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David Brin

David Brin
San Diego, California, USA
October 06
Bio David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including New York Times Best-sellers that won Hugo and Nebula awards. His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyberwarfare, the World Wide Web, global warming and Gulf Coast flooding. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. ............................................ Brin is a noted scientist, futurist and speaker who appears frequently on television (Life After People, The Universe), discussing trends in the near and far future, on subjects such as surveillance, technology, astronomy, and SETI. His non-fiction book, The Transparent Society, deals with issues of openness and security in the wired-age. ............................................. David Brin web site: Twitter: Facbook:

Editor’s Pick
JULY 26, 2012 11:50PM

Renaming Killers -- the idea spreads

Folks have been writing in, ever since I posted the latest version of my "Names of Infamy" essay.  In fact, during just the last few days there has been a noticeable media swell - - a growing movement not to mention the name of the Aurora/Batman shooter.

As reported by Molly… Read full post »

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MAY 24, 2012 12:42PM

From SpaceX to Transparency Grenades

Huzzah for Elon and his team at SpaceX for a successful liftoff with their Falcon 9 rocket -- as Dragon now seeks to approach and dock with the International Space Station. It's a new era with state and enterprise, both being intelligent and forward-looking for a change. Let's

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APRIL 22, 2012 7:23PM

Is Technology Offering Transparency...Or Spying on us?

A look at how technology enables greater transparency...but not always both ways:

Google Goggles... or Project Glass... is finally announced.  See the official preview... and an amusing satire. These futuristic Goggles would project information directly in your field of vision, offering update… Read full post »

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MARCH 2, 2012 11:45AM

Taser Cams, Mind Reading, and the World to Come

From the Transparency front. Taser Inc -- best known for its generally non-lethal but controversial “stun-gun” devices -- has released a mini-camera (about the size of a cigar stub) that clips on to a police officer's sunglasses or collar. The camera can record two hours of video… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 26, 2012 7:59PM

Santorum Part III: The ironic winners, if he prevails

Okay, we've had a brief survey of our generation's would-be Nehemiah Scudder. Just last week's short list  of recent "Santor-isms" was enough to give any modern or compassionate or sane person the creepy heebie-jeebies. Do you doubt that I could go on and on?

Scary?  Sure. Can one… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 21, 2012 7:33PM

Rick is on a Roll! But Man is not the measure of all things

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is truly on a roll.  Feeling his oats, he has been laying down a hardcore line. And if this one week is any sample, we are in for one heckuva ride.

He started by impugning President Ombama's religious faith as "phony theology." This… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2012 1:29PM

Are Taxes Historically High or Low?

Okay, so it's 2012 and you can expect a regular rhythm of postings that are... well... political.


To listen to Republicans, you would think we have the most oppressive tax rates ever, with the federal government hogging ever larger portions ofRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2011 10:08PM

Science Fiction for Young Adults: A Recommended List

What books can we give our teens that don't mire them in a swamp of  vampires, domineering wizards or nostalgia for feudalism? These are a few of my personal science fiction favorites for young adults, weighted more toward SF and a little common sense mixed with lots of… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2011 9:08PM

Arguing with Your Crazy Uncle About Climate Change

Forget "left-versus-right." Or even arguments over taxes. The centerpiece of our current Phase Three of the American Civil War is the all-out campaign to discredit science.

Elsewhere I show that the War on Science is part of a much wider effort to destroy public trust… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 8, 2011 5:56PM

The Steve Jobs Experiment: Outcomes Report

Steve Jobs had a knack for seeing the adult in a child, the grownup product that an infant idea could grow up and become. Looking at the toy computers that hobbyists soldered in their 1970s garages, he envisioned people like you and me wanting vastly more capable… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 6:39PM

"Class War" and the Lessons of History

One aspect of our re-ignited American Civil War is getting a lot of air-play. It is so-called “class war.”

That's the tag-line ordered up by Roger Ailes. The notion: that any talk of returning to 1990s tax rates - way back when the U.S. was healthy. wealthy, vibrantly… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 1:51AM

Competitive Enterprise or Idolotry of Property?

Even conservatives now admit that conservatism has changed.  Take the Ronald Reagan who Republican activists idolize in abstract; in real life he raised taxes, increased regulations, signed environmental laws, and (worst of all) negotiated countless compromise give-and-take, pragmatic measures i… Read full post »

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JULY 11, 2011 1:25AM

Transparency Wars Continue...


The Silicon Valley Metronews features my article “World Cyberwar And the Inevitability of Radical Transparency.”  The topic is both ongoing and ever-new. I discuss how WikiLeaks ignited the first international cyber war -- and how pro-business laws enacted to promote the growt/Read full post »

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JUNE 5, 2011 8:42PM

My Top Choices in Science-Oriented WebComics


We all need a break from time to time. Where can you turn for a bit of lighter side of science online? It's elemental: Here's a look at some of the best, totally nerdy, science-oriented online comics. Listed in no particular order, this is only a sampling of the… Read full post »

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MAY 16, 2011 2:50PM

The "No-Losers" Tax Simplification Proposal

Let's take a pause for a flight of fantasy, and imagine that we still had an America where political negotiation was possible, and people might listen to a "positive sum" proposal... one in which (at least in theory) almost everybody ought to be able to win. Yes, it is as far-fetchedRead full post »

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MAY 6, 2011 12:34AM

Paranoia has many roots and levels

As one who nurses a few conspiracy theories of his own -- but only ones that fit the Seven Secret Rules of Plausibility ;-) -- I actually find most of the run-of-the-mill-kneejerk stories, concocted by modern loonies (not only on the far right, but also plenty on the far-left and even… Read full post »

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APRIL 9, 2011 12:50AM

The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy?

Why are SF and Fantasy so often grouped together? Obviously, because they share readership and so are well placed together in book stores. And... heck... some of us write both! Still, there are very real differences.

Look, fantasy is the mother genre -- e.g. Gilgamesh, the Illad, Odyssey and most reli… Read full post »

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MARCH 14, 2011 2:24AM

The Japan Tragedy, nukes, maturity, uplift and more...

There are so many levels I want to write about, in responding to the horrible tragedy in Japan. I'll offer just two that come to my stunned mind, and follow up later.

First of all, this is breathtaking in its transfixing horror. The images and video footage show both how technologically advanced… Read full post »

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JANUARY 27, 2011 3:04AM

Things Obama Did Not Have to Say - But Said Anyway

The president’s State of the Union Speech was - at long last - the one I wanted him to give. It went after the very poison that has so sickened the United States of America. His call for us to shake off the Cult of Future-Hatred, indulged in by both right… Read full post »

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MAY 10, 2010 7:48PM

Saving Capitalism from Neo-Feudalism

First, regarding the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a few notes:

1) The dome-capture solution was stymied by “icy” methanic hydrates on the deep ocean bottom.  What this demonstrates - on the side - is that these clathrate hydrates are all over the place, not just in ar… Read full post »

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MAY 4, 2010 3:37AM

Perspectives on SETI and Aliens

Responding to Stephen Hawking's new Discovery Channel program, I debated the "alien threat" on Larry King Live with Michio Kaku, Seth Shostak, and actor Dan Aykroyd (who pushed UFOs.)

The format - four smart. sure-of-themselves egotists, being interviewed by a fifth - made for some very short but avi… Read full post »

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APRIL 30, 2010 1:27AM

Here comes the debate over the other kind of aliens...

Alert!  There's a 60% chance I will be on LARRY KING LIVE (CNN) Friday at 9 ET (6 PT) in a rushed-together debate about “aliens” with Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute and the actor Dan Aykroyd....

 ...all in response to a flurry of interest that’s been stirred by Stephe… Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2010 7:21PM

A historic victory for the manic side.

Okay, phew.  So it is done. Journalists call the Health Care Bill "epochal and transforming"... even though it merely (and gradually) tweaks what remains by far the most capitalistic and least "socialist" system in the industrial world.  Despite armageddon rhetoric, watch how quickly (I giv… Read full post »

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MARCH 25, 2010 11:00PM

A Sensible - if Radical - Solution for Greece.

 I'll offer my own, typically off-angle, view of the Health Care Bill and its implications for America's ongoing civil war, soon.  Till then, I just want to jot down a quick thought on another matter -- the current European economic crisis, precipitated by near bankruptcy of the nation of… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 28, 2010 2:00PM

Water and Wrenches: a rational approach to Mars & beyond

Someday, Earth civilization will send emissaries to Mars. Over the long run, the task of exploration cannot be left only to robots. If we are ever to know Mars from a human perspective we must have eyes on the ground, feet in the soil. People offer unbeatable advantages of intelligence and… Read full post »