David Brin

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b. 1950

David Brin is an American science fiction writer, astrophysicist, and NASA consultant. His novels are often classes as hard sci-fi and contain themes of technological impacts, social morality and responsibility, social and biological evolution, and the dangers of self-righteousness.

He is best knows for his Uplift series, and several books in this series have won or been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus SF awards, including Startide Rising and The Uplift War.

Brin has also written numerous award-winning short stories and essays, most notably criticising the Star Wars movies and The Lord of the Rings.

QUOTES:

"It's said that "power corrupts," but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power." [from The Postman

"I hate the whole ubermensch, superman temptation that pervades science fiction. I believe no protagonist should be so competent, so awe-inspiring, that a committee of 20 really hard-working, intelligent people couldn't do the same thing."

"Learn to control ego. Humans hold their dogmas and biases too tightly, and we only think that our opponents are dogmatic! But we all need criticism. Criticism is the only known antidote to error."

"Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on."

"Every marvel of our age arose out of the critical give and take of an open society."