Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His Campbell Award winning novel The Postman was adapted as a feature film and starred Kevin Costner in 1997. David Brin’s nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association and the McGannon Communication Award.
Brin was born in Glendale, California in 1950. His ancestors come from Poland, from the area around Konin. His grandfather was drafted into the Russian army and fought in the Russian-Japanese War of 1905.
In 1973, David Brin graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in astrophysics. At the University of California, San Diego, he earned a Master of Science in applied physics in 1978 and a Doctor of Philosophy in space science in 1981.
Brin is a 2010 fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He helped establish the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination (UCSD). He serves on the advisory board of NASA’s Innovative and Advanced Concepts group and frequently does futurist consulting for corporations and government agencies.
Brin consults and speaks for a wide variety of groups interested in the future, ranging from Defense Department agencies and the CIA to Procter & Gamble, SAP, Google and other major corporations. He has also been a participant in discussions at the Philanthropy Roundtable and other groups seeking innovative problem solving approaches.
Brin has a very active side career in public speaking and consultation. He appears frequently on science or future related television shows such as "The Universe," "Life After People," "Alien Encounters," "Worlds of Tomorrow," and many others. He briefly was a regular on the challenge design show "The Architechs" in which "five geniuses" were challenged to solve a major problem (e.g. new ways in and out of burning buildings) in 48 hours.
Brin’s body of science fiction, when taken as a whole, is normally categorized as hard science fiction, in that most (not all) works apply some degree of plausible scientific or technological change as partial plot drivers. Exceptions include the graphic novel The Life Eaters, in which Norse gods assist the Nazis. Earth and Existence were notable near future extrapolations that explore 30 year trends. Fans and readers maintain a web site tracking and scoring Brin’s fictional and nonfictional predictions, especially from Earth.
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David Brin – Sundiver (read by George Wilson)
David Brin – Startide Rising (read by George Wilson)
David Brin – The Uplift War (read by George Wilson)
David Brin – Brightness Reef (read by George Wilson)
David Brin – Infinity’s Shore (read by Erin Jones)
David Brin – Heaven’s Reach (read by Erin Jones)
David Brin – Otherness (read by Stephen Mendel)
David Brin – The Practice Effect (read by Andy Caploe)
David Brin – The Postman (read by ???)
David Brin – Earth (read by David DeVries and Kristin Calbley)
David Brin – Glory Season (read by Claire Christie)
David Brin – Kiln People (read by Andy Caploe)
David Brin – Existence (read by Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L.J. Ganser)
David Brin – Foundations Triumph (read by Roy Avers)
David Brin – River Of Time (read by Stephen Mendel)
David Brin – Heart Of The Comet (read by Gabrielle De Cuir, P.J. Ochlan, Stefan Rudnicki)
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