David Brin classics with gorgeous new covers from Orbit

Following the release of Existence, David Brin’s first new book after 10 years of absence, Orbit will reissue the author’s best-known works. The beautiful new covers in the style of the UK edition of Existence are a great incentive to add any missing titles to one’s collection. If you like sweeping space stories fueled by bold ideas, chances are you will like the Uplift books, too (I haven’t read The Postman). If I have to recommend just one title by Brin, though, that would have to be Earth. In scope and ambition it is much akin to Existence, but slightly better focused, plus its ideas and predictions are still relevant after more than 20 years since its publication.
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http://www.orbitbooks.net/2012/08/10/cover-launch-existence-and-the-new-look-david-brins/

Existence – David Brin

After ten years of absence, David Brin is finally back with a new novel. Reading Existence, it is not difficult to imagine how that monster of a book took so much time to write. It is huge, not merely in terms of word count, but also in terms of conceptual volume. Brin’s 1990 book Earth is a similar creature – teeming with predictions, explorations and interpretations of the near future, ultimately succeeding on most levels. Existence has inherited that DNA, but the author has raised his latest brainchild with even greater ambition. It is not just the near future that is in focus here but the whole timeline of existence, its image refracted through the lens of human civilization. That’s right, the novel’s title aptly summarizes all the numerous threads that make the book, because they all eventually point to that very concept. What is the purpose of life and intelligence? Is survival in the cold universe possible? How do we even define different modes of existence and how do we understand them better? These are the questions that run throughout the text and the curiosity, meticulousness and imagination with which Brin tackles them on every page make Existence a notable event on the SF horizon. Continue reading

Two promising SF releases today!

Two interesting new books came out today. One is Existence, which I have been expecting for a long time. If it is comparable in scope and ambition to Earth, then it will be a truly great SF novel.

The other one is a curious collaboration between Terry Pratchett and hard sci-fi author Stephen Baxter, called The Long Earth.

If all is well and there is time, I will try to post reviews of the two in the coming weeks. With new novels from Alastair Reynolds and Kim Stanley Robinson already out, and with Rajaniemi’s The Fractal Prince coming out in September, 2012 is shaping up to be a decent year for SF.