infobox Book |
name = Earth
image_caption = Cover of first edition (hardcover)and the second edition (paperback)
language = English
Science fiction novel
media_type = Print (
pages = 601 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-553-07064-9
"Earth" is a
1990 science fictionnovel written by David Brin. The book was nominated for the Hugo Awardfor Best Novel in 1991.
Set in the year 2038, the book is a cautionary tale of the harm humans can cause their planet via disregard for the environment and reckless scientific experiments. The book has a large cast of characters and Brin uses them to address a number of environmental issues including
endangered species, global warming, refugeesfrom ecological disasters, ecoterrorism, and the social effects of overpopulation. The plot of the book involves an artificially created black holewhich has been lost in the Earth's interior and the attempts to recover it before it destroys the planet. The events and revelations which follow reshape humanity and its future in the universe.
The scope of the story expands vastly as the plot gradually reveals itself, bringing into question the future course — and even the survival — of humanity.
Brin set this novel 50 years in the future from the time he was writing, using the book as an opportunity to predict what technologies might — at that future date — be taken for granted day to day. Three technologies he predicted, which were unheard of at the time, came to pass within only 8 years of the writing, include a media-centric,
hypertext Internet, e-mail spam, and the proliferation of personal video recording devices.
Brin claims at least 15 predictive hits in "Earth" including:
World Wide Web(including it as being a major news-media outlet, complete with videos and discussion forums) and blogging. (Brin did not predict the URL, rather using a clumsier numeric form of address.)
e-mail spamand sophisticated personalized filtering software
* levees breaking on the Mississippi
* the dissolution and partitioning of the Soviet Union
global warmingassociated sea level riseand severe storm seasons
* subvocal input devices
* sophont-made black holes considered seriously
* crisis habitat arks for endangered species, with a view to later restoration to the wild.
* eyeglass cameras
* the erosion of personal privacy
* eyeglass overlays on real environments
personality profilingthrough brain imaging
* art sculptures on a geologic scale
* decline of delivered mail
* lawyer software
Micro black hole
* [http://www.davidbrin.com/othersfbooks.html David Brin's Official Web Site: My Other Science Fiction Novels]
* [http://earthbydavidbrin.pbwiki.com Earth Wiki]
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