· Macmillan
67 reviews

About this ebook

Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there's something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn't on the decades' old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth's infomesh about an "alien artifact."

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

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67 reviews
Ken Burnside
July 14, 2015
Because this book has been stitched together from disparate earlier works, including several of Brin's essays, you can see glimmers of what Brin used to be as a storyteller, before he became the Advocate of Transparency. The characters are mostly interchangeable talking heads, who will all rationally and dispassionately solve whatever their chapter crisis is. None have emotional resonance, all serve the plot first rather than their own motives. The section expanding on "Lungfish" is the best. And oldest.
max Manfred2030
March 30, 2016
Well it was like the singularity is near and accelerando in one book but while reading it I felt like this book is a glimpse in life starting around 2038 to 2069 c.e my perception...life by the year 2035c.e. will seem like the first chapter in the book..
Joshua Bodyfelt
September 17, 2014
Nice read, but Brin seems to think his audience doesn't remember. Great plot, lots of stuff going on, but he repeats himself.
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About the author

David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant and world-known author. His books include The Uplift Saga, Kiln People, and Existence, and his novels have been New York Times bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. Brin lives near San Diego, California, with his wife and their three children.

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