I am David Brin -scifi author of novels that won Hugos and/or were kevincostnerized. Also astrophysicist &SETI expert. Futurist/tech-pundit. Mr Transparent Society.
David Brin here. Author of The Postman*, Startide Rising (dolphins in space!), The Uplift War, Earth, Kiln People, and my new novel EXISTENCE. http://www.davidbrin.com/existence.html
*(Had mixed feelings about Kevin Costner's Postman movie? Same here.)
I'm an astrophysicist, primarily planets & comets. Lots to discuss, including SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) and why we seem alone in the cosmos (the "Fermi Paradox") - it happens I'm as much of an expert as you'll find, in a topic without any subject matter!
I do tech-punditry and give talks about the future at many companies/agencies. (The novels are filled with forecasts.) Was on "Life After People & Nova etc. And I became "Mr. Transparency and openness" because of my nonfiction book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? (Freedom of Speech Award.)
Novels now have "book trailers" & I'd like your opinion about that. See this lavish one hand painted by the great web artist Patrick Farley. http://www.tinyurl.com/exist-trailer ============
======= UPDATE!!! Next day, people are still dropping by. I was on last night for a grueling 8 hours!
The Good news? I was told (by slanderers!) to expect trolls and short attention spans and shallowmindedness on Reddit. What I found was savvy, smart and patiently curious folks, almost without exception! (And "keep it shot" was NOT required!) That overcame my initial disappointment over the way this scheduled AMA was handled for the 1st 3 hours.
Hence I AM BACK FOR JUST AN HOUR OF TIDYING AND ANSWERING... because you were all mostly so nice that you deserve it. I hope you all thrive and help turn our civilization back onto the course of science, curiosity and eagerness for an exciting/bright future!
(Oh, and do look at http://www.davidbrin.com/existence.html !! ;-) Good luck all!
Okay, answered everybody. Phew! It's 24 hours now.
One last request? BUMP ME UP TO 1000, points???? pleeeeeeeez?
Be citizens of wonder......