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Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4)
Brightness Reef - Uplift Storm, Bk 1 - Uplift, Bk 4
Author: David Brin
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.  But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races.  Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxie...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553573305
ISBN-10: 0553573306
Publication Date: 10/1/1996
Pages: 659
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 96 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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joyceanne avatar reviewed Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4) on + 47 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
David Brin has written quite a few novels by now, but my favorites are the Uplift series. In chronological order within the novels, these are: Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War, Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, and Heaven's Reach (on a side note, I love his titles, and the poetry in the books that they come from). They are not exactly light reading, but they're very well done if you like complicated plots.

In the future in which these are set, mankind has genetically altered both dolphins and chimpanzees (and are possibly going to add dogs to the list) to be more intelligent and capable of human speech. They managed to do this just before the other sentient beings in the universe discovered humanity's existence, which is the only thing that kept some of these other species from immediately taking humans in hand for some reengineering. Galactic culture is based on this proces of uplift, where more advanced races alter the genetics of proto-sentient races in a long chain back to the Progenitors. Because humanity uplifted two species before we were discovered, that gives us the status of patrons, rather than clients which can be altered in whatever manner the patron species chooses. Which leads to some messy Galactic politics, as some races are not happy at all about the status or presence of humanity, which is a "wolfling" species - a species whose patrons seem to have abandoned them. Which is where the novels begin.
acarrot avatar reviewed Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I find Brin's writing a little dense as fiction goes, but he's well worth the little extra effort to read. As with many trilogies, this one takes a while to get off the ground -- but once it gets rolling, it's quite a ride.
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reviewed Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4) on + 55 more book reviews
This is an interesting look at how society can change if given the chance. David Brin's Uplift universe is a very positive look at how humanity handles itself when faced with older, wiser (?) species.
reviewed Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4) on + 18 more book reviews
Very good author...enjoyed the book
sealady avatar reviewed Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4) on + 657 more book reviews
First in a "new" Uplift Trilogy -c. 1995. David Brin is so good. Return to his future universe the planet Jijo, the Five Galaxies

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