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Earth Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1991

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (May 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055329024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553290240
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 4.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #466,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Weaving an epic of complex dimensions, Brin ( Startide Rising ) plaits initially divergent story lines, all set in the year 2038, into an outstandingly satisfying novel. At the center is a type of mystery: after a failed murder attempt, a group of people try to save the victim, recover the murder weapon, identify the guilty party and fend off other assassins, all the while being led through n + 1 plot twists--each with a sense of overhanging doom, because the intended victim is Gaea, Earth herself. The struggle to save the planet gives Brin the occasion to recap recent global events: a world war fought to wrest all caches of secret information from the grip of an elite few; a series of ecological disasters brought about by environmental abuse; and the effects of a universal interactive data network on beginning to turn the world into a true global village. Fully dimensional and engaging characters with plausible motivations bring drama to these scenarios. Brin's exciting prose style will probably make this a Hugo nominee, and will certainly keep readers turning pages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA-- Brin uses the escape of a manmade black hole that is eating away at the Earth's core and a plausible future of sophisticated, instant universal and global computer data linkage and retrieval to reexamine, explore, and expand upon the themes regarding genetic creation and advancement begun in Star tide Rising (1983) and The Uplift War (1987, both Bantam). There is an element of suspense and intrigue as the characters scramble to define, find, and solve the black hole damage before each other and before it's too late. Although less engaging than the previously mentioned books, this is timely in its investigation of current ecological issues and includes a welcome annotated bibliography and list of environmental organizations and addresses. --Joan Lewis Reynolds, West Potomac High School, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I first read Earth in the early nineties and was fascinated with the science and technology that David Brin projected so realistically to 2038. His concept of the arks and Oceania as well as the societal changes caused by the loss of the ozone layer seemed all too real. I enjoyed re-reading it over 20 years later to find that some of his thoughts had been crystallized in the internet and World Wide Web. His characters are interesting although numerous and he links them throughout the story imaginatively . His description of the Waitomo caves in New Zealand inspired me to visit the area in 1995. I think the book was a better read in the early nineties but would still recommend it as a good and interesting sci-fi novel. I am not well versed in black hole science but enjoyed the whole endeavor in trying to create, capture,and tame the one at the earth's core. I tried reading other of his novels but found they were too weird compared to Earth.
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As he says in the introduction, Earth is David Brin's most optimistic view of what the future will look like. The fact that the planet he depicts is on the knife edge of environmental collapse and disaster shows us just how serious he believes our current problems are. This book could be classified into many different sci-fi subgenres; the Dystopian Future, the emergence of the Singularity, and of course the standard Planet in Peril storyline. The wrecked and dying planet provides the dystopian feel, and the discovery of a miniature black hole in the interior of the Earth gives the characters a deadline and a problem to solve. (I won't spoil the Singularity storyline.)
The characters in the book are realistic enough, but in some cases entirely too sane and well adjusted to be interesting. The three most interesting characters are a trio of teenagers who only appear in short blurbs in between major sections, while the ostensibly main characters have predictable, reasonable, plausible emotional reactions to the craziness going on around them.
The reach of the story is impressive, but it relies on several gimmicks for resolution that leave one feeling a little disappointed. Although this book was obviously meant to have several parallel storylines all but one of them is somewhat neglected. When one of these side stories turns out to be key in the resolution of the book the reader can be forgiven for wondering why it wasn't given more focus, or at least a more convincing lead-up and explanation.
Despite all this, David Brin is a very talented author, and this book is an enjoyable read. Coming from anyone other than the author of the Uplift books I would have expected less and been more pleased. If you've never read a book by Brin before start out with Startide Rising or The Uplift War first.
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After reading the final page and closing the book, I felt like I read 800 pages of a story that I didn't care too much about.
OK, Brin does a good exercise in imagining what would be the Planet's conditions fifty years after he wrote the book. But that's it. In the middle, just so the story would have a plot, there's the thing about the black hole graviting through Earth's central core, and the struggle of a team of scientists to stop it and to find who was responsible for it.
I think Brin tried to hold all the world with this book, and came up with a flat story. Yes, it's nice to read some of the passages concerning ecological development in the Planet for the next half century, but that was about it. The characters appearances were so spaced and so inocuous that I didn't feel related to them; in fact, in the end I couldn't care less if they were able to save the planet or not. There's something else with Brin's books: he uses some complex concepts and explains very little of them. Sometimes the reader, being ignorant about the science facts that he's reading about, stops trying to understand, and then the story looses most of its fun. We could see this problems, altough in a minor scale, in books as "Startide Rising" and "The postman". I think Brin likes to create his stories trying to pass to the readers a sense of mistery that sometimes doesn't work well in science fiction.
"Earth" could be better developed in lots of aspects.
Grade 6.8/10
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"Earth" is an epic novel by one of the greatest SF authors of our time. Author of "The Postman" and the Uplift Series, David Brin is nothing but magnificent. Reading this book reminds me of such masterpieces like "Dune" or "The Lord of the Rings." Although it is not as good as those other books, "Earth" does offer something new.
The book takes place in 2038. The Earth has been devastated by global warming. The USSR never fell. Canada, China, Russia, and Switzerland are the superpowers. South Africa never abolished apartheid. The United States is falling apart because of side-effects to global warming. Immigrants who are not accepted into open countries go to the Sea State (A State made up of floating cities and boats. Sort of like Water World.) for acceptance.
The book opens up introducing us to Alex Lustig, George Hutton, and Stan Goldman. They were doing secret research to harness a black hole as an energy source, but they failed and the black hole sunk into the center of the Earth endangering the whole planet.
We then meet Jen Wolling. She a biologist working on the Ark Project in South Africa. The Arks are enclosed environments that are created to keep the remaining endangered species from becoming extinct. We also meet Nelson Grayson, a black Canadian who immigrates to South Africa to see where his ancestors came from. Jen discovers that he is bright and she takes him under her wing and becomes his teacher.
There are several other characters like the three Indiana teens, the astronaut Teresa Tikhana from Texas, Logan Eng, his ex-wife Daisy, and their daughter Claire. There are so many characters in this book that it would bore you to tell you all about them, you'll just have to read the book.
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