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Interviews with David Brin
Interviews with David Brin
Science, science fiction and the future
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On Privacy and Secrecy

On Privacy and Secrecy | Interviews with David Brin | Scoop.it

Many people want the subjective sensation of being left alone. They understand – and don't mind – that governments and corporations know all about them, as long as those forces are polite and don't rub it in. Other people are concerned about actually controlling what is known about them by others. This latter goal can be difficult, costly, and frustratingly impossible.

The third kind of privacy – the kind we may be able to achieve – comes from having an enforceable right to be left mostly alone. This can come only from protecting yourself by knowing more, rather than trying to prevent others from knowing.

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The Art of Fiction: An interview

The Art of Fiction: An interview | Interviews with David Brin | Scoop.it

A lot of art –– including storytelling –– is about making up stuff! In other words, lying. Beautiful lies, stirring lies. Magnificent lies. But lies nonetheless. Where, I wondered, was anyone trying to figure out what was true?

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Stephen Ormsby interviews author David Brin

Who would you like to collaborate with (being living or dead) and why? 
My heroes (tellingly) include Pericles, Ben Franklin, Mary Shelley, Shakespeare, Spielberg, Einstein… and what a kick it would have been sot share, creatively, with any of them! Or a thousand other brashly original thinkers.

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A two-year-long interview

A two-year-long interview | Interviews with David Brin | Scoop.it

There are no current trends in science-fiction. There is an explosion of different directions. This is how science-fiction should be. Now, do I get upset that some clichés aren't being broken often enough in science-fiction? Like always giving a new thing to some faceless corporation, some dark conspiracy, hidden aliens or a mad scientist…

When in fact, what is done in our civilization is that new things are peddled and sold to everyone. Show the new thing in the hands of everybody. It is much more interesting and it shows an interesting and different culture. Yet the cliché of some faceless dark conspiracy almost always dominates, since it is easy to put your hero in jeopardy if society is incompetent. Clichés like that frustrate me. But, are there wonderful things going on in today's science-fiction? Of course there are!

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