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Copyright © 2009 by Robert J. Sawyer
All Rights Reserved.
Huge thanks to my lovely wife
Carolyn Clink; to Ginjer
Buchanan at Penguin Group USA's Ace imprint in New York; to
Laura Shin, Nicole Winstanley, and David
Davidar at Penguin Group Canada in Toronto; and to Stanley
Schmidt at Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Many
thanks to my agent Ralph Vicinanza and his associates
Christopher Lotts and Eben Weiss, and to contract
managers Lisa Rundle (Penguin Canada) and John
Schline (Penguin USA), who all worked enormously hard
structuring a complex publishing deal.
Some great brainstorming for this book happened at Sci Foo Camp,
sponsored by O'Reilly Media and held at the Googleplex in
Mountain View, California, in August 2006. Attending my session
there were Greg Bear, Stuart Brand, Barry
Bunin, Bill Cheswick, Esther Dyson, Sun
Microsystems chief researcher John Gage, Sandeep
Garg, Luc Moreau, Google cofounder Larry Page,
Gavin Schmidt, and Alexander Tolley; I also got
great feedback after the conference from Zack Booth
Simpson of Mine-Control.
Thanks to David Goforth, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics
and Computer Science, Laurentian University, and David
Robinson, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Laurentian
University, for numerous insightful suggestions. And thanks to
anthropologist H. Lyn Miles, Ph.D., of the Chantek
Foundation and ApeNet, who enculturated the orangutan Chantek.
Thanks, too, to cognitive scientist David W.
Nicholas, for many comments and stimulating discussions.
Thanks to Betty Jean Reid and Carolyn Monaco of the
Intervenor for Deaf-Blind Persons Program at George Brown
College, Toronto, the first and largest program of its type in
the world; to Patricia Grant, Executive Director and
Outreach Intervenor Services Manager of the Canadian Helen Keller
Centre, Toronto; to John A. Gardner, Ph.D. Professor
Emeritus of Physics, Oregon State University, and founder of
ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.; and to Justin Leiber, Ph.D.,
Philosophy Department, University of Houston, author of the paper
"Helen Keller as Cognitive Scientist" (Philosophical
Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1996).
Very special thanks to my late deaf-blind friend Howard
Miller (1966-2006), whom I first met online in 1992 and in
person in 1994, and who touched my life and those of so many
others in countless ways.
Thanks to my most excellent ophthalmologist, Gerald I.
Goldlist, M.D.; to Edmund R. Meskys; to Guido
Dante Corona of IBM Research's Human Ability and
Accessibility Center, Austin, Texas; and to the following members
of the Blindmath mailing list who read this novel in manuscript
and offered feedback: Sina Bahram, Mr. Fatty
Matty, Ken Perry, Lawrence Scadden, and
Cindy Sheets. Thanks also to Bev Geddes of the
Manitoba School for the Deaf.
Thanks, too, to all the people who answered questions, let me
bounce ideas off them, or otherwise provided input, including:
- R. Scott Bakker
- Paul Bartel
- Asbed Bedrossian
- Barbara Berson
- Ellen Bleaney
- Ted Bleaney
- Nomi S. Burstein
- Linda C. Carson
- David Livingstone Clink
- Daniel Dern
- Ron Friedman
- Marcel Gagné
- Shoshana Glick
- Richard Gotlib
- Peter Halasz
- Elisabeth Hegerat
- Birger Johansson
- Al Katerinsky
- Herb Kauderer
- Shannon Kauderer
- Fiona Kelleghan
- Valerie King
- Randy McCharles
- Kirstin Morrell
- Ryan Oakley
- Heather Osborne
- Ariel Reich
- Alan B. Sawyer
- Sally Tomasevic
- Elizabeth Trenholm
- Hayden Trenholm
- Robert Charles Wilson, and
- Ozan S. Yigit.
Many thanks to the members of my writers' group, the Senior
Pajamas: Pat Forde, James Alan Gardner, and
Suzanne Church. Thanks also to Danita
Maslankowski, who organizes the twice-annual "Write-Off"
retreat weekends for Calgary's Imaginative Fiction Writers
Association, at which much work was done on this book.
The term introduced in the last chapter of this book was coined
by Ben Goertzel, Ph.D., the author of Creating Internet
Intelligence and currently the CEO and Chief Scientist of
artificial-intelligence firm Novamente LLC (novamente.net); I'm
using it here with his kind permission.
A list of links to the specific Wikipedia entries I've briefly
quoted can be found
For those interested in learning more about Julian Jaynes,
author of The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the
Bicameral Mind, in addition to reading his book please also
visit the Julian Jaynes Society (of which I'm a member) at
A lot of this book was written during the three fabulous months
my wife and I spent at the
Writers' Retreat. The
childhood home of famed Canadian writer Pierre Berton,
Berton House is located in Dawson City the heart of the
Klondike gold rush in Canada's Yukon right across the
street from Robert Service's cabin, and just a short distance
from Jack London's cabin. The retreat's administrator is Elsa
Franklin, and Dan Davidson and Suzanne Saito
looked after us in Dawson.
Finally, thanks to the 1,300-plus members of my online discussion
group, who followed along with me as I created this novel. Feel
free to join us.
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