Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #1) by David Brin

Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #1)

David Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written.  Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.  But over the centuries it has been...

Details Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #1)

TitleBrightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 1996
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Space, Space Opera

Reviews Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #1)

  • Bradley
    This happens to be one of those books that is both brilliant and lacking at the same time. I will explain myself. The novel is actually quite as daunting and impressive as Startide Rising and The Uplift War in it's way, but it's mainly because Brin doesn't ever stint on world building. Ever. He goes all out and develops tons of alien races, tons of characters, and a great many implications for the amazingly complex alien culture among the 16 gala...
  • Ben Babcock
    You cannot ask for a better premise than Uplift. Of all the science fiction series I've read, David Brin has something special here. Uplift is more than just panspermia, because Brin has taken the idea of aliens genetically engineering pre-sapient life to full sapience and wrapped his own entire mythos around the concept. As a result of Uplift, galactic civilization is a network of intricate social relationships defined and bound by literally mil...
  • David B
    Six sentient species live together secretly in hard-won harmony on the planet Jijo, which the almighty Galactics have decreed to be left unsettled. All goes well until their discovery by a starship crewed by humans with a mysterious purpose throws everything into chaos and uncertainty.David Brin is telling a big story here. The planet and the various alien cultures upon it are meticulously detailed and his concept of Uplift, whereby races achieve...
  • Bunny Blake
    I read the first three Uplift novels back when they were fairly new, and since then they've been one of my favorite brainy space opera series. Recently I marathoned through the initial trilogy again and was pleased to discover there were three more books in the series since then.The Uplift books are a great mix of adventure, world-building, and scientific speculation, and the alien races portrayed in these books are especially great. "Brightness ...
  • prcardi
    Storyline: 4/5Characters: 3/5Writing Style: 3/5World: 5/5Asx, qheuens, traeki, khuta, Hph-wayou, hoonish, Jijo, Zang, Izmuti, g'Keks, glavers, the Great Buyur, Alvin, Mister Heinz, Guenn Volcano, Terminus Rock, Joe Dolenz, Mu-phauwq, Yowg-wayou, humicker, Huck, Becky, Pincer-Tip, wrigglers, Ur-ronn, urs, Uriel, Mount Guenn, urrish, uttergloss, Drake, Ur-jushen, Holy Egg, er, hoon, Biblos, Aph-awn, Ur-Tanj, noor, Wuphon, mulc-spiders, Uncle Lorben...
  • fromcouchtomoon
    Lots of good talking points in this return to Brin's Uplift universe: interrogating ideas of humanity and sapience, cultural imperialism, and feminist commentary. But it's just so damn long and unwieldy!
  • S.
    I've read most of David Brin's Uplift Universe, but I actually started with this particular series, and despite it being the final trilogy, I can say with confidence that it's a mighty fine place to start. To this day these three books remain my favorite Brin novels.Not only is David Brin an absolute master of Hard Science Fiction, his work is a good antidote to the pile of young-adult-inspired-barely-feasible-dystopias that are currently floodin...
  • Bria
    A high four. Some of my favorite things were things that I appreciated in thought more than enjoyed as I read it, but that may be my harshest critique. I sometimes complain that science fiction is so concentrated upon its jawsome ideas that it forgets to also be literature, but the sort of self-aware literary technique in the secondary story line seemed a bit out of place sandwiched between the more conventional sections. Perhaps if the whole boo...
  • Eric
    Spoiler alert: There are no bright reefs in here. Brin has taken two words that he likes, put them together, and named his story that. He then filled up 650 pages with multiple threads of a tale that I'm not all that interested in. This book is at least 3x longer than it needs to be. I can summarize:1) There are various aliens who have come into illegal exile together for various reasons. Their motivations are slowly revealed.2) Their plan is to ...
  • Darth
    Not sure why i keep at theses Uplift books. I dont by the setup - I am not overwhelmed by any ideas in the story, the setting, the premise, etc...They arent bad, they just dont do much for me. I find it hard to imagine people taking species responsibility over the course of thousands of years. It is hard to get most people who study a specific thing - to agree what happened 100 years ago. So to think we or any like species would carry any guilt f...
  • Tatiana
    These are getting better, though the author still has some writing quirks that annoy me. These last three Uplift books are apparently all one long story. The first one, Brightness Reef, introduces us to the planet Jijo, and to the six erstwhile starfaring races that dwell there in exile illegally. Some of the storylines and characters are quite captivating, like that of Rety and of the Stranger. Others like Alvin, Huck and friends, I wish to get ...
  • Mercurybard
    This was a hard one to muddle through--it wasn't until I realized that this trilogy is contemporary to the events of the Uplift Trilogy that I started to get interested.Brin is experimenting with perspective--from the alien Asx to the Stranger who has lost all language when introducted to Alvin, the young hoon who tells his story in a first person journal style.Of course, since it's Brin, the intrigue is thick.Gone are the weird time passage "bur...
  • Kelly Flanagan
    This is a good book.the 6 different species on the planet Jijo are well created and interesting. There was lucklily a picture at the end of the book and after looking at that I understood the shape and parts of the different types of aliens there. There is also an interesting idea of 'Patron' species. In other words a species that takes another fledgling group and begins to uplift them. Genetically changing them slowly as well as teaching them th...
  • Matt
    I used to be a voracious reader, and although I find that my reading time is now taken up by other communication methods (iPad, Internet, etc.) I still enjoy reading a good book, or listening to audiobooks. So, I've gone back and started listening to one of my favorite series of books by David Brin called the Uplift Trilogy. It's really a long story set after the events of Startide Rising, which is the keystone book in his whole Uplift "universe....
  • Andrew Riley
    The second Uplift trilogy, or the Jijoian Trilogy is set in a universe where species are raised to sentience by a Patron race, to whom they then owe one hundred thousand years of servitude as a thank you. Humanity, having already raised Chimps and Dolphins to sentience stumble out into the galaxy at large without a patron race, making them rare "wolflings" generally doomed for extinction lacking protection in what is often a dangerous and violent...
  • Manuel Barrera
    An excellent primer on the future and present diversity of life from a scholar, physicist, and humanist. David Brin's "new" (to me) trilogy in the Uplift saga is smart in its depiction of sentient speciation in a universe likely to be much more diverse than we may believe at this moment. However, the power of Brin's works lie in his illustrating the very human diversity, and our individual responses to it, that we encounter every day in this worl...
  • Paul
    Well done start to a new Uplift trilogy. I was wondering what was going to distinguish this one from the others (which all seemed to be somewhat self-contained stories), and it turns out that these next three books all follow roughly the same story. One thing to be warned about, though, is that while this book seems mostly self-contained, it's probably worth reading the earlier Uplift books, particularly the latter two, Startide Rising and The...
  • Don Goodrum
    David Brin is a champion world-builder of the first order and his entire Uplift series is one of the most unique and original SF ideas I've ever read. Humanity's distinction in these books as a "wolfling" race that dared to engineer it's own evolution is provocative and casts Earth in the position of outsider and rebel both in galactic politics, living under a constant Sword of Damocles that could destroy life on Earth at any moment. The stories ...
  • Durval Menezes
    This book is really *slow*, like the one in the anecdote where nothing happens for three hundred pages and then someone else's aunt dies? Yes, that kind of book, except here it was like *five* hundred pages.Overall this book tells a story that could have been condensed down to two hundred pages and not lose much if anything, but takes almost seven hundred pages to do it. I liked the original Uplift trilogy very much, but I don't think I will be r...
  • Elar
    Lonely planet left for recuperation for next settlers is actually occupied by 6 different races of refugee aliens including humans. Every faction has secrets and ambitions, but till now they manage to live together in peace. After starship arrives everything changes. And to mix it all up strange man who cannot speak and do not remember his past is rescued at sea.Caution! This book is intended as only part of trilogy as it leaves many questions un...
  • Amy
    The new Uplift trilogy continues the adventures of the crew of Streaker, though they don't figure much in the first volume. It takes place on the distant planet Jijo, where members of several different Galactic races (including humans) have colonized illegally. These "sooners" live in constant fear of discovery by Galactic authorities. It's a great story but you keep wondering when the Streaker is going to make an appearance.
  • Kirk Lowery
    Brin is an excellent writer, no matter that his cosmology and worldview is upwhacked. In particular, the Uplift series of books are especially inventive and entertaining.
  • Adam Whitehead
    The planet Jijo is home to representatives from six different races, each hiding from the Civilisation of the Five Galaxies for their own reasons. Most of their high technology has been abandoned, lest it lead pursuers to them, but at great cost peaceful coexistence between the six races has been achieved. At the time of the Gathering representatives from these races meet to discuss the future...but this Gathering is interrupted by the arrival of...
  • Dylan Harris
    The fundamental theme behind David Brin’s various Uplift series of novels makes me feel uncomfortable. But that’s a good thing; one of the strengths of science fiction is that it can be used to explore uncomfortable themes without the associated cultural baggage.The Uplift series explores race and racism without obvious reference to the terrible history of the first half of the 20th century. This allows Brin to consider this deeply disturbing...
  • Gary
    Remember the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll? It is filled with nonsense words, but if you carefully track the context clues it makes some degree of sense. It is beautiful to roll off the tongue, but a slight strain to the brain as you try to make sense of it.So too is Brightness Reef. I don't know if it was written in Galactic Two or perhaps Galactic Six, but it sure weren't writ in Anglic. It was fun to read about non-bipedal aliens. It was f...
  • Laurie Sand
    The depth and richness of detail in this book is both its saving grace and its downfall. The environment, species, and cultures of Jijo feel absolutely believable, but the experience of getting to know them so intimately is like moving to a different planet and having to familiarize yourself with it in REAL TIME. I feel like I just spent several weeks with a bad case of culture shock. The book doesn't have a story arc so much as a massive data du...
  • Cliff
    The planet Jijo has become the home for six sapient species without the knowledge of those who control the five galaxies. All six have come to an understanding that they will live in peace and not use any technology that may leave a lasting trace. The novel is long, probably too long as much could be cut without anything being lost from the main thrust of the storyline. Why has scifi become so verbose? The whole of Asimov's Foundation trilogy is ...
  • Blue Gargoyle
    As with each book in the preceding trilogy, the fourth installment continues the overall story of 'wolfling' humans, dolphins and chimps struggling against greater powers in the five galaxies. And as with the other books, it once again is most successful in introducing another new central group of characters. This time, rebel/outcast groups of some of the greater and fallen galactic powers are working together, on what should be a fallow planet, ...
  • Sarah30
    I honestly have to say I found this book hard to read and tiresome in the extreme. I try always to finish any book I start, so I persevered to the end, and was left wondering what the heck it was all about.The basic story is about six refugee alien species hiding on a forbidden planet in fear of being discovered by the galactic superpowers from whom they fled in the first place. I appreciate imagination in inventing aliens, but to me an alien mus...
  • Lalith
    Started out interesting but my god was it was a slog towards the finish. Alvin's parts felt like a YA book had been jammed into the book for no discernable purpose other than to have a Jijoan group find the Streaker (when I saw "monsters" I immediately thought of the uplifted dolphins and their rigs), and it was painfully obvious that the visiting humans were talking rubbish about their newfound Patron race and that they were hunting the Streaker...