|Submitted by Maj |
(Jan 19, 2002)
This is the second in David Brin's 1st uplift trilogy. You don't need to have read the first in the series (sundiver) to enjoy this novel, as it takes place 500 years after Sundiver, and is a totally separate novel.
The book charts a story of Earth's 1st mainly dolphin spacecrew, and once you get used to this way of looking at things, is a cracking good read.
'Uplift' is a process which has been going on for eons. It is the process by which a patron race uplifts a client race by genetic engineering, selective breeding etc. In return the client owes the patron race a debt of servitude for 100,000 years- it is the way it always has been. Humans are a 'wolfling' race- the only race to reach the stars without help and are despised for it. However, by this time, we have managed to uplift chimps and dolphins, enhancing their intellects.
The background to this story is that this 1st dolphin manned mission found a secret fleet, probably belonging to the 'progenitors'- the 1st race who started it all. Then started back for earth. For some reason, a lot of the other alien races want this secret location, and chased the Streaker (the name of the ship), eventually shooting them down over a deserted planet.
None of the aliens want to share the location of the fleet with each other once they get the humans, so a fierce space battle rages in the space around the planet, whilst tensions run rife in the ship below.
For me to give you more info would ruin the story. But storywise, this novel is better than Sundiver (which didn't have a very satisfying final third).
Just sit back and follow Mr Brin as he takes you through this quality novel.