Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin’s Uplift Universe
by David Brin and Kevin Lenagh
Bantam Signet, 2002, 191 pp, $14.95.
Here’s an intensely fannish sort of book. It’s written sort of as a handbook for humans in the 2400s late in the period Brin writes about in his Uplift stories. It’s a handbook about the greater (and terribly dangerous) Galactic world in which they have found themselves.
Most of the information in the book comes out of the stories -– I can’t tell just by reading it if Brin has added anything new or not, but if he has, it isn’t a lot. The illustrations by Lenagh are quite good and do justice to the material.