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The Beginning of Existence

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Published on Sep 28, 2012

David Brin reads the first chapter of Existence, his ground-breaking new novel about our near and distant future.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there's something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn't on the decades' old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth's infomesh about an "alien artifact."

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

David Brin's books include The Postman, Startide Rising, Existence, and Earth, as well as his non-fiction work, The Transparent Society, dealing with issues of privacy and secrecy. For more information about David Brin, visit his website: http://www.davidbrin.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidBrin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AUTHORDAVIDBRIN

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