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The Terminal Experiment Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011
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The Terminal Experiment has propelled Robert J. Sawyer into the limelight as one of science fiction's hot new writers, earning him the prestigious Nebula Award in the process. In this fast-paced thriller, Dr. Peter Hobson's investigations into death and afterlife lead him to create three separate electronic versions of himself: one has no memory of physical existence and represents life after death; one has no knowledge of death or aging and represents immortality; and the third is left unaltered as a control. But all three have escaped into the worldwide matrix...and one of them is a killer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
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More very good Science Fiction from a very good Science Fiction writer!
I have read reviews of Robert J. Sawyer's books criticizing his "Star Trek" and other pop-culture references, and to that I suggest these critics note the references to Shakespeare, Greek mythology, not to mention untranslated Latin quotations routinely found in earlier popular authors; Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels for instance; and realize that all authors cite what are familiar and normal parts of their world.
Oddly enough, that's not really what the book is about, except for openers. He goes a lot further in trying to comprehend this "soul" phenomenon, and what death really is -- and is not -- in ways that may or may not qualify as scientific. They are based on technology, sure enough, but he and his partner seem to do a lot of interpretation which goes well beyond the facts. But then, so does the mass media in reporting all that he is getting into.
Still, they have an even more daring experiment which is not reported to the media, or to anyone else, and for which Peter is himself the guinea pig. Since I really hate spoilers, let's just say that I don't agree that his experimental design would measure what he thought it would, and the end of the story at least partially vindicates my skepticism. In the meantime, several murders and disappearances, and one or two rather impressive liars, are encountered.
This is a good read, but not quite up to the standards of Sawyer's best work.
This book does not disapoint. Sawyer is one of those rare authors who not only explores the changes we face with technical advances, but also the deeper issues of morality and theology. "The Terminal Experiment" explores the issue of life, and what constitutes life, in much the same way as Philip K. Dick did in "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" years ago, but in a fresh way.
This book, along with everything else that Sawyer has written (and hopefully for years to come, what he will write) is well worth the cost of the books.
Then Dr. Hobson wonders what it is like to "be" a soul - a soul minus a body. So, Peter and Dr. Sarkar, a Muslim schoolmate and friend, decide to create simulations of Peter's brain to test their theories on the soul. Sarkar is a computer whiz and is able to remap Peter's brain as a simulation in a computer program - they download 3 versions of Peter's memories - 3 simulations, Then things become frightening and desperate - when the people that Peter does not like begin to die.
In the middle of this Peter's learns of his wife's infidelity - he is badly shaken. When Hans, the man that his wife had an affair with, is murdered - you end up with a futuristic mystery with drama, stress and ethics problems thrown in. This is a thoroughly entertaining story. A fast pace story, it is also thought-provoking and intelligent.
The only problem with the book that I had was that I thought Peter was just a little too "stilted" in some of his views
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