15 Facts About David Brin


David Brin has won the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards.


David Brin graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in astronomy, in 1973.


In 2010, David Brin became a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.


David Brin helped establish the Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD.


David Brin serves on the advisory board of NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group and frequently does futurist consulting for corporations and government agencies.


David Brin has a side career in public speaking and consultation.


David Brin appears frequently on science- or future-related television shows such as The Universe, Life After People, Alien Encounters, Worlds of Tomorrow.


David Brin has participated in discussions at the Philanthropy Roundtable and other groups seeking innovative problem solving approaches.


David Brin has Polish Jewish ancestry, from the area around Konin.


David Brin's grandfather was drafted into the Russian army and fought in the Russian-Japanese War of 1905.


About half of David Brin's works are in his Uplift Universe.


David Brin has confirmed that this notion in part underscores the notion of humans as "caretakers" of sentient-species-yet-to-be, as he explains in a concluding note at the end of Startide Rising; and it plays a key role in The Uplift War, in which the Thennanin are converted from enemies to allies of the Terragens when they realize that making the world a better place and being good care-takers are core values of both civilizations.


Many of David Brin's novels emphasize another element of Jewish tradition: the importance of laws and legality, whether intergalactic law in the Uplift series or that of near-future California in Kiln People.


Still, David Brin has stated, "Truly mature citizens ought not to need an intricate wrapping of laws and regulations, in order to do what common sense dictates as good for all".


David Brin designed the game Tribes, published in 1998 by Steve Jackson Games, and wrote the storyline for the 2000 Dreamcast video game Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future.