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Year after year, humanity has survived the main pitfalls awaiting us - natural disasters, nuclear war, rising seas. But when an alien artefact is found floating in Earth's orbit, it pushes our troubled world to the brink of chaos.

Is this a message in a bottle bringing peace and enlightenment from the stars? Or a warning, threatening to destroy what little stability mankind has achieved? The world is divided - holding its breath. Soon we will know the secret of existence.

Brilliant and gripping, David Brin's novel of the near future is the work of a modern master of science fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 44mm | 454g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Digital original
  • 0356501736
  • 9780356501734
  • 111,294

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A masterpiece of rock-hard SF SUN
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Take a world soaked in near-future strangeness and complexity . . . Add a beautiful alien artifact that turns out to be the spearpoint of a very dangerous, very ancient invasion . . . Hotwire with wisdom and wonder . . . Existence is as urgent and as relevant as anything by Stross or Doctorow, but with the cosmic vision of Bear or Benford. Brin is back * Stephen Baxter * In Existence, David Brin takes on one of the fundamental themes in science fiction - and what is also one of the fundamental questions humanity faces in this century. Since Brin is both a great storyteller and one of the most imaginative writers around, Existence is not to be missed * Vernor Vinge * The seriously clever Brin has spent a lot of time thinking about big questions - and has devised a highly original yet plausible version of alien contact * BBC Sky at Night * An impressive introduction to one of SF's major talents * Publishers Weekly * EXISTENCE may be Brin's masterwork * LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS * Existence is bursting with ideas, including near-future tech, first contact with aliens, and the exploration of what it means to be human * io9.com * Brin tackles a plethora of cutting-edge concepts... with the skill of a visionary futurologist ... [conveying] the depth and breadth of his startling future. Existence is Brin's first novel in 10 years, and it's been well worth the wait * GUARDIAN * Cleverly argued and uncomfortably plausible * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * A masterpiece of rock-hard SF * SUN *
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About David Brin

David Brin is the acclaimed Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of over fifteen novels, including the classic Uplift series, THE POSTMAN (translated into 25 languages around the world) and the critically acclaimed EXISTENCE. He has a doctorate in astrophysics, and has been a consultant to NASA and a graduate-level physics professor. He lives in California.
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5,501 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,461)
4 38% (2,074)
3 24% (1,340)
2 8% (443)
1 3% (183)
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