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David Brin Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: David Brin Papers
Identification: MS333
Date: ca. 1988-2000
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-size document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Brin, David
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection consists of two rough drafts of Brin's 1990 novel, Earth, and a list of editions of Brin's work.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Brin, who completed bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in physics during the 1970s and early 1980s, spent the first part of his career in academia, holding positions at San Diego State University and UC-San Diego. Since 1990, he has been the keynote speaker and consultant for more than 100 government and corporate groups, and he has written numerous science fiction and non-fiction books.

David Brin was born in Glendale, California in 1950. After receiving a B.Sc. degree in astrophysics from Cal Tech in 1973, he worked for about four years as a research engineer for Hughes Aircraft Research Labs while pursuing a master's degree in Electrical Engineering (optics) at UC-San Diego. He completed his master's degree in 1977, and continued his studies at UC-San Diego in space physics, receiving a Ph.D. in 1981.

After completing his education, Brin taught Physics and Writing at San Diego State University and served as a post-doctoral fellow for the California Space Institute from 1982 to 1985. In the late 1980s, he held the position of visiting scholar to the Center for Study of Evolution of Life, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA NSCORT for Exobiology. Since 1990, he has appeared as a keynote speaker and consultant, he has served on the board of advisors of corporations and nonprofit groups, he has worked as a writer and participant in television and radio programs, and he has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection consists of a rough draft and unbound manuscript of David Brin's novel Earth, published in 1990. One other folder contains a list of editions of Brin's published books, including foreign editions.

Index Terms

Brin, David
Science fiction, American.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, folder,] David Brin Papers (MS333), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Gift, March 2000. Accession numbers: 2001.099, and 2001.076, 2002.103, and 2006.028. (The latter three accessions include books only.)

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in March 2008.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Separated Material

    The books in this collection have been removed and cataloged separately.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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    11List of works, ca. 2000
    12Rough draft - Earth, undated
    13Unbound manuscript - Earth, 1988-1989