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David Brin

David Brin


10/6/1950, Los Angeles, California

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Glen David Brin, DaveBrin, Glen Brin
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David Brin began his career as a scientist, and worked in the engineering and space sciences field while he was writing. His writing career took off, and while he still writes non-fiction papers on science, he's more often likely to incorporate the science into his science fiction novels…more


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  • Trivia

    • David will be a Guest of Honor at the WorldCon 2007, held in Yokohama, Japan, from August 30 - September 3, 2007.

    • In 2002, David wrote a novel, Kiln People; this novel was nominated for the Hugo, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel in 2003, however, it came in second for all three awards.

    • The novel Otherness (1994), which is a collection of short essays by David Brin, won the LOCUS Award in 1995 for Best Collection.

    • David's novel, Glory Season (1993) was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1994 in the category of "Best Novel".

    • David's 1991 novel, Earth was a nominee for the Hugo award for Best Novel, but came in second.

    • David's 1987 novel, The Uplift War won the Hugo and LOCUS Awards for Best Novel (in 1988) and was nominated for the Nebula Award as Best Novel.

    • David's novel, The Postman (1985) won the LOCUS Award as well as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel; it also won the American Library Association Award for "Best for Young Adults". It was also nominated for Best Novel for both the Hugo and Nebula awards.

    • David's second novel, Startide Rising (1983) won three prestigious science fiction writing awards: the Nebula, the Hugo and the LOCUS Awards for best novel.

    • David's first sale of fiction was his 1980 book, Sundiver.

    • In 1973, David received his Bachelor of Science from Caltech University; in 1977, he received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from UCSD, and in 1981, he received his Ph.D. in Space Physics from UCSD.

    • David was listed as one of the "Top 10 Short Subject Writers of 2005" by Amazon for various non-fiction articles that he wrote.

    • David is a member of the SETI Protocol Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Astronomical Union. He assists in setting the guidelines for what to do in case an extra-terrestial, non-human, intelligent signal is ever detected.

    • David Brin will be the Writer Guest of Honor at the WorldCon in Japan in 2007, Nippon 2007, to be held in Yokohama.

    • In 1990, David Brin wrote the novel Earth, in which he predicted such things as the interactive and collaborative projects on the internet, such as "Wikipedia".

  • Quotes

    • David Brin: The adversarial process -- the tug and push of contrary views -- helps us to improve, both as individuals and as a culture.

    • David Brin: If you really are a writer, you will write! Nothing can stop you.

    • (about criticism)
      David Brin: A deep and pervasive flaw in human character makes all of us resistant to the one thing that can help us to do better.

    • (advice to novice authors)
      David Brin: Make the book hard to put down -- in order to feed the cat, go to work, go to bed. Your aim is to make the reader appear at work or school tomorrow disheveled and groggy from sleep deprivation, with all of their loved ones angry over book-induced neglect!

    • David Brin: I found myself forced to admit that science is hard! I am much better at art -- making up vivid stories -- than I ever was at laboring honestly to discover new truths. ... My fellow citizens pay me better to write novels than they ever did to work in a lab.

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