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Flashforward Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Slowly, as recovery efforts continue, people realize that during the Flashforward (as it comes to be called) they experienced a vision of the future. The range of visions is astounding--those who would be asleep in the future saw psychedelic dream landscapes, while others saw nothing at all (presumably they'd be dead). But those who saw everyday life 20 years hence have to come to grips with evidence of dreams forsaken (or realized). Soon, the physicists who caused the Flashforward are struggling to help the world decide whether the future is changeable--and whether the experiment is worth repeating. Robert J. Sawyer has captured a truly compelling idea with Flashforward, and he fully explores what such an event might mean to humanity. Fans will find this to be his best work to date, although the ending seems rushed after a detailed buildup. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I enjoyed this book very much: the story itself was fascinating, and thought-provoking, and the author is clearly an intelligent man with an intriguing imagination. However, I had a big problem with the execution of the story; Mr. Sawyer's a great storyteller, to be sure, but an awkward, almost amateurish writer. While the book was an easy, accessible read, I found it to be equally as clunky and frustrating in parts -- especially his shockingly excessive use of the word "doubtless," which was so abundant that it became distracting and, toward the end, grated on my every nerve. (How his editors let it go to press with such a glaring flaw is beyond me.)
Still, I recommend this book to anyone who's interested in time travel and is looking for some light sci-fi reading. And, in spite of my feeling toward the author's technical skill as a writer (or lack thereof), the story itself was compelling enough to make me consider the idea of reading some of his other books.
I thought the concept was good. But, as I said, the execution was poor. I would have liked to have seen how everyday citizens reacted to their future visions, and how they tried to change them or help them come to fruition. Less pseudoscience, more fiction.
That last piece was a) totally unnecessary for the rest of the story, but b) left a very stale taste in the mind. In other words: it diminished an excellent book to (just) very good.
I observed the same thing in "Calculating God". If Sawyer just knew when to stop, it would IMHO make his novels so much better. A similar story is told by James Hogan in "Thrice upon a Time" and since it is much more focused, it is a better novel.
In this one the potential is there for so much more, but the author overreaches. In a way he was on flash forward too...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Remember the tv series based upon this novel and recall thinking it was a great concept but didn't pick up on the source. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kay Smillie
Unique idea. The author used the idea well to discuss many philosophies and scientific theories I've pondered about myself. The characters are a little flat. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ROBERT L PENCE
Techy books interest me to a certain extent, but my attraction to this book was to see how the author resolved the important questions raised. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. E. (Murphy) Waggoner
I bought this book after watching the TV show. I thought the TV show is much better. Too bad the network did not renew the series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by tt
Conceptually loaded with potential, Fast Forward only partly delivers. I only watched a few episodes of the TV show back when it aired, and decided that I'd rather read the book,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Aaron Bellamy
was made into a series for television, the book is much more intriguing and the story line richer and more intense.Published 6 months ago by SpiritGrove Farm
(Spoiler Review) The characters could have been fleshed out more and I felt that the female characters were given the short shrift when it came to character development. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cadance Renene
This is an odd combination: a great idea, intriguing and suspenseful, which doesn't really seem to go anywhere. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Kenney