“Well, I don't know if this is because I skipped the first two books in this sequence or I am just not a fan of simians as the star of the book (I don't think that is it, since I am a fan of the original Planet of the Apes movie), but I am not enjoying this book. It is another book that I am listening to at double speed, in an effort to get through this as quickly as possible. I am getting to a point where there the story is starting to show some potential (3/4 if the way through) . . . however, I doubt that I will be reading any more in this series. I had about a 25 hours of driving from Lauderdale to Toronto with a pitstop somewhere just west of NY City, and I still did not make it all the way through this book.
Now as I am listening to the rest of the book during my bike rides - I am getting more into the story. The characters are memorable, and I must admit that I am interested in reading how it all turns out. Will the Earthlings become respected? Or will the birds have the last laugh.”
“Been a while since I'd read Brin. Better than great. Now I must read both trilogies! ”Stephen O wrote this review Thursday, July 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Uplift War is a 1987 science fiction novel by David Brin and the third book of six set in his Uplift Universe. It was nominated as the best novel for the 1987 Nebula Award and won the 1988 Hugo Award. The previous two books are Sundiver and Startide Rising.
 Plot summary
50,000 years ago, the planet Garth was leased to the Bururalli who nearly destroyed its ecosystem by overhunting all large indigenous species. The ecologically sensitive galactic civilisation killed all Bururalli, demoted their patrons, the Nahalli, to clients of the Thennanin, and began working to preserve and repair the remaining ecosphere of Garth. Several decades before the start of the novel, Earthclan acquires the lease on Garth in return for their expert assistance in biosphere recovery. The Z'Tang complete a final ecological survey before the planet is passed on to Earthclan.
The novel begins in the year 2489 C.E. with the Gubru planning to invade Garth, Earthlings on Garth preparing to defend their claim to the planet, and ambassadors from other races getting ready to depart. The Gubru attempt to hold Garth hostage in an attempt to learn more about the discovery the dolphin spaceship Streaker made in Startide Rising about the Progenitors.
The Gubru invade and overpower Garth's weak space forces. They engage a small portion of their ground force in ritualistic combat against Earthling forces, take relatively high losses, but manage to subdue most of the human population using pre-planned subterfuge and poisonous gas. The Gubru, used to galactic norms, believe that the neo-chimp population on Garth will be easily controlled without their human patrons to guide them.
Some of the neo-chimps in and around Port Helenia, the capital city are subverted, but a large group, led by Robert Oneagle, son of planetary coordinator Megan Oneagle, and Athaclena, daughter of Tymbrimi ambassador Uthacalthing, engage in guerrilla warfare. Their combination of “wolfling” ingenuity and galactic diplomacy allow them to inflict significant damage, psychological and physical, on the Gubru.
Elsewhere on the planet, the Tymbrimi ambassador, Uthacalthing, and the Thennanin ambassador, Kault, are shot down while fleeing the Gubru invasion. They land safely, but must trek several hundred kilometers back to civilisation. During the trip, Uthacalthing secretly instructs a furtive neo-chimp to create false evidence pointing to the existence of Garthlings — a race of pre-sentient creatures that survived the Bururalli holocaust. Uthacalthing also plants evidence about Garthlings in his diplomatic cache — which is, perhaps justifiably, stolen by the Gubru.
The three Gubru co-commanders (suzerains) overreact to most situations. When the Suzerain of Cost and Caution is killed in an accident, the other two suzerains exploit the situation and further their own goals. The Suzerain of Proprietary seizes on the Garthling myth and builds an enormously expensive hypershunt on Garth. If Garthlings can be found, the Gubru will be able to use the hypershunt to adopt and indenture the race for 100,000 years in exchange for uplifting them to sentience.
“I am a relatively late entrant to the Uplift universe, but cannot help but get impressed with the richness of imagination and meticulous plotting.
The first trilogy is a bit disjointed compared to the second set. You almost get the feeling that Brin has a great idea but really does not know how to build a whole story around it (the task which he accomplishes so stunningly in the second trilogy).
But, the Uplift War remains a masterpiece, with innovation and humour winning against all odds over bureaucratic rigidity.
Actually, it makes you wonder whether, it really can be that simple. ”
“As the last installment of the uplift series, very enjoyable. All previous threads pulled together, at least to my satisfaction. It does, however, follow the John Campbellian requirement that somehow humans from Earth, regardless of our maturity or duration, are subtly superior to even the oldest and most venerable of off-planet intelligent species (we bootstrapped ourselves). For an antidote, try Robert Schekley's "Mindswap".”Sonja B wrote this review Thursday, January 17, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book, with a great cast of memorable characters, although it's been some years since I read it. Still, it's a great book for sci-fi fans, although it might lack the bombastic end of Heaven's Reach.”creslin_black wrote this review Monday, December 10, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great characters, cool sci-fi, fun adventure, interesting aliens, and underdog Earthlings fighting for a cause... It's full of good stuff.”Heather G wrote this review Saturday, September 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After Time Enough For Love, this is the best science fiction book / series ever written (IMHO). There are those who say David Brin packs in too much material and that especially in the later volumes in the Uplift War series he should trim some of the lesser stories. I couldn't disagree more, it is the detail and the levels of complexity of the uplift universe that make this great reading.”Matthew Hintzen wrote this review Friday, August 10, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No