Search Results: "Robert J. Sawyer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2005

"Excellently researched and argued; a useful adjunct to Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's broader-ranging American Prometheus."
Did a vast right-wing conspiracy bring down the peace wing of the American nuclear establishment? Read full book review >

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ROLLBACK by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2007

"Heavy with sociological what-ifs, light on plot and narrative tension: one for dedicated Sawyer fans only."
Meditation on familiar Sawyer preoccupations (Mindscan, 2005, etc.): immortality and alien contact. Read full book review >

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HOMINIDS by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2002

"You betcha."
Sawyer (Calculating God, 2000, etc.) returns to a familiar device: parallel universe civilizations weighing each other's values. Read full book review >

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CALCULATING GOD by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2000

"Take it as you find it."
When an alien shuttlecraft lands near the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, its spider-like alien occupant demands to be taken to a paleontologist. Read full book review >

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FLASHFORWARD by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1999

"Intriguing ideas, but not satisfyingly dramatized, with explicative passages clumsily inserted into a scattershot narrative."
Science fiction involving particle physics, time travel, murder mystery, and relationships, from the author of Factoring Humanity (1998), etc. In 2009, at CERN, Geneva's Large Hadron Collider, physicists Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides attempt to find the elusive Higgs boson by smashing particles together at colossal energies. Read full book review >

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FRAMESHIFT by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"Conspicuously overplotted and unwieldy—the whole Ivan the Terrible subplot would have been better eliminated—but exciting and engrossing, if increasingly improbable."
Another near-future science-fictional thriller from Ontario resident Sawyer (the 1995 Nebula Awardwinning author of The Terminal Experiment, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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TRIGGERS by Robert J. Sawyer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2012

"Readers hooked by the futuristic excitement may be disappointed in the lack of follow-through."
Sci-fi veteran Sawyer (WWW: Wonder, 2011, etc.) turns in a solid if bland techno-thriller, which hums along nicely until an absurd mystical finale. Read full book review >

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MINDSCAN by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2005

"Lots of prattle about science, philosophical issues and the ironies of contemporary pop culture. For die-hard fans only."
Award-winning Sawyer takes a break from his latest trilogy (Humans, 2003, etc.) with a slow disquisition on consciousness and identity pretending to be an SF novel of ideas. Read full book review >

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HUMANS by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The last of this trilogy is promised, but it's hard to imagine why."
In this sequel to Hominids (p. 712), Sawyer sends a Neanderthal physicist from an alternate Earth back to our Earth only to discover what rotters Homosapiens really are. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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FACTORING HUMANITY by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 25, 1998

"An intelligent and absorbing double-stranded narrative, generally well paced, accelerates to hyperspeed in the last few pages."
Messages-from-space yarn from the versatile author of Illegal Aliens (1997), etc. By 2017, messages from Alpha Centauri A have been arriving at Earth for ten years, but only the first few have been deciphered. Read full book review >

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ILLEGAL ALIEN by Robert J. Sawyer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A consistently plotted if not always persuasively motivated yarn, with ingeniously constructed aliens in a fairly routine courtroom melodrama."
Aliens-on-trial, from the author of Frameshift (p. 424), etc. When a spaceship containing nonhumanoid aliens splashes down in the Atlantic, the President's science advisor, Frank Nobilio, and astronomer Clete Calhoun are sent to make contact. Read full book review >