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Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.


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    Enjoyable exploration of being human

    Lots of fascinating ideas about time and space and human intent. Jumps around increasingly, and ultimately unsatisfying end.

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    Different

    Found Existence an odd reading experience. Parts, especially the beginning required serious fortitude to wade through. The writing is, at times, quite ponderous, and the story very slow to develop. However, by slogging through the beginning, and a few smaller muddling parts past that, one is exposed to a quite thought provoking concept told in a....unique....way. All in all? I would have to say: worth the read :)

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    Another universe of depth and intrigue.

    David Brin has created another universe as intricate as the one we dwell in. Twists and turns aplenty. Intriguing characters and enough heard science for the most decerning reader. Well done David

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    Existence

    Heavy going at first but there is a reward . It makes you think about what is happening now and how events lead us towards a future out of this world and our reason for being here.

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    Existence

    Blow hard. Not his best.

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