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For Release Monday, May 18, 1998
New Novel by Canadian Writer Has Already Won World's Largest Cash Prize for Science Fiction
Factoring Humanity, the
tenth novel by acclaimed Toronto-area writer
Robert J. Sawyer,
will be a "June" 1998 hardcover release from Tor Books,
a division of St. Martin's Press, New York. The book will be in
stores across North America on Monday, May 18.
As is often the case in Sawyer's work, Factoring Humanity
combines the very human with the grandly cosmic.
Heather Davis is a psychology professor at the University of
Toronto in the year 2017. She's trying to decipher a series of
radio messages received from inhabitants of a planet orbiting
Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to our own.
Meanwhile, her husband Kyle is working on artificial
intelligence, trying to create a computer that can think like a
But before either of them makes a breakthrough, their lives are
shattered when their nineteen-year-old daughter Rebecca accuses
her father of having molested her as a child.
An alien technology gleaned from the Alpha Centauri messages
holds the key to determining the absolute truth about what
happened all those years ago. What Heather Davis learns will not
only transform her family, but the entire human race, as well.
An excerpt from Factoring Humanity has already won
the world's largest cash prize for science-fiction writing: the
Premio UPC de Ciència
Ficción, given by the Universitat
Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
Booklist raves, "Sawyer gets high marks for working out
extraordinary concepts in ordinary human terms. Heather's
machine is a thing of great beauty, and her trip through our
collective racial consciousness is an amazing cruise."
Kirkus calls Factoring Humanity "intelligent
Sawyer, Canada's only native-born full-time SF writer, is the new
President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writers of America. His The Terminal Experiment
won the Nebula Award (the "Academy Award" of SF)
for Best Novel of 1995. His Frameshift is
a current finalist for the Hugo, SF's
"People's Choice" award, and his
Illegal Alien is a current finalist for
the Crime Writers of Canada's
Arthur Ellis Award.
Factoring Humanity will be formally launched at Toronto's
Ad Astra SF Convention, Saturday, June 6; Sawyer is
Guest of Honor at Ad Astra. Patrick Nielsen
Hayden, Director of SF Publishing for Tor Books, will be flying
in from New York for the launch. There will also be a wine-and-cheese
reception for Factoring Humanity at Bakka,
Toronto's SF specialty store, on Thursday, June 18, and Sawyer will be signing
copies of the book at the Canadian Booksellers Association's annual
tradeshow on Sunday, June 21. Immediately after that, Tor and Tor's
Canadian distributor, H.B. Fenn, are sending Sawyer on an eleven-city
U.S./Canada book tour.
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