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David Brin Papers

Identifier: MS333

  • Staff Only


This collection consists of two rough drafts of Brin's 1990 novel, Earth, and a list of editions of Brin's work.


  • ca. 1988-2000


General Physical Description note

(one half-size document case)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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


0.2 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

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.

Biography of David Brin

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.

Other Finding Aids

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


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

Separated Material

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

General Physical Description note

(one half-size document case)

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in March 2008.


David Brin Papers, ca. 1988-2000
Finding aid prepared by Christine de Catanzaro
Copyright March 2008.
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta 30332-0900 USA