David Brin
Glen David Brin, Ph.D. is an American
United States
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 scientist and award-winning author of science fiction
Science fiction
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. He has received the Hugo
Hugo Award
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, Locus
Locus Award
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, Campbell
John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
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 and Nebula Award
Nebula Award
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Brin was born in Glendale, California
Glendale, California
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 in 1950. In 1973, he graduated from the California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology
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 with a Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
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 in astrophysics
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. He followed this with a Master of Science
Master of Science
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 in applied physics
Applied physics
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 in 1978 and a Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
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 in space science in 1981, both from the University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Diego
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Brin is a 2010 fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
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He currently lives in southern California
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 with his children.

His ancestors come from Poland, from the area around Konin
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She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her, unasked, into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted.

Ch. 73

I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring.

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.