Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, #2) by David Brin

Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, #2)

David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written. Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time. Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race. But the greatest mystery of all remains unsolved: who uplifted humankind?The Terran ...

Details Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, #2)

TitleStartide Rising (The Uplift Saga, #2)
Release DateSep 1st, 1983
PublisherBantam Spectra
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Hugo Awards, Science Fiction Fantasy, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Aliens, Audiobook

Reviews Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, #2)

  • Bradley
    I've been reading this book over the decades and I can still honestly say that it's both timely and timeless in its ideas, its story, and its characters. That's even taking into account that most SF eventually dates itself or becomes a humorous example of just how much we all eventually learn.This one doesn't suffer at all. Since the eighties this still remains a mind-blowing and fantastic space opera of the kind I still have yet compare anything...
  • Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd a.k.a Mario
    One of the most interesting ideas in this second part of the series is the evolution of language, the forming of its complex meaning and how culture defines how the habitat is perceived and described. And dolphins rock.Some thoughts about the evolution of language and different ways to communicate:Humans adapted to many environments with special words, cults and worshipping standing out elements of nature. Animals may develop similar attitudes an...
  • unknown
    A good way to illustrate the utter failure of the Star Wars prequels on just about every level of storytelling imaginable is to ask someone to describe the characters without talking about their jobs or their costumes. [Come on, try it: Queen Amidala. Oh, she looks like a Kabuki... wait, no. She's the queen... I'm sorry. Um, her hair. She's... normal?] The characters in Startide Rising suffer in much the same fashion. Aside from the fact that the...
  • Clouds
    Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got marri...
  • Guillermo
    I just couldn't get into this enough to merit me reading over a hundred pages more to get to the conclusion. I have no problem using different points of view to tell a story, ala GRRM, but if the characters aren't in any way engaging and have no personalities to speak of, it just becomes a jarring and disconnected experience. This is the second Uplift novel I read, the first being Sundiver, and while I love the concept and the universe of Uplift,...
  • Christopher
    Undoubtedly one of the stupidest books I've ever read. I'm not sure what's worst, the talking dolphins who can smile, the chimpanzee planetologist who smokes a pipe (I think), the horribly written dialog, the fact that the aliens are more believable characters than the humans, or the fact that somebody thought it would be a great idea to use dolphins to run starships since, as we know, such a large percentage of planets have water on them that ob...
  • Apatt
    I like this book well enough but I feel like I should like it more than I do, it has everything a good sf novel should have. Vastly imaginative, epic, some humor and good characters. Unfortunately I have a problem with the structure of this book, the cast of characters is too big and the author switches character POV too frequently. This type of structure reminds me of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, except that the GRRM books...
  • Josh
    When someone who doesn't like science fiction explains why, the most common reasons are:1. The plots are incomprehensible or boring2. There ideas were too fantastic to relate to3. The characters aren't interestingAnd if we're talking about Startide Rising...they are completely right. This is the kind of book I would recommend if I wanted to cement a non-SF-reader's dislike of the genre. It's disappointing because the premise in the Uplift Saga is...
  • Stephen
    3.5 stars. A science fiction classic that doesn't quite live up to the title of masterpiece. The concept of "uplifting" and the manner in which David Brin incorporates it into the universe he has created in these novels is brilliant and definitely worth checking out. Writing is just okay. Still, great world-building, fascinating aliens and a pretty good plot. Not Brin's best but worth reading, Recommended!!Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fict...
  • Gendou
    Dolphins in space, wielding psychic powers, hide from a diverse gang of aliens on a watery planet.They uncover some unlikely mysteries, and fight some bad guys.I did like the Tandoo "acceptor" race, they were pretty awesome.Aside from the two pages dedicated to the acceptors, the book is shit.It should really be classified as fantasy, because science only serves as a vocabulary reference pool.The only clever moment in the book was when the dolphi...
  • Wanda
    Very engaging sequel to Sundiver, although it takes place 200 years in the future from that book and some of the threads that I would have liked to see pursued got dropped in the process. Oh well, this was still an excellent book {and better than the first one IMO). The dolphin crew of the star ship makes for interesting technology and the crew themselves makes for a lot of Machiavellian drama, as we explore the perils of fooling about with the g...
  • Chloe
    This is a book that could only have come from that special chunk of weirdness that we collectively call the 1980s. Only in this era was there the necessary mixture of Utopian dreams, crystal-wearing self help-addicted Gaia worshipers, and rampant amphetamine abuse to make a story about genetically uplifted dolphins piloting spaceships through the galaxy sound like a good idea. Mind you, this is the same decade that brought us Spock swimming with ...
  • Denis
    A.C. Clarke had "uplifted" type animals in some of his novels and stories, "Fountains of Paradise", "3001 (A Space Odyssy)", but this series by David Brin, is more akin to Hal Clement's "Mesklin's" series. Many strange alien invented by the author, who speak colloquial American English, "Change to 33 1/3, I can't follow that jabber!" an alien knows about record players? Really? "Have you any plans for lunch'" says an uplifted dolphin, "I still ha...
  • Mike
    Much better than rather clumsy SUNDIVER.STARTIDE RISING won HUGO and NEBULA awards in 1983.There are some good parts and it has an epic dimension but it is to long and,to be honest,a little boring.Overall,not bad,but overrated.
  • Kogiopsis
    After 2014’s SFWA ‘censorship’ kerfuffle, I hadn’t planned on reading any David Brin… but that wasn’t something I remembered when this book showed up at the library used bookstore, and I’m weak for the idea of sentient dolphins in sci fi, so… here I am.The big ideas of this book were what intrigued me: the concept of uplift, the mystery of the Progenitors who uplifted the first other species, and the question of what the planet Ki...
  • LindaJ^
    This book started a bit slow for me. It took me a bit of time to get used to Dolphins operating a spaceship. I skipped the first in the series because this book, the second in the series, is on the list of best sci-fi books ever of that the members of Sci-Fi Aficionados GR group have identified. I've been slowly working my way through that list. It worked well as a standalone for me. Loose ends were not left hanging - yes, there are some things t...
  • Andreas
    I haven't read the first book Sundiver in Brin's Uplift Saga, but this novel seems to work pretty fine as a standalone novel. It is one of the rare books to win three awards - Hugo, Nebula, and Locus - in a year. Back in the 80s, I've read huge amounts of books, but missed this one. I'm very happy to have filled this gap now, since I liked this planet opera very much.Planet opera? It isn't really a space opera, because not much is happening in sp...
  • Tam G
    3.5Dolphiiiins iiiinnnnn Spaaaaaaaaace. Really that's almost everything you need to know. The Good: The visual of dolphins piloting starships and riding around with robotic tool-hands. Dolphin language like Haiku. A whole rigid universal hierarchy. Genetic manipulation. Intense complex world-building. The No-so-good: Like all things we love the Good has a flip side which annoys us. Probably too long for what it is. Too many characters sometimes d...
  • Bryan
    Should you read this book? Yes.Do you need to read the first book in the Uplift Trilogy, Sundiver? No, but it's also dope and I think you probably should because Brin is a genius.Does it have biologically uplifted dolphins as a majority of the main characters? Yes.Did it win both the Hugo and the Nebula awards when it came out? Yes.Did it deserve to? ABSOLUTELY!Mankind's place in a cosmos is fascinating in the Uplift Trilogy. So if you're in for ...
  • Buzz H.
    This is David Brin's finest space opera, and I recommend it. I find Mr. Brin's writing uneven, novel to novel. Startide Rising, though, is excellent.
  • Benjamin Thomas
    If you’re looking for interesting, thought-provoking, hard science fiction, you could certainly do worse than this second novel in the “Uplift Trilogy”. Even though it is the second book in a trilogy, it takes place more than 200 years after the events of book one (Sundiver) and has no connected story threads or characters so can easily be read without having first read book one. In fact, I recommend doing just that as I believe this novel ...
  • prcardi
    Storyline: 4/5Characters: 2/5Writing Style: 2/5World: 4/5Everything that was wrong with the series first, Sundiver, is still present here, albeit diminished. Everything that was good with the predecessor is still here in Startide Rising, albeit amplified. There's still a problem with a) too much going on, b) too many far-future, new-fangled contraptions and abilities, c) cartoon-like creatures, and d) difficulty making all the components fit.Some...
  • Mark
    In reading my way through the Hugo Award winning novels, I've come across many books that I loved, and many more that were well worth reading. There have been a handful of disappointments, books that failed either to live up to their potential or to earn their accumulated praise. But I've enjoyed none of them less than Startide Rising.This is a comprehensively unsuccessful work. Brin's failure here is not merely one of imagination, though the pos...
  • Valerie
    I am fascinated by the idea of aquatic pilots---I think that they would understand space differently because underneath is not a hard stop. All of the details about how a mixed aquatic and non-aquatic crew could live and function on the same ship were fascinating, I also really liked the communication difficulties.I can't wait to read more books by Brin, this one gave me so much to think about.
  • Mark
    Think this is my favourite David Brin. Certainly the first I read (after the Analog serialisation.)Spaceships and dolphins. Who'da thought it? Better than SeaQuest DSV....
  • Thom
    In its day, this book won the Nebula, the Locus, and the Hugo awards. It is a sequel to Sundiver, the second in a trilogy called the Uplift Saga. It was also the sophomore effort by author David Brin, and for me, it didn't quite measure up to either the previous book or its own awards.The universe he created for this series is vast and populated by some really interesting species. This book shows Humankind as the local upstarts, primarily by focu...
  • Mitchell
    Another re-read, this time for powells sf book club. It was especially interesting to re-read this after reading some of my friends negative reviews.A long time ago I made a list of 10 favorite books of all time in no particular order and this book was on it. It was eventually replaced by The Uplift War. I don't recall all the books that were on the list at the time but I know it included Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, Jonathan...
  • Robert
    Initial bad prose and slow pace give way to a serviceable space operatic thriller. There's some irony in humanity being portrayed as having left racism behind when the author only mentions the skin colour of one human character. You guessed it - that person is black. This is subtle, unconscious and no doubt would mortify Brin if ever brought to his attention, but it illustrates that our biases are deep-rooted and often hard to identify in oneself...
  • Daniel Debbini
    Changes perspective so often that I got whiplash. Too many 1 in a million plots pulled off consecutively, the entire plot development feels enormously contrived. Awkward handling of male female relationships (Toshio and Dennie) that reminded me the book was written decades ago. Extremely stark good vs evil with zero in between and extremely little motivation for evil.And yet, I still read the whole thing easily so that deserves 3 stars. I kept wi...
  • Craig
    This is probably the best volume in Brin's "Uplift" series. He does an excellent job of creating convincing alien characters and alien civilizations, mixing action and politics, and portraying an epic, galaxy-sweeping back drop to the vast, over-all story. One of my favorite observations is that the redoubtable Heinlein-esque male character is marooned out of the action while his girl friend has to go out and save the day.