Plot summary[ edit ] Lloyd Simcoe, a year-old Canadian particle physicist, oversees a run of the Large Hadron Collider. The experiment unexpectedly brings about a vision of a plausible future in which the characters are twenty years older. The consequences include the death of Tamiko as an out-of-control vehicle plows into her school. No recording devices in the world function in the present during the event. Citing the absence of any human awareness during that time, this is interpreted as evidence of the observer effect in quantum theory.
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Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins Unabridged 4 out of 5 stars Performance 4 out of 5 stars Story 4 out of 5 stars In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message.
Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously. Sawyer Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins Unabridged 4 out of 5 stars 1, Performance 4. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter.
Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. Sawyer Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins Unabridged 4 out of 5 stars Performance 4. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation. By West on
Robert J. Sawyer
Shelves: sci-fi There were, of course, cries of outrage in the presseditorials about scientists messing with things humans were not meant to know about. Where would we be if scientists dont mess about, but who is to say what are the things humans were not meant to know? Mary Shellys Frankenstein implies that Victor Frankenstein messed with things humans were not meant to know about, and broken necks ensue. Flashforward takes the opposing view that scientists need to experiment mess about for the sake of progress. An experiment in particle acceleration and collision causes the entire human race to blackout and experience a two minutes vision of their lives twenty years in the future from to P. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 23, , to be precise. Unfortunately millions of people also die from fatal accidents caused by the blackout as they were driving, sitting in planes, crossing roads, going down stairs, trimming their nasal hair etc.
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He is the only Canadian and one of only 7 writers in the world to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the Hugo Award for Hominids, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan. Robert Sawyer grew up in Toronto, the son of two university professors. He credits two of his favourite shows from the late s and early s, Search and Star Trek, with teaching him some of the fundamentals of the science-fiction craft. Sawyer was obsessed with outer space from a young age, and he vividly remembers watching the televised Apollo missions. He claims to Robert J.