- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765313162
- ISBN-13: 978-0765313164
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,810,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frameshift Paperback – October 13, 2005
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“Filled to bursting with ideas, characters, and incidents.” ―The New York Times
“You hardly need me to tell you to buy his latest, Frameshift. You know it's good, you know he gets the techy bits right, and you know he's interesting and thought-provoking.” ―Analog
“Robert Sawyer's science fiction is always ambitious, well-written, and imaginative. With each novel he keeps getting better.” ―Kevin J. Anderson
“Sawyer has created a gripping medical sf thriller...Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, the Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment, and the Aurora Award-winning author of FlashForward, basis for the ABC TV series. He is also the author of Calculating God, Mindscan, the WWW series―Wake, Watch and Wonder―and many other books. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.
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On the other hand, the mysterious ability to read other people's minds is, in my opinion, a greatly over-worked scifi gimick. Also, the greedy corporation that will sink to any depths to enrich itself is an overdone cliche. The notion that a business should bankrupt itself on behalf of a tiny minority of incurable people is as ridiculous as the idea that a company would murder such people. Further, the spectre of a neanderthal child being raised like an ordinary child struck me as silly. Emotionally appealing, but silly. Finally, the "DIEHARD" (think Bruce Willis) climax was predictable and tired.
FRAMESHIFT was OK, but I would have liked it better if Sawyer hadn't cluttered it up with so many sub-plots. He should also have tried harder to resist the temptation to use his story as his own personal little soapbox. I don't know about you, but I read this stuff to be entertained, not to give some writer a platform to preach to me. From my perspective, it's a mediocre three stars. Proceed at your own risk.
Robert B. Gordon
This is the first Robert Sawyer novel that I have read, and I enjoy his prose and story telling style. The characters are well developed. There is a sufficient amount of tension in the story, and there is a decent mystery component to it. There were some flaws in the novel. I thought the genetics described in the book was a little more detailed than it needed to be. The beginning of the story jumps in time back and forth and was hard to follow. The story went a little too heavy into conspiracies, and in particular, the one involving the insurance company made me groan. That being said, this was a well written and enjoyable story that I would recommend.
Carl Alves - author of Blood Street
And I also think it's very safe to say if you like Sawyer's other works, you'll really enjoy "Frameshift." It's vintage Sawyer, if I might say so after my having read about a quarter of what he's written. It's all here: his love of science, his hope to be able to benevolently blend religion into sci-fi, his love of Canada (especially its socialized medicine), and his hope that science is the door to explain our relationship with the cosmos.
And for those who don't know Sawyer, I want to stress this: the author loves to write compelling novels first, about people, and second, about science. I really thought about reversing those two, as science is a HUGE part of these novels, but ultimately decided that his stories are about how science makes us MORE human, and these stories continually ask us to consider Big Thoughts, and not run away from them by pigeonholing ourselves through institutions like politics and organized religion.
What compels me to read Sawyer, and I hope others come to see this, too, is that his books are not primarily about "gee whiz" Buck Rogers sci-fi. Not that his books aren't exciting--they are, and often because of the really unusual science concepts he invents or investigates. But he bases the story in real life, in people with real problems, and then the science provides the key.
Here it is genetics at the heart of each of the various plotlines of the story: the protagonist has a 50-50 chance of having the gene for Huntington's Disease, and now there is a great chance he might not survive long enough to make a key genetic discovery; his boss is a horrible man who might not only be hiding the fact that he is Ivan the Terrible from the Treblinka death camp, but may be willing to make a horrendous choice involving the genetics of another key character; and finally, an insurance company is prospering, but it's the "how" that's important...
What I like best about Sawyer is his clear, concise style...he does not have excess material in the book, and you can count on every element of the story ultimately figuring into to the ending. Additionally, Sawyer has the ability not only to make his story about people, but also to craft it into a compelling tension that provides a makes reading an adventure.
Sawyer's books are always reaffirming and positive, and he is above all diligent in his works about explaining to us why we are indeed capable of great things, and, especially, that science and religion are positive institutions that may help us learn just why we are on this earth. It is through Sawyer that I have really begun to realize that science and religion do not live at opposing sides of the track, but may indeed be friendly and cooperative neighbors.
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