David Brin irritates the stuffing out of me. Writing treatises on the "anti-civilization" nature of Star Wars, ruining Asimov's work with his inconsistent capper of that terrible "Second Foundation Trilogy", and being enthusiastic about, of all things, the gradual artificial evolution of human beings into specialized biological constructs with four limbs with opposable thumbs. Like chimps, eh? I'll bet. Ben Bova and Card, too. Somehow this League of scientist-turned-authors (not Card), so full of themselves when writing their elegant hard sci-fi masterpieces, attribute the shortcomings of others with factors they are themselves prey to.