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Frameshift Paperback – October 13, 2005
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Rob has won Japan's Seiun Award for best foreign novel three times (for END OF AN ERA, FRAMESHIFT, and ILLEGAL ALIEN), and he's also won the world's largest cash-prize for SF writing -- the Polytechnic University of Catalonia's 6,000-euro Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficcion -- an unprecedented three times.
In 2007, he received China's Galaxy Award for most favorite foreign author. He's also won fourteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"), an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, ANALOG magazine's Analytical Laboratory Award for Best Short Story of the Year, and the SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE Reader Award for Best Short Story of the Year.
Rob's novels have been top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the GLOBE AND MAIL and MACLEAN'S bestsellers' lists, and they've hit number one on the bestsellers' list published by LOCUS, the U.S. trade journal of the SF field.
Rob is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, teaches SF writing occasionally, and edited his own line of Canadian science-fiction novels for Red Deer Press.
His novel FLASHFORWARD (Tor Books) was the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name. He enjoyed spending time on the set and wrote the script for episode 19 "Course Correction."
His WWW trilogy, WAKE, WATCH, and WONDER (Ace Books), is all about the World Wide Web gaining consciousness.
RED PLANET BLUES is Rob's noir detective novel about the only private detective working the mean streets of Mars. It's his most-recent novel in paperback.
Next up is Quantum Night (Ace Books), March 2016. Set in the present day, QUANTUM NIGHT is an exploration of the concept of the Philosophical Zombie: someone whose lights are on but no one is home. Sawyer posits that our population is dominated by these easily led, emotionally vacant followers. And who leads this vast mob? Psychopaths.
For more information about Rob and his award-winning books, check out his web page: http://sfwriter.com
Top Customer Reviews
Sawyer's characters are always excellent images. His Canadians are a wonderfully disparate group [Illegal Alien provides another good example]. Pierre's character is well drawn, although probably the most 'heroic' of all Sawyer's characters. It was surprising that he remains silent on the issue of Quebec independence. That Molly loves Pierre him because he thinks in French, which doesn't intrude on her 'space', was a charming idea.
At first, Molly's telepathic abilities seemed to suggest Sawyer had finally exceeded credibility. Telepathy, mysticism and inspiration from some divinity have too often been brought together to inspire religion with all its hurtful dogmas. That reaction was quelled after reading a fellow Canadian, Sharon Butala. Her non-fiction book, Wild Stone Heart, depicts a perfectly rational person subjected to 'experiences' she can't explain. Why do some people have these 'visions' while others don't? Perhaps, as Sawyer suggests here, there really is a genetic base for telepathy. It's an intriguing notion.
As usual, Sawyer's science is up to the minute. The current attempts to restore extinct species include the quagga, the thylacine [Tasmanian Devil] and even the Neanderthals Sawyer depicts here.Read more ›
The true strength of this book is the core protagonist of Pierre Tardivel, a french-Canadian genetecist who has to battle the uncertainty of being a man who may - or may not - have inherited Huntington's Disease. His struggle with his own genetic future is centre stage in this story.
But woven into this tale is a woman who can read minds, Molly. Though a genetic quirk of fate, her ability puts her in the forefront of a potential murder, and the story picks up steam from there.
Evolution, genetics, Nazi experimentation, murder, and a whole stream of incredibly rich plotlines cumulate into one great showdown of SF writing. As always, Sawyer's strong characterizaitons and his respect for science shine through, and I was gripped right to the end.
Give this a shot, you won't regret it.
The politics are clearly Canadian. But such politics are a staple of science-fiction. If you wish to draw a different world, it is your right as an author. Mr. Sawyer is better than most and seems to have made some good guesses about the future of medical insurance here in the US.
The flaw? Completely unnecessary and sexually explicit dialogue. I'm not talking about the depiction of ugliness in the concentration camp--that has, arguably, some necessary link to the story. And, let us stipulate that losers trying to pick up women might not have G-rated thoughts. However, the worst and most offensive writing inexplicably takes place in the description of a marital relationship where the emotional attachment of the characters did not require any further exposition. Why take a fine story that could potentially fire the imagination of a young person to study genetics and mar it with cheesy pornographic references? It is just a waste; takes a four-star book down to three.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Frameshift is a thought provoking, well written sci-fi novel. Heavily centered on genetics and genetics research, Pierre Tardivel is a genetic scientist who suffers from... Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Carl Alves
I'm a retired college biology teacher, ninety years old and got hooked on SF stories when I was in high school. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Robert B. Gordon
I've now read six Robert J. Sawyer books, so it's fair to say I'm a fan.
And I also think it's very safe to say if you like Sawyer's other works, you'll really enjoy... Read more
A 'frameshift' mutation is the adding or removing of one nucleotide to alter the genetic code of a living thing. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by Ray J. Palen Jr.
"Frameshift" by Robert J. Sawyer, © 1997
This story has a very odd premise. It also presents a truly unusual theory for the growth and development of species, just... Read more
I was excited to read Frameshift at first. A small-scale adventure, confined to one planet, to one species - humans. Read morePublished on November 15, 2006
This is the second novel I have read by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer and after this I will definitely be reading a lot more. Read morePublished on November 14, 2006 by James P. Lea
I bought Frameshift because of the Nazi war criminal angle. I always enjoy a good Nazi courtroom prosecution scene, and I thought this book was going to be another one of those. Read morePublished on November 6, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which examines some important moral and scientific issues. I liked Pierre and Molly and found the information on DNA fascinating. Read morePublished on September 2, 2006 by Theresa Welsh