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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Getting 'everyday' people involved


“One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events.” – David Brin
 
Born on this day in 1950, Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction that has been honored with the Hugo, Locus, Campbell, and Nebula Awards.  His Campbell Award-winning novel The Postman was adapted as a feature film starring Kevin Costner, and his nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award from the American Library Association.
 
A native Californian and graduate of Cal Tech (where he earned a degree in astrophysics), Brin has the unique distinction of being both a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Science Fiction.  He also has a Ph.D. in Space Science.
  
Always a voracious reader, he was attracted to science fiction writing as a way to convey both the real science he was working with on a day-in and day-out basis and the fictional world he imagined might exist because of that science.

“When I begin a book, I inevitably discover                          
many things along the way, about the characters, their past histories and the political intrigues that surround them. This discovery process is vital, and I would not prejudice it by deciding too much in advance.”  Brin said.  “My first duty is to write a gripping yarn, and second to convey credible   characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea.”



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