Glen David Brin
October 6, 1950
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Education||University of California, San Diego (1981), Ph.D.|
University of California, San Diego (1978), M.S.
California Institute of Technology (1973), B.S.
|Occupation(s)||Novelist, NASA consultant|
|Notable works||Uplift series, The Postman, Earth, "The Transparent Society"|
|Thesis||Evolution of cometary nuclei as influenced by a dust component (1981)|
|Doctoral advisor||D. Asoka Mendis|
Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is an American science fiction author. He has won the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His novel The Postman was adapted into a 1997 feature film starring Kevin Costner.
Brin was born in Glendale, California, in 1950 to Selma and Herb Brin. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in astronomy, in 1973. At the University of California, San Diego, he earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering (optics) in 1978 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in astronomy in 1981.
From 1983 to 1986, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Space Institute, of the University of California, at the San Diego campus in La Jolla. In 2010, Brin became a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He helped establish the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD. He serves on the advisory board of NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group and frequently does futurist consulting for corporations and government agencies.
As of 2013, he served on the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Science Fiction.
Brin has Polish Jewish ancestry, from the area around Konin. His grandfather was drafted into the Russian army and fought in the Russian-Japanese War of 1905.
As of 2022, Brin was living in San Diego County, California, with his wife and children.
Most of Brin's fiction is categorized as hard science fiction, in that they apply some degree of plausible scientific or technological change as important plot elements. About half of Brin's works are in his Uplift Universe. These have twice won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Much of Brin's work outside the Uplift series focuses on technology's effects on human society, a common theme of contemporary North American science fiction.
The Uplift novels are:
His short fiction has been collected in: