Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

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Robert J. Sawyer's award-winning science fiction has garnered both popular and critical acclaim. The New York Times Book Review called Frameshift "filled to bursting with ideas, characters and incidents". His novels are fixtures on the Hugo and Nebula ballots. Sawyer now brings us Flashforward, the story of a world-shattering discovery. In pursuit of an elusive nuclear particle, an experiment goes incredibly awry, and, for a few moments, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by about twenty years. As the implications truly hit home, the pressure to repeat the experiment builds. Everyone wants a glimpse of their future, a chance to flashforward and see their successes ... or learn how to avoid their failures. Winner of the Aurora Award and the basis for the hit ABC television series.

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About Robert J. Sawyer

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Robert J. Sawyer has been called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen. 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.
Published May 6, 2014 by Tor Books. 321 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science & Math. Fiction

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A science experiment that unwittingly shuts down all human consciousness for two minutes is the catalyst for a creative exploration of fate, free will and the nature of the universe in Sawyer's soul-searching new work (after Factoring Humanity).

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The Telegraph

What if everyone in the world experienced the exact same phenomenon at the exact same time for precisely two minutes, seventeen seconds, asks ABC's FlashForward?

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Suite 101

Creator Simon Barry dropped by the Toronto Fan Expo with cast members of Continuum to speak with fans and confirm that a second season is on the way.

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SF Site

When a book is re-released as a tie-in (showing not the original cover artwork but a teaser for a TV series or movie), it all but guarantees that readers will compare the book to the new work inspired by it.

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SF Site

For example, Theo's quest to prevent his future murder is a plot element which Sawyer relies on to pull readers through the second half of the novel, but it fails to generate much tension since Theo is such an unsympathetic git.

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SF Signal

Posted on July 26, 2012 by Bryan Thomas Schmidt in Interviews, SFFWRTCHT // 2 Comments.

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Book Geeks

Spurred by the the need to know what the future holds for him Theo creates the Mosaic project to collect the stories of anyone who is willing to share their visions, hoping that someone else has had a vision of him in the future.

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Locus Mag

(Recalling that one prominent science fiction writer told me that, when the series Star Trek: Enterprise [2001-2005] was floundering, he had been approached by the producers, seeking ideas for reviving the series, I discern a pattern: as was not the case in the 1950s and 1960s, when television ea...

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