|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
He is one of only seven writers in history—and the only Canadian—to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1995 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2005 for Mindscan).
In total, Rob has authored over 18 science-fiction novels and won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, including a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”) and the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award, one of Canada’s most significant literary honors. In 2008, he received his tenth Hugo Award nomination for his novel Rollback.
His novels have been translated into 14 languages. They are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada and have hit number one on the Locus bestsellers’ list.
Born in Ottawa in 1960, Rob grew up in Toronto and now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto), with poet Carolyn Clink, his wife of twenty-four years.
He was the first science-fiction writer to have a website, and that site now contains more than one million words of material.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well truth be told, I did read this book in one sitting, I really couldn't put it down. On the other hand, the whole sub-plot of the affair between the main charactor and his wife sounds more like the author dealing with personal problems than an important part of the story. The mystery will keep you guessing to the end however. This book is a pretty good read.
This book is practically advertised as a mystery. "Dr. Peter Hobson... has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. ... But now all three of them have escaped from Hobson's computer... and one of them is a killer." Now I have a soft spot for science fiction mysteries ever since I read Asimov's Mysteries in days of yore. (Note to self: pull that one off the shelf for a re-read.) Problem is, the mystery of The Terminal Experiment isn't all that hard to figure out. The science fiction part, on the other hand is excellent. Dr. Hobson's impetus for creating his simulations is his scientific discovery of the human soul. Mr. Sawyer does an excellent job of showing the consequences of this discovery while also telling the tale of troubles between Hobson and his wife. (Which provides motives for the killing spree.) The tale evolves, all the while looking at the concept of death and life after death. Another excellent tale, securing Mr. Sawyer's position as one of my favorite scince fiction authors. I've got to reserve some more room for his books on my shelf.--J.
Another very good read by Robert J. Sawyer. I may have had more fun finding mistakes in this story when I read it than just following the story itself. I know I mentioned a few of them to others. It seemed like just about everything that happened between the writing of this book and the time the story was set in (up to December 2011 which is when I actually read the book) was different from what happened in the book except the name of the current pope. If a certain author hadn't died young, a part of this story might have been more true, and close to the mention of that author in the book, it mentioned someone else that's currently alive as having passed on. Of course when the book was written it would have been safe to guess they end up the other way around.