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Sundiver by David Brin
No species has ever reached for the stars without the guidance of a patron--except perhaps mankind. Did some mysterious race begin the uplift of humanity aeons ago? Circling the sun, under the caverns of Mercury, Expedition Sundiver prepares for the most momentous voyage in history--a journey into the boiling inferno of the sun.
Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published July 21st by Bantam Spectra first published February More Details Original Title. The Uplift Saga 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Sundiver , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Christmas I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works.
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On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became Christmas I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father.
As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far. In circumstances where books two and three of a trilogy are award winners, it seems only fair to read the first book in that series to understand the full story and context.
The same cannot be said of Sundiver. Events here are mentioned briefly in the following books, but are basically irrelevant. As I said — the concept for the series is excellent. Humanity is the only known species to reach the stars without a patron, to have uplifted itself! What gives The Uplift Saga a bit of extra spice is that humans have clients of their own. This is basically a detective story. Something kooky is going down in the Sundiver Spacestation where humans are flying special ships deep into the sun and our hero, a sort of zen-psycho, is called in to investigate.
He stumbles into some galactic political machinations some jockeying for control over humans, some fighting amongst themselves and using us as pawns which are muddying the waters around a research breakthrough regarding lifeforms residing in the outer layers of the sun. Sadly the execution feels dated and… silly. The alien politics are a long way from Machiavellian and their behaviour kind of juvenile. Our hero is an oddball I never came to love. The rest of The Uplift Saga is better — do yourself a favour and skip Sundiver!
Start with Startide Rising , you wont miss much. View all 7 comments. Mar 03, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: sf. This is science fiction from and is therefore not obsessed with: 1 Computers.
This makes it rather refreshing. In this example, humans are technologically outclassed by every other space-faring species in the galaxy but are superior because their intelligence evolved naturally instead of being the result of genetic manipulation by an older sp This is science fiction from and is therefore not obsessed with: 1 Computers. In this example, humans are technologically outclassed by every other space-faring species in the galaxy but are superior because their intelligence evolved naturally instead of being the result of genetic manipulation by an older species.
Or maybe not - it's the hottest debate in the galaxy. Various species think humans are upstarts. Others - usually also younger species - kinda like humans.
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Devious, nefarious politics ensues and our protagonist gets caught up in it. A slow start leads on to an exciting Poirot-style murder mystery and then a further action-adventure in the chromosphere of the sun, where life has been discovered. Apart from being a compelling story, the main interesting thing in the book is this sun-life.
I'm sure I've come across the idea of star life before but never in as much detail. Inevitably this is the first volume of a series; I'm inclined to carry on with it if I spot the remaining volumes. View all 8 comments. I really disliked this book. This may have been due in part that I listened to the audible edition and I'm not a fan of George Wilson as a narrator.
The protagonist in this book, Jacob, is tedious and unbelievable. The author builds him up as a world-weary, zen, super scientist, martial-artist with a Mr. Hyde-like split personality that he needs keep in check.
Al the other characters in this book are diminutive to Jacob. The women in the novel are little better than 2-dimensional window dressing.
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Of course, the female captain of the Sundiver spaceship is fit, tough, incredibly attractive, lascivious and unapproachable. And, of course, it's only a matter of time before she let's down her guard and buries her head in Jacob's shoulder. I don't know David Brin's story, but Sundiver leaves me thinking that the author has a serious ego deficit that he needs to compensate for with his heros.
I decided to read this in preparation to read Startide Rising, which won the Hugo award for best novel. Unless I hear differently, I may very skip that one. View 1 comment. Mar 11, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: read I enjoyed this high concept science fiction novel. It is a fun adventure to the depths of our sun itself. Aliens, monsters, and ghosts fill the action scenes. All the while this is a novel filled with politics and racism. I liked the unfolding of the mysteries of this book, it could have been a gem. The ending plays out in an almost anticlimactic way.
It was a let down.
I will read more from him. View all 3 comments. Apr 27, Will Caskey rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi. The Uplift books are tied for my favorite sci-fi series with Asimov's original Foundation series.
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This is sci-fi at its very best. Brin goes through an astonishing number of fascinating ideas and concepts, but leaves them for the reader to peruse or discard. Want racial allegory? Prefer religion? Plenty of it.
Political intrigue? It's there by the truckload. When Brin goes into pretend-science he goes all in.