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Startide Rising [Paperback]

David Brin
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Feb. 1 1996 Uplift
The second in the "Uplift" series and winner of the Hugo and Nebula award, this novel describes how a spaceship crew of dolphins and a genetically engineered human find an ancient fleet and cadaver. They must fight to carry their prize of knowledge and power back to Earth.

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In its original paperback editon of 1983, this novel won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Brin's extensive revisions make this first hardcover edition an SF event. What remains most impressive is the complex background of political, cultural, linguistic and many other connections and missed connections among innumerable different species. Against the backdrop of an ancient spacefaring conglomerate, whose shared traditions have not halted their wars, the upstart Earthlingshumans, dolphins, chimpanzeesalso stand divided. Brin raises questions not only of understanding but of ethics, for a "patron" race may genetically uplift another only to indenture them. His depiction of the dolphins' gains and losses now that they've become space pilots is particularly moving. Although Brin's characterization and storytelling are less adept here than in the work he has since written, this is one of the outstanding SF novels of recent years. November 22
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre."
--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars a good story well written - great characters July 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The thing that really made me love this book was the chapter that introduced the dolphin captain, Creikeiki. In a few short pages, Brin paints a picture of a weary, courageous leader, a poet, a genius, a wise and gentle soul. By the end of the chapter I loved Creideiki more than I've cared about most other fictional characters, with the possible exceptions of the Opera Ghost and Ender Wiggin.
Other than that, the novel is a very good sci-fi action story. Lost in space, out-of-order and under seige, out-gunned, out-numbered, etc. It's a fun read and all the other characters are three-dimensional and well-developed. I'd give it five stars if the rest of the writing was as fantastic as that first chapter about Creideiki, but it's still high-quality. Brin is a rising star in the world of science ficiton.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Compelling Sci-Fi June 14 2004
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In 'Startide Rising,' David Brin imagines a vast universe full of extra terrestrials and rich histories. The human and dolphin protagonists of the novel find themselves caught within a galactic war, but the plot focuses on the more intimate struggles of the starship crew and their exploration of a mysterious water world. Mr. Brin infuses his book with a motley cast of likeable characters, interesting plot twists, and some genuinely tense fight scenes. This excellent combination makes 'Startide Rising,' if not a real classic, a fun and fast-paced adventure novel well worth reading.
The novel's ending, however, leaves several major plot points hanging (no doubt concluded in subsequent novels) and diminishes the intelligence of the villains in favor of a happy ending. Despite these minor flaws, 'Startide Rising' remains a compelling and enjoyable read -- especially if you're looking for a good sci-fi novel to relax with at the beach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great ones! June 12 2004
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Reading Startide Rising was as much fun as I have had with a Science Fiction novel. It is fast paced as well as epic in scope, with interesting charactors. I won't try to summarize the plot here, many of the other reviews have done this already.
It can certainly be read as a stand alone novel, however both Uplift Trilogies are worth reading (the only average book in the series was Sundiver - the first, which takes place generations before the rest of the novels).
I loved this book when I was 16 and I love it now that I am slugging through my mid thirties!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brin Does It Again. April 22 2004
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David Brin never ceases to amaze me. His creations are so detailed that you feel like you are there experiencing them. In "Startide Rising" he creates a breathtaking universe where humans are the bastard sons. It is a universe where every alien race is 'uplifted' to sentience. Humans are the only ones that haven't been. Most of the five galaxies hate us because of it. We have our friends, but they still look at us as if we're the little 'wolfling' children that haven't grown old enough to leave the block. We humans have in turn uplifted Chimpanzees and Dolphins.
The book is about a Dolphin commanded starship that discovers a clue to our Terran heritage that any of our enemies would love to get their hands on. The information accidentally leaks and the Streaker goes into hiding with enormous fleets following it's every move. The ship land on the water world of Kithrup. Geological, galactic political, and inter-ship political problems ensue with big fights strewn through out.
This is a very informed book that is detailed and entertaining at the same time. You don't have to read "Sundiver" before reading this book, but "Sundiver" does explain the politics a little better. I suggest everyone read this because it is way too good to pass up. It did win both the Hugo and the Nebula awards. I give it five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better and better as it progresses April 5 2004
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David Brin has invented an interesting universe in which to set his "Uplift" (also known as "Earthclan") series. It is a crowded universe - sort of Star Wars-esque in its level of weird and wonderful inhabitants. The variety arises from a tradition of Uplift, wherein a sentient species genetically modifies another species so it can attain sentience as well. The uplifted species' debt: 100,000 years of indentured servitude! The added wrinkle: every species that is currently uplifting others was itself uplifted in the distant past. This is an ancient universe where innovation consists solely of hunting through the galactic library looking for forgotten information.
Humanity enters this universe with two distinct differences: an abhorance of slavery, and a skill at innovation that is alarming to the pompous patron races of the galaxy. Mankind has uplifted two species: dolphins and chimps. They have set them free as equals (instead of demanding the 100,000 years of slavery), further appalling the elder races. However, all of this information is background - it's a testament to Brin's skill that he weaves all this background into the story (along with the introduction of numerous extraterrestrial races) without specifically devoting long passages to it.
The main plot - a dolphin-crewed ship (along with a few human overseers) has discovered a derelict fleet. As they try to head back to Earth with the info, they are ambushed by many E.T.'s intent on stealing their find. The ship seeks refuge on a water-covered planet as the crew tries to make repairs and escape their pursuers (who battle each other in space overhead).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Someday I'll bother to finish this one...
Halfway through this book I simply lost interest in dolphin "poetry" and the presumably exciting struggles of the crashed crew and put the book down (quite likely never... Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by Neil Sorenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Topnotch escapism, but don't expect anything more
This is the second volume of Brin's Uplift Trilogy. The first volume, Sundiver, is only notable for introducing the concept of the Uplift - the idea that a scientifically advanced... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Dave Deubler
3.0 out of 5 stars "Talking dolphins"
Despite the fact that I wasn't terribly impressed with Sundiver, I read the sequel Startide Rising. You could review this book with two words: "talking dolphins. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Adam Missner
5.0 out of 5 stars forget the trilogy concept, read this book
The first uplift trilogy isn't. Unilike the second trilogy, all the books in the first stand on their own. Sundiver is a forgettable detective SciFi novel. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2003 by R. Morrell
1.0 out of 5 stars A very sad disappointment
Again I feel David Brin ideas are great but things are never well explained plus he never tells the whole story. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by Felicia Demonico
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writer but not so good story!!
This book is written alot better than the first, Sundiver. I feel David Brin has brillant ideas but its never well put!! This book actually isn't half bad. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2003 by Jimi Dracutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugo and Nebula Award
I must say that I am compelled to read every Hugo- and Nebula-winner story for I think that if they were awarded it is because they must have something special. Read more
Published on June 27 2002 by J R Zullo
4.0 out of 5 stars While somewhat muddled, an excellent science-fiction story.
The second in the first Uplift trilogy, "Startide Rising" is an immense improvement over the first book in the series, "Sundiver". Read more
Published on May 21 2002 by "arxane"
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