David Brin


David Brin is a scientist, public speaker, and author.  His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards.  His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web*.  A 1998 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on The Postman.  His fifteen novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.  Brin serves on advisory committees dealing with subjects as diverse as national defense and homeland security, astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology.  His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- deals with secrecy in the modern world.  It won the Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association.  As a public "scientist/futurist" David appears frequently on TV...  including, most recently, as a cast member in the new History Channel show -- The ArciTECHS.  Brin's papers in scientific journals cover an eclectic range of topics from astronautics, astronomy, and optics to alternative dispute resolution and the role of neoteny in human evolution.  His Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Space Institute and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  David's novel - Kiln People - has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a future when new technology enables people to physically be in more than two places at once.  A hardcover graphic novel "The Life Eaters" explored alternate outcomes to WWII, winning nominations and high praise in the nation that most loves and respects the graphic novel.  David's science fictional Uplift Universe explores a future when humans genetically engineer higher animals like dolphins to become equal members of our civilization.  He also recently tied up the loose ends left behind by the late Isaac Asimov.  Foundation's Triumph brings to a grand finale Asimov's famed Foundation Universe.  As a founding contributor to Amazon.com/shorts, the online publishing venture for short stories and essays, David was a "Top Ten Author." His essays poke at convention and question comfortable assumptions.  As a speaker, David Brin shares unique insights -- serious and humorous -- about ways that changing technology may affect our future lives.  Brin lives in San Diego County with his wife, three children, and a hundred very demanding trees.  For more information, drop by http://www.davidbrin.com/


Recently published - The Life Eaters (big DC graphic novel) Star Wars on Trial (criticism)

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DayTimeTitleDescriptionParticipants
Thu1500The ArchiTECHSTake a bunch of geniuses, give them a problem and 48 hours to solve it, then let the cameras roll to watch it happen. Two pilot episodes of this series aired on USA's History Channel. With an introduction by GOH David Brin.David BRIN
Fri1200Guest of Honor David BRINDavid Brin's Guest of Honor presentation. This speech will be aimed primarily at the English-speaking audience.David BRIN
Fri1400The Transparent SocietyDavid Brin wrote "The Transparent society". In it he claims that current information technology kills privacy and that we must all adjust. Related concepts are scattered through his fiction. Is it possible to put social and legal limits on the processing of private information, now and in the future?Charles STROSS, Chris COOPER, David BRIN, Dr Andrew A. ADAMS
Sat1000Kaffeeklatsche David BRIN
Sat1200David BRIN Reading with Origami PlayA Reading and origami program by GOH, David Brin.David BRIN, Kazuo SUMIYA
Sat1400The Killer B'sSF eagerly explores change driven by science and technology. David Brin, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, Vernor Vinge and Stephen Baxter are known for successful predictions and forecasts that frighten and inspire. They were asked to complete Isaac Asimov's epochal "Robots & Foundation" universe. Some of them are here at Worldcon. Ask them what's next!David BRIN, Gregory BENFORD, Robert SILVERBERG
Sat1600The ArchiTECHSTake a bunch of geniuses, give them a problem and 48 hours to solve it, then let the cameras roll to watch it happen. Two pilot episodes of this series aired on USA's History Channel. With an introduction by GOH David Brin.David BRIN
Sun1000Guest of Honor David BRIN (translated)David Brin's second Guest of Honor presentation, with material aimed for the Japanese and international members.David BRIN
Sun1300Autographs David BRIN
Sun1400Kaffeeklatsche David BRIN