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Encyclopedia > Earth (novel)
Title Earth

Cover of first edition (hardcover)and the second edition (paperback)
Author David Brin
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Bantam Books
Released 1990
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 601 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-553-07064-9
Cover of 1991 Spectra mass market paperback edition. Art by Bruce Jensen

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Plot introduction

Set in the year 2038, the book is a cautionary tale of the harm humans can cause their planet via disregard for the environment and reckless scientific experiments. The book has a large cast of characters and Brin uses them to address a number of environmental issues including endangered species, global warming, refugees from ecological disasters, ecoterrorism, and the social effects of overpopulation. The plot of the book involves an artificially created black hole which has been lost in the Earth's interior and the attempts to recover it before it destroys the planet. The events and revelations which follow reshape humanity and its future in the universe. The Siberian Tiger, a subspecies of tiger. ... Global mean surface temperatures 1850 to 2006 Mean surface temperature anomalies during the period 1995 to 2004 with respect to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 Global warming is the observed increase in the average temperature of the Earths atmosphere and oceans in recent decades and the projected... The term eco-terrorism is a neologism which has been used to describe acts of violence (as in violence against property), sabotage and/or property damage which are ostensibly motivated by concern for the natural environment. ... Map of countries by population density (See List of countries by population density. ... A black hole is an object with a gravitational field so powerful that no form of matter or radiation (including light) can escape once it is less than a certain distance from the center. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ...


The scope of the story expands vastly as the plot gradually reveals itself, bringing into question the future course — and even the survival — of humanity.


Predictions

Brin set this novel 50 years in the future from the time he was writing, using the book as an opportunity to predict what technologies might — at that future date — be taken for granted day to day. Three technologies he predicted, which were unheard of at the time, came to pass within only 8 years of the writing, include a media-centric, hypertext Internet, e-mail spam, and the proliferation of personal video recording devices. In computing, hypertext is a user interface paradigm for displaying documents which, according to an early definition (Nelson 1970), branch or perform on request. ...


Brin claims at least 15 predictive hits in Earth including:

  • The Web (In fact, the Web is similar in capability to, but different in detail from, Brin's global network. In particular, URLs are much easier to read than the numeric identifiers in the book)
  • Privacy as a vanishing commodity
  • Global warming sea rise
  • accelerated global warming that results in worsening storm seasons
  • subvocal input devices
  • manmade black holes taken seriously
  • crisis habitat arcs
  • eyeglass cams
  • eyeglass VR overlays on real environments
  • levees breaking on the Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina)
  • brain imaging->personality profiling
  • geological-scale sculptures
  • the partition of the Soviet Union
  • blogging
  • decline of delivered mail
  • lawyer programs

Other events in the novel have yet to occur, including A Uniform Resource Locator, URL (spelled out as an acronym, not pronounced as earl), or Web address, is a standardized address name layout for resources (such as documents or images) on the Internet (or elsewhere). ... Global mean surface temperatures 1850 to 2006 Mean surface temperature anomalies during the period 1995 to 2004 with respect to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 Global warming is the observed increase in the average temperature of the Earths atmosphere and oceans in recent decades and the projected... Subvocalization, or silent speech, is defined as the internal speech made when reading a word, thus allowing the reader to imagine the sound of the word as it is read (Carver 1990). ... A black hole is an object with a gravitational field so powerful that no form of matter or radiation (including light) can escape once it is less than a certain distance from the center. ... VR can mean: VR - a Finnish railway company Victorian Railways of the Australian state of Victoria Virtual reality This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... Personality psychology is a branch of psychology which studies personality and individual differences. ... GOOD BLOGS: For and Against Bizarre Things Games Casino Sudoku Challenge Star Wars REDIRECT Blog ...

  • the creation of the Swiss Navy (or 'Helvetian Navy', as it is known in the book). The conciliatory attitude of the Swiss to Holocaust victims whose assets were stolen by the Nazis with the aid of Swiss bankers gives reason to hope that the world will never declare Switzerland an outlaw state, much less "nuke" it.
  • so far, no one is known to have captured or built a black hole that could migrate to the Earth's core.

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