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Afsan slapped his tail sideways against the soil, irritated by the memory. He drew his nictitating membranes over his eyes. The purple glow of the twilight still filtered through, but that was all. Afsan cleared his mind of all thoughts of old Saleed, opened the membranes, and drank in the beauty he had come here to enjoy.
A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge. Note: This is the book on which the 2009 ABC television network series was based.
Eighteen essays from Desmet (U. of Georgia), Sawyer (East Tennessee State U.) and other scholars consider the sources and impact of Harold Bloom's Shakespearean criticism. The volume includes contributions from well known critics as well as younger writers. Topics include, for example, Bloom's promotion of a new secular humanism, his criticism of Shakespeare's characters, and his exploration of the playwright's place in literary geography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
First in trilogy featuring contact between humans and a parallel universe where Neanderthals evolved a very different culture from our own.
second in the neanderthal parallax trilogy, which was begun with Hominids.
Concluding volume in the trilogy which also includes Hominids and Humans, both available on Bookshare.org.
When a disabled spaceship enters the Earth's atmosphere, fear is quickly replaced with awe. Seven members of the incredibly advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world with open arms, and the people of Earth put their best face forward. Then a popular scientist is found murdered. All evidence points to one of the Tosoks. For the first time, an alien is tried before humans in a court of law. And in the unprecedented trial, where two cultures clash, there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.
Jake transfers his consciousness to and android body, finds love and all is good. Then his lover's son sues for money and Jake's body demands its personhood back.
[From the dust jacket:] "Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such "revelatory and thought-provoking"* works as Triggers and the novels of the WWW trilogy, presents a noir mystery set on a lawless Mars in a future in which everything is cheap and life is even cheaper ... The name's Lomax--Alex Lomax. I'm the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded here in the Great Martian fossil Rush. I'm trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, tracking down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, the corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers--lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when I uncover clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what I'll dig up ..." Contains violence and detailed descriptions of torture.
This novel was serialized in four parts in Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine, with installments in the October 2006, November 2006, December 2006, and combined January--February 2007 issues. Exploring morals and ethics on both human and cosmic scales, Rollback is the big new SF novel for 2007 by Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Robert J. Sawyer.
Are you tired of all those endless science fiction series and turgid science fiction pseudo-fantasies? Do you yearn for the days of E. Doc Smith, when sci fi stories swept across galaxies? Well, Starplex, written by one of today's finest science fiction authors, takes you back to those days. Enjoy -- and strap in for a slamb-bang ride across the Universe! And beyond.
Although Caitlin Decter is blind, she can effortlessly surf the Internet by following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness. Then, when she can see both the web and the real world, her worldview changes--and cliche or not, there seems to be more than meets the eye in both realms.
Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer continues his "wildly thought- provoking" science fiction saga of a sentient World Wide Web. Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH--the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States--and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion, and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.
"A writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation" (New York Times) concludes his mindbending trilogy. Webmind--the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web--has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter--the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered and bonded with Webmind--wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything--Webmind included--may come crashing down.
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