Brightness Reef (New Uplift Series #1)

Brightness Reef (New Uplift Series #1)

by David Brin

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David Brin’s Uplift novels—Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising—are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written. Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.

The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies. But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races. Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxies will discover their illegal colony. Then a strange starship arrives on Jijo. Does it bring the long-dreaded judgment, or worse—a band of criminals willing to destroy the six races of Jijo in order to cover their own crimes?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553573305
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1996
Series: New Uplift Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 744,481
Product dimensions: 4.27(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.43(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Brin is a scientist and the bestselling author of Sundiver, The Uplift War, Startide Rising, The Practice Effect, The Postman, Heart of the Comet (with Gregory Benford), Earth, Glory Season, Brightness Reef, and Infinity's Shore, as well as the short-story collections The River of Time and Otherness. He has a doctorate in astrophysics and has been a NASA consultant and a physics professor.

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ON THE DAY I GREW UP ENOUGH FOR MY HAIR TO start turning white, my parents summoned all the members of our thronging cluster to the family khuta, for a ceremony giving me my proper name—Hph-wayuo.

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Brightness Reef (New Uplift Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Winterlight00 More than 1 year ago
Very Tolkienesque in scope, theres about three good novels in this thing. Most sf writers labor to invent one convincing alien species, in this book Brin has /six/! Breathtaking in scope and depth its only flaw may be how dense the book is. This isn't "gadget" sf, Brin has created very detailed societies and fully developed individuals. If your tastes tend towards those huge immersive Lord of the Rings style novels you'll be enthralled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Readers familiar with the sweeping space opera of _Startide Rising_ or the urgent rebellion of _The Uplift War_ will find a whole new slice of life in the 'Uplift Universe' to appreciate here. This book presents an intimate portrait of six species living a hidden and illegal life together on a verdant world. Each species has turned its back on its starfaring heritage to live in an enforced rustic idyll, but the past is about to catch up with them all- and their tiny world will soon be enveloped in a chaos which might threaten every sentient species in the Five Galaxies. I deeply enjoyed this novel's intricate prose style, constant inventiveness, and well-developed glimpses into alien society and psychology. Readers who hunger for a deeper examination of 'otherness' after the brief sketches of alien psychology offered in earlier Uplift novels will find it here- vividly and believably rendered. This is an auspicious start to a highly enjoyable trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine story, well written. Brin has created a fantastic world that is somehow entirely convincing. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are considering the ebook version, it was clearly not proofed. Numerous garbled spots in the intros to chapters, which I assume were set in a different font.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a darn good book. It leaves you hanging at the end, wanting there to be more, so you are forced to buy the next book. This book ties in with his other book, Startide Rising. Make sure you read that one first. The character development is wonderfully in depth, and the story tosses in a little bit of mystery and light comedy to keep the story from getting too serious. It's a great read.
waya3k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a book that was really hard to get into.
Gkarlives on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series, but the first book is realy slow as the author sets the stage for the later books. I kept having this feeling that I should be able to predict the ending and wasn't overly suprised by it. Unfortunately, it had been a while since I had read Startide Rising and could not remeber the character so I was always a little annoyed.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike the previous book which focused solely on human civilization, this book deals with how mutliple races can co-exist on an isolated planet - or not. Mixed in is the misfit human/chimp/dolphin civilization that always seems to find trouble, somehow. Really excellent.
Spaceboy9702 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1/3. This one is only about the group of sonner races who've settled on a forbidden world. Excellent.
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