is an American Science Fiction
writer, creator of the Uplift
universe. He is also the author of a highly amusing (and packed end to end with puns and references) novel called The Practice Effect
, and wrote the storyline to Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future
Brin gained a measure of notoriety among Star Wars
fans for printing a blisteringly critical series of essays regarding that universe's philosophies and messages. These were later compiled into a book with Matt Stover
called Star Wars on Trial
Brin is probably the best known of the authors sometimes referred to as "the Killer B's", which also includes Greg Bear
and Gregory Benford
. The three are often credited with helping to revitalize hard SF
after the rise of Cyberpunk
. They became associated when each wrote one volume of a prequel trilogy to Isaac Asimov
Works by David Brin with their own trope pages include
Tropes found in his other works include
- Absent Aliens: A recurring theme; two instances are the short stories "The Crystal Spheres" and "Lungfish".
- Aesoptinum: "The Giving Plague".
- Cyber Punk and Post-Cyberpunk: A recurring theme (expressly stated in his nonfiction) is that the choice between Cyber Punk and Post-Cyberpunk depends on whether we try to restrict the benefits of technology to the "proper authorities" or make them available to everyone.
- Gendercide: In Glory Season, a space ship of feminist colonists goes to a far, far away planet in order to create a perfect society. The women are in charge, and whenever one of them finds their 'niche' in society, they clone themselves over and over. There are men left alive, because the scientists knew that if their society was completely stagnant, eventually something would kill them. So, we have the clone children, or "winter children" who are the majority of the population, and then "summer children" who are born when men who have proven themselves useful get to vent their genetically suppressed lusts during the summer. The summer children are also called "variants", and the protagonist's goal through the book is to find her 'niche' and be allowed to have a clone child.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: Explored in Kiln People, in which people download their personalities into short-lived clay golems which they use for work and pleasure. While these golems are regarded as totally expendable, no-one risks their real self any more, and for someone to suffer even minor injury is quite a scandal.
- Living Gasbag: Glory Season has the zoor, flying jellyfish-like creatures which range from twenty meters up. Sailors like to tie ribbons and messages to their tentacles, and the larger ones can lift a child.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child:
- The key to the Big Bad's plan in Kiln People.
- In "Thor Meets Captain America", the Nazi Holocaust was an ambitious and successful attempt at industrial-scale necromancy.
- Rule of Fun: Makes it clear that his Star Wars On Trial articles are primarily for fun even if they're written as Serious Business.
- Romanticism vs. Enlightenment: His views fall firmly on the Enlightenment side, with many criticisms of Romanticism both in fiction and real life.