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David Brin


Startide Rising
Year 1983
Publisher Bantam Books
ISBN 055327418X



The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed on the uncharted water-world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history.  Above, in space, armadas of alien races clash in a titanic struggle to claim her.  Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles armed rebellion and a hostile planet to safeguard her secret - the fate of the Progenitors, the fabled First Race who seeded wisdom throughout the stars.



Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

"Not since Olaf Stapledon has a writer succeeded so well in conveying a sense of the strangeness of the universe and the infinite possibilities which space and time must hold.
Startide Rising is an extraordinary achievement, a book so full of fascinating ideas that they would not have crowded each other at twice its considerable length."
Poul Anderson



Earthrise from Apollo 8



Credit: NASA

Earthrise at Christmas
This photo of "Earthrise" over the lunar horizon was taken by the Apollo 8 crew in December 1968, showing Earth for the first time as it appears from deep space.

Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders had become the first humans to leave Earth orbit, entering lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. In a historic live broadcast that night, the crew took turns reading from the Book of Genesis, closing with a holiday wish from Commander Borman: "We close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you -- all of you on the good Earth."

NASA Image of the day archive





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