“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.
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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