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The Postman

By David Brin

Rating: 4 stars

In a post-apocalyptic America, a travelling minstrel stumbles on the uniform of an old US postman and his life is changed forever.

I really enjoyed this book. As well as being a page-turning adventure story, it was about hope and the things that can build and destroy it. The protagonist is an idealist and it’s his internal battles that drive a lot of the plot. Definitely worth reading.

Book details

ISBN: 9781857234053
Publisher: Orbit
Year of publication: 1985

Otherness

By David Brin

Rating: 5 stars

This is an excellent collection of short stories and essays by Brin. The stories don’t really have much of a theme, but the essays all touch on Brin’s theme of ‘otherness’: a valuing of diversity and change.

The essays are good, but the stories are uniformly excellent. In particular, Dr Pak’s Preschool left a lingering sense of unease after it, and is certainly not one that I’ll forget any time soon. Those Eyes (an alternative explanation for UFOs) and The Warm Space (biological and artificial intelligence tries to co-exist in the solar system) are lighter and left me with a smile, while they still have an edge to them. Even What Continues… And What Fails…, although it started off slowly grew to have some enormous themes, as well as ideas that were just thrown away, which could have formed entire novels themselves. Highly recommended.

Book details

ISBN: 9781857233100
Publisher: Orbit
Year of publication: 1994

The River of Time

By David Brin

Rating: 4 stars

This is an excellent collection of short stories, split into four sections: destiny, recollection, speculation and propagation. There are very few misfires amongst this collection, but The Crystal Spheres and The Loom of Thessaly stand out (the latter being a Hugo award winner). Definitely one for people that like hard science fiction in particular.

Book details

ISBN: 9780553173987
Publisher: Bantam UK
Year of publication: 1986

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