the power of symbols and of belief and the difference an individual can make."
"A warm, enchanting tale. David Brin offers a fine cast of strong, compelling characters. The Postman is the story of the illusions that give meaning to our lives and give people a reason to build civilizations."
Our modern day struggles may not be born of a disaster of epic proportions, but more than ever do I see these two conflicting archetypes emerging in our own society as it becomes increasingly polarized. The harsh survivalists... the counter to the Musketeers 'All for one. One for all' bent on their own self-interest and independence versus the weak who gather as beacons of community and the champions of mans responsibility towards their fellow man. On which side do you lay? Which side will survive the struggle in the end?"
"The Postman has a lot to offer. Far superior to most novels that deal with what happens after mankind drops the big one. Although it is a novel that deals with despair and destruction, it is mainly about hope, as well as the fine line that separates myth from history."
"Storytelling of a high order ... the book's theme is a mature one. Brin offers a wealth of philosophical speculation and draws us into contemplation of whether our leaders have the right to act in ways that violate our futures."
"A highly persuasive, often gripping, and warmly involving odyssey."
"The Postman is a marvelous tale of adventure. Perhaps we should all read it before our mail gets returned stamped 'Addressee Unknown — No Forwarding Address.'"
"Brimming with life, emotion and hope. The Postman is a wonderful antidote for creeping cynicism and fashionable despair."
"Brin's characters are strong ... He portrays the survivor's problems on an individual level. He reminds us that there is more to lose in a war than just life ... Here is a timely reminder that although a 'minor' nuclear war might not destroy life on earth, it would still be the end of life as we know it."
"Brin makes telling points about the fragility of the pleasures and privileges we take for granted in modern America. But it is very much an adventure story as well."
"Brin is a natural storyteller. The Postman is an entertaining yet disturbing work which offers a reaffimation that dreams die hard, and dreams of a civilized world die the hardest of all."
"A thoughtful story, both memorably and gracefully told. Highly recommended."
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
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
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
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'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
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
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
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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"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
Like E E "Doc" Smith before him, Brin gives joy and imparts a Sense of Wonder; but he also thinks about the near world.
"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
"It was a great honor to have you speak on campus. I am a huge fan of your books, and you did not disappoint in person. You achieve a rare combination of originality, intellectual rigor, and fun."