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The Uplift Universe

Story Background

Originally 17 galaxies were linked by tubes of focus time. As the universe expanded these tubes snapped, isolating galaxies onto themselves. Three billion years ago, when 11 galaxies were still joined together, the mythical Progenitors arose to begin the cycle of Uplift in which a Patron race aids a Client race to cross into full sentience. In return the Client gives the Patron 100,000 years of indentured servitude. Though the Progenitors have long since departed this plane of existence, before leaving they established the Library, other institutions and Galactic Law. (Or so the mythology goes.) Now after several billion years the Uplift Cycle remains unbroken and a myriad of Patron and Client races roam the remaining 5 linked galaxies believing that the Progenitors will some day return.

Now enters the Human race, who have themselves Uplifted two Client races, Dolphin and Chimpanzee. But the question remains - Who Uplifted Humans? Were they abandoned by some Galactic Patron when the job was only half done? Or did humans do what is thought to be impossible and Uplift themselves? Many races in the Galaxy would like to take over where Humans' neglectful Patrons left off, thereby adding to their own clans three new client races. But other powerful Galactics argued successfully that Humans be given Patron status. As of Startide Rising Humans have been in contact with Galactic Society for only 300 years and exist in a very precarious balance with other Galactics. They can call only three races friends, and many more as vicious enemies who think of them as a semi-evolved barbaric wolfing upstarts.

The Novels

Novel Year Synopsis
Sundiver 1980 Two hundred years prior to the events of Startide Rising, an expedition of various races investigates rumors of a sentient species living within Sol.
Startide Rising 1983 A Dolphin crewed starship, Streaker, discovers a vast, ancient, abandoned fleet of giant starships, and every species in the five galaxies is after them for its secret location. This begins the foretold era of tremendous turmoil in The Five Galaxies.
The Uplift War 1987 Gubru forces take over a Human colony on the planet Garth in hopes of pressuring Earth's government to divulge the whereabouts of Streaker and its discovery.
Brightness Reef 1995 Over the past 2000 years seven races have fled Galactic Society to Jijo, a planet off-limits and declared fallow for a million years. Now these outlaws, having forged a peaceful coexistence, are discovered by a ship chasing part of Streaker's crew.
Part One of THE UPLIFT TRILOGY.
Infinity's Shore 1997 Part Two of THE UPLIFT TRILOGY.
Heaven's Reach 1998 Part Three of THE UPLIFT TRILOGY.

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