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Cover Blurb for 1999 Edition
by Robert J. Sawyer
Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment
Robert J. Sawyer's award-winning science fiction has garnered both popular and critical acclaim. The New York Times called Factoring Humanity "filled to bursting with ideas, characters, and incidents," while The Gainesville Sun said, "Sawyer is a brilliant stylist who depicts daily life events with a shattered worldview."
Sawyer now brings us FlashForward, the story of a world-shattering discovery at the CERN research facility in Switzerland. The research team of Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides is using the particle accelerator at CERN in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical subatomic particle. But their experiment goes incredibly awry, and, for a few moments, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by about twenty years.
While humanity must deal immediately with the destructive aftermath of the experiment thousands were injured and killed as every single person's body was left unconscious in the here-and-now the greater implications take longer to surface. People who had no vision of the future seek to learn how they will died, while others seek out future lovers.
Lloyd must deal with the guilt of accidentally causing the death of his fiancée's child, while Theo gets caught up in the search for his own murderer. As the implications truly hit home, the pressure to repeat the experiment builds. Everyone wants a glimpse of the future, a chance to flashforward to see their successes . . . or learn how to avoid their failures.
Robert J. Sawyer lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.
[Or at least he did in 1999; he now lives in Mississauga]
Praise for FrameshiftNominee, 1998 Hugo Award for Best Novel
"You know it's good, you know he get's the techy bits right, and you know he's interesting and thought-provoking." Analog
"A finely crafted novel with a riveting plot and complex characters that one can care about deeply." Calgary Herald
Praise for Factoring Humanity
"In the last few years, Canadian science fiction has undergone an unprecedented boom. Native Canadians are turning out solid SF, and of these the foremost is undoubtedly Robert J. Sawyer." The Toronto Star
"The science here, both in theory and realization, is more than competent, as is Sawyer's drawing of the internal lives of his characters." San Diego Union-Tribune
"A serious-minded SF novel featuring people caught in a genuine personal crisis." Science Fiction Chronicle
Jacket design by Drive Communications, New York.
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