By David Brin, Kevin Lenagh
The award-winning Uplift novels contain one of many maximum achievements in technology fiction historical past. Dramatic, thought-provoking, and artistic, those books describe an absolutely discovered global wealthy in personality, aspect, and ideas. Now Uplift writer David Brin collaborates with acclaimed artist Kevin Lenagh to bring together the definitive consultant to the species, societies, and know-how of 1 of the best feats of literary world-building ever accomplished.
Here within the kind of a guide for Terran box brokers is an in depth examine Uplift's many alien races--from the pleasant Tymbrimi to the warlike Tandu, from the clever and enigmatic Kanten to the fiercely reptilian Soro, from the bureaucratic Hoon to the manipulative Thennanin--their body structure, psychology, background; their clans and alliances; and their moving attitudes towards Earth and its representatives.
Here, too, is a heritage of Earth’s touch and difficult interactions
with the mysterious and strong Civilization of 5 Galaxies, a glance
at its associations, languages, and customs, plus a time line of
momentous occasions going again three billion years. For the thousands of enthusiasts of
the Uplift novels, this long-awaited consultant may be a vital
reference paintings, packed with very important info and never-before-seen
illustrations that show, for the 1st time in a single quantity, the keys to
the bold imaginative and prescient and impressive hypothesis of the Uplift universe.
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The bridge personnel continued their climb. In spite of efforts to keep the HEVs together, the Helljumpers came down in a landing zone that stretched approximately three kilometers in diameter. Some of the landings were classic two-point affairs in which the more fortunate Marines were able to jettison their crash cages about fifty meters off the ground, and land like sim soldiers in a training vid. Others were a good deal less graceful, as the skeletal remains of their drop pods smashed against cliffs, dropped into lakes, and in one unfortunate case rolled into a deep ravine.
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A second alien carried an ignited plasma grenade—the little bastards meant to drop the explosive into his armor. He flexed his shoulders, and shook himself like a dog. Grunts flew in every direction as the Master Chief used short controlled bursts to put them down. He turned toward the lifeboats. ” Cortana urged. ” The Spartan ran, just as the door started to close. A nearby Marine fell while running for the escape craft, and the Chief paused long enough to scoop the soldier up and hurl him into the boat.