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by Robert J. Sawyer

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What is mind? No matter. The university’s most distinctive landmark was the Robarts Library-often called Fort Book by students-a massive, complex concrete structure. Kyle Graves had lived in Toronto all of his forty-five years.

What is mind? No matter. Still, it was only recently that he’d seen an architect’s model of the campus and realized that the library was shaped like a concrete peacock, with the hooded Thomas Fisher rare-books tower rising up as a beaked neck in front and two vast wings spreading out behind. Unfortunately, there was no place on campus where you could look down on Robarts to appreciate the design.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In 2007, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years.

Sawyer graduated from Ryerson in 1982. Sawyer decided to take the time to write a book, without a contract, take as long as necessary, and produce a blockbuster. Sawyer was hired back the following semester to teach television studio production techniques to second- and third-year students. In the four months interim, he worked for minimum wage at the local SF bookstore, spending all his earnings on books. He also wanted to tackle a controversial issue and deal with it head on. With that in mind, Sawyer wrote The Terminal Experiment, about abortion and the soul.

Factoring Humanity book. In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha.

It’s the personal implications of first contact that Sawyer (Illegal Alien) dramatizes in his disturbing and uneven new novel.

Author: Robert Sawyer. Publisher: Tor Books, 1998. It’s the personal implications of first contact that Sawyer (Illegal Alien) dramatizes in his disturbing and uneven new novel. Set in Canada, circa 2017, the story focuses on Heather and her computer-scientist husband, Kyle, who have separated following the suicide of their daughter Mary. When younger daughter Rebecca confronts her parents and accuses her father of molesting her, the family starts to shake apart.

Robert James Sawyer CM OOnt (born April 29, 1960) is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has had 23 novels published, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing Stories, On Spec, Nature, and many anthologies

Robert James Sawyer CM OOnt (born April 29, 1960) is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has had 23 novels published, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing Stories, On Spec, Nature, and many anthologies. Sawyer has won the Nebula Award (1995), the Hugo Award (2003), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (2006). Sawyer was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and is now a resident of Mississauga.

Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer. What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. Thomas Hewitt Key (1799–1875) British classicist.

A moment later her ears popped. She smashed her fist against. the stop button- -and everything returned to normal. Heather waited for her breathing to calm down. She tried the door, disengaging it slightly. Okay: she could halt the process at any time, and she could get out at any time.

In 2007, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten. Factoring Humanity presents some fascinating mathematical speculations and a true sense of wonder about the universe, yet it never loses sight of its human story. Robert J. Sawyer writes my favourite kind of science fiction.

A sci-fi book for non sci-fi readers. Find similar books Profile. She tried a different image: a solution in a beaker - Ideko's mind with hers dissolved into it. She imagined herself precipitating out, white crystals - hexagonal in section, echoing the wall of minds. That did it! Parallels.

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It is interesting to read a book set in what was then (at it's 1998 publication) 19 years in the future, 2017, but now right around the corner. The author, unlike some, did not go overboard in his imaginings. His future, though obviously from what will happen, is not so implausibly changed as some. A few technological innovations have occurred, naturally, and some fictional historical events, but otherwise it is plausible. In his book, a series of alien messages have been received since 2007 which scientists have been unable to decode over the intervening decade. Heather Davis, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, is among them. While she wrestles with the mystery, her own life has been torn apart. Her older daughter, Mary, has killed herself with no discernible reason. As if this tragic event were not enough, her younger daughter Rebecca has accused her father Kyle, Heather's husband, of molesting both her and Mary, claiming this was why Mary took her own life. They have been separated since Mary's death, and while Heather naturally does not want to believe this, she cannot be certain of his innocence. Kyle, meanwhile, steadfastly maintains his innocence while continuing research into artificial intelligence and quantum computing. A computer-bound AI, Cheetah, is his main pursuit, which in spite of his best efforts has not yet reached human equivalent cognizance. Heather continues to grapple with the alien messages, which have abruptly stopped, while also dealing with her personal crisis. At last a breakthrough occurs in her work, which puts her on the path to not only deciphering the messages, but also learning the truth of Kyle's guilt or innocence.
The true nature of humanity with all our flaws and inadequacies is examined through alien first contact. Rob does not disappoint in this well thought out and flawless narrative.
Sawyer has a way of taking a standard science fiction topic and handling it in a totally unexpected manner. This book has so much in it: first contact, Gaia, Jungian psychology, solid characters you care about, recovered memory theory, and much more. Yet he manages to weave a coherent story that pulls you in and keeps you interested and reading.
The failing of the book as in several others by this author is that the end sort of fizzles. While the ending fits it's usally a quick pulling together of the plot threads that leaves the reader sort of feeling let down after the richness of the rest of the story.
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This is the third R.J. Sawyer book I've read recently (the others were Calculating God and End of an Era). Obviously I liked the others enough to keep going. And this was my favorite of the lot. I rated them all at 3 stars, but this one is really more like 3.5 or 3.75, but the rating scale is of limited resolution.

So too is the science in his fiction. Sawyer does not write "hard SF". It's more like hard SF-lite. This one borrowed heavily from Sagan's "Contact" (which was hard SF, par exemplar, and also had great character development and deep philosophical implications on several levels, but I digress..) and dabbles a bit in 4 dimensional geometry, quantum computing and cosmic consciousness. The characters are sort of ill-defined (except for the AI who seemed deeper and more human than the homo sapiens), which seems a hallmark of the 3 Sawyer books I have read, but the plot keeps things moving, also a Sawyer hallmark. I think if you expect Sawyer to be the next great writer in hard SF you are in for a disappointment. But if you want an enjoyable light read that has just a bit of science in the fiction, Sawyer is your guy for plot-driven page-turners. I will try at least a few more of his.
"Factoring Humanity" ("FH") is the second book I've read by Sawyer ("Calculating God" ("CG") being the first). In the main, I have enjoyed both, but have a few issues which I hope are related solely to these 2 books and not to the rest of his efforts (I have enjoyed these 2 enough that I do plan on reading more from his catalog).

First, both are great stories that just seem to fizzle out at the end. I thought "Calculating God" ended with a sort of Arthur C. Clarke-style ending that frankly didn't fit with the rest of the story. In comparison to the previous 9/10 of the book, "CG" ended on a really flat, predictable, and frankly unworthy note. Sorry, but I felt the same about "Factoring Humanity." Not wanting to spoil the ending for those who haven't yet read it, "FH" ended on a cliche-. The ending was utopian drivel (sorry) which was made much worse and unsatisfying in that Sawyer had a much better conclusion available had he gone with the implications of what Cheetah said and a "what if" what happened to Epsilon Eridani also happened to the Centaurs. I don't need fairy tale endings in my SF, instead I like to be provoked to thought and more often than not happy endings don't do that (it certainly didn't in this case).

Second, both books are sort of provincial in scope (characters, setting, etc.) and the writing isn't the stuff that literature remembered down thru the ages is composed of. I admit to nit-picking here, but I do have to agree with some other reviewers in this regard. In Sawyer's defense, I think he had to do it in this way in order to work with the really tough topics he chose to write on. So while neither "CG" or "FH" will ever be considered on the same plane as "War & Peace," I can live with that.

But what really disturbs me about the book (and frankly, with the lack of notice by other reviewers) is the blase- attitude everyone seems to have about Sawyer's writing and the characters' very evident selfishness and indifference to matters of personal privacy. There are real implications here and unfortunately a good amount of bad logic/philosophy.

The implications should be easy to see. With the technology discovered by the main character, she can now at will and anonymously ease drop on anyone. And not just hear, but BE in anyone's mind (living or dead). What then becomes of the "right" to personal privacy? With this tool in hand, the protagonist has stolen the ultimate in private property. And she has NO qualms about doing so. She admits to doing what she does for selfish reasons, but oh well. This is voyeurism taken to its most perverted (if there is such a thing) - randomly viewing anybody's most intimate thoughts, unannounced and uninvited, and for purely selfish reasons. If the protagonist doesn't seem worried about her own selfish reasons in using the device (because she sees her reasons as noble), she should at least worry about the device being used in the hands of someone whose selfish reasons are less than noble. But she doesn't. Wow, talk about naive! Or is that just native Canadian optimism? But we never get a satisfying answer to this ethical dilemma because Sawyer introduces a plot device (the interaction of the Jungian "overmind with "something else") to prevent it - sorry, pure hokum.

As to bad logic/philosophy, I'll keep this short. Sawyer leads the reader to the conclusion that there could not possibly be anyone on the face of the earth who would reject the Centaurs' gift once unveiled. But the mere fact that there are people who would embrace the gift demands the possibility that there will be those who would reject it. Who then is right? This is no easy question and one that demands addressing. Unfortunately, there's no debate as the book speeds to a quick and unsatisfying conclusion (publisher page limit? Author out of caffeine?). In ending the book with a global chorus of "we all love this gift from the stars," Sawyer is dishonest to himself and the reader & dishonors the thought-provoking, overarching idea/concept of the book - what is "consciousness" and what does it mean to be alive (warts and all)?

I hope Books 3 and on are better than what I have encountered so far.
His imagination and writing is excellent. I have read and reread all of his books and Factoring Humanity is another great one.
Unfortunately, the word overmind kept triggering another author's book. IIt was not as good as Triggers, but was still gripping.
Factoring Humanity download epub
Science Fiction
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
ISBN: 0006511864
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: VOYAGER (1999)
Pages: 348 pages