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“At every opportunity, Sawyer forces his readers to think while holding their attention with ingenious premises and superlative craftsmanship.” Booklist
by Robert J. Sawyer
Rob's 25th novel!
Narrated by Academy Award-winner Brendan Fraser • Emmy Award-winner Luke Kirby • Dora Award-winner Vanessa Sears • Kim’s Convenience star Andrew Phung • and Gemini Award-winner Colm Feore
In 2059 two very different groups have their minds uploaded into a quantum computer in Waterloo, Ontario. One group consists of astronauts preparing for Earth’s first interstellar voyage. The other? Convicted murderers, serving their sentences in a virtual-reality prison. But when disaster strikes, the astronauts and the prisoners must download back into physical reality and find a way to work together to save Earth from destruction ...
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Robert Charles Wilson, Hugo Award-winning author of Spin
“A wicked-smart thrill ride from start to finish.
I loved it.”
“One of the best SF novels I’ve read in years.”
The Oppenheimer Alternative
by Robert J. Sawyer
“My favorite Sawyer book of all; a solid award contender!” Amazing Stories
“You can call this alternate history or alternate astrophysics (or both). Whatever term you choose, it’s a terrific story.” Eric Flint, author of 1632
“Science fiction fans will devour this smart speculative tale.” Publishers Weekly
“An imaginative restructuring of a phantasmagoric life into an alternative phantasmagorical story. Oppenheimer fans will be intrigued.” Martin J. Sherwin, co-author of American Prometheus, the basis for Christopher Nolan’s movie Oppenheimer
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“Some thriller writers get you worried about the future. Sawyer makes the present perilous.”
You can now support me directly via my Patreon page and receive exclusive perks, including lots of behind-the-scenes goodies such as my FlashForward script, sneak peeks at works in progress, and more. My most-generous patrons are the members of Team Sawyer, and I’m very, very grateful for their support:
Christopher Bair • Keith Ballinger • Kelly Barratt • Judith Bemis • Jennifer Blanchard • Rhonda Bradley • Bill Brooks • Wayne Brown • Matt Campbell • Matt Ceccato • Dr. James Christie • Phillip Clark • Christine V. Connell • Nancy T. Curriden • Robert M. David • Genevieve Doucette • Allison Dubarry • Hugh Gamble • Gordon Getgood • James Kerwin • Gregory Koch • Archie Kubacki • Matthew LeDrew • Adam Leon • Joel Lee Liberski • Kathe Lopez • Gillian Martin • Catharine McKeever • Cary Meriwether • Lisa Mishchenko • Christina Dawn Monroe • Arioch Morningstar • Kel N. • Anna Nelson • Shane P. Newton • The Nolan Family • Andrew Olsen • Ian Pedoe • Carolyn Collins Petersen • Bo Prince • Ken Ray • Carol Richards • Saul Rhymes • Fiona Reid Roma • Rahadyan Timoteo Sastrowardoyo • Robin Schumacher • Timothy W. Spencer • Andrew Tennant • Douglas Tindal • Miss R-Laurraine Tutihasi • Scott Wilson • Joshua Paul Wolff • Brian Wright • Len Zaifman
“Lately, I’ve been inspired by ideas from Robert J. Sawyer.”
Artificial-intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky
“Cracking open a Robert J. Sawyer book is like getting a gift from a friend who visits all the strange and undiscovered places in the world. You can’t wait to see what he’s going to amaze you with this time.”
“Rob Sawyer has carried the banner of Asimovian science fiction into the twenty-first century.”
Robert Charles Wilson
“Charming and provocative some of the most outrageous, stimulating speculation since Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land questioned our tired, timid conventions.” Publishers Weekly
The bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy explores a version of Earth where Neanderthals survived to the present and we did not and a portal that opens up between our world and theirs.
“Fresh, exhilarating. A dynamic and inspiring trilogy. Highly recommended.” The Toronto Star
“An uncanny allegory of the human condition.” Books in Canada
“Sawyer is a brilliant stylist who depicts daily-life events with a shattered worldview.”
The Gainesville (Florida) Sun
“Sawyer has won himself an international readership by reinvigorating the traditions of hard science fiction.”
Robert J. Sawyer, C.M., O.Ont., is a member of both The Order of Canada and the The Order of Ontario respectively, the highest honours given by his country and by his province and he is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As such, he is entitled to display the honour bars shown above and to wear the medals shown below, and he is also entitled to use the Order of Canada postnominal initials C.M. (standing for “Courage and Merit”) and the Order of Ontario postnominal initials O.Ont. Rob was the first person admitted to either order specifically for work in the science-fiction field.
Arthur Ellis Award • Nebula Award • Hugo Award • Toronto Public Library Award • John W. Campbell Memorial Award • First Honorary Doctorate • China’s Galaxy Award • One of the CanLit 30 • Best SF&F Audiobook of the Year • Hal Clement Award • Humanism in the Arts Award • Unprecedented Aurora Award wins • RTA School of Media Wall of Fame • Academic Conference Held in Rob’s Honour • Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award • Skylark Award • Second Honorary Doctorate • 15 Aurora Awards including Best of the Decade • Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame • 2023 Worldcon Guest of Honour
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history and the only Canadian to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (the full list of such winners: Paolo Bacigalupi, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Joe Haldeman, Frederik Pohl, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Connie Willis), and he’s the first author in thirty years to receive a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award.
“Robert J. Sawyer is just about the best science fiction writer out there these days.” Denver Rocky Mountain News
“Robert J. Sawyer is by any measure one of the world’s leading (and most interesting) science-fiction writers.” The Globe and Mail
“Robert J. Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation.” The New York Times
“Robert J. Sawyer is the science fiction genre’s northern star in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere. By any reckoning Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever.” Maclean’s: Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine
“Robert J. Sawyer is on a par with giants like Asimov and Heinlein and, perhaps more than any other science fiction writer working today, he understands that it’s a genre about ideas.” Mystery News
“Robert J. Sawyer is one of the most popular and successful science fiction authors in the world today.” Philosophy Now
“Robert J. Sawyer is one of the foremost science fiction writers of our generation.” SF Site
“Robert J. Sawyer is the leader of SF’s next-generation pack.” Barnes and Noble
“Robert J. Sawyer is one of the world’s most prominent science fiction writers.” The Calgary Sun
“Robert J. Sawyer is arguably the world’s top science fiction writer.” The Hamilton Spectator
“Robert J. Sawyer is the 21st century’s Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein, all in one.” Ethical Society of Saint Louis
“Robert J. Sawyer is a highly successful and accomplished novelist, a gentle giant of a writer.” The New York Review of Science Fiction
“Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction.” CBC Radio
“Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s leading SF author.” Booklist
“Robert J. Sawyer is the current king of Canadian science fiction” The Maine Edge (Bangor, Maine)
“Robert J. Sawyer is probably the best sci-fi writer Canada has ever produced.” Planet S: Saskatoon’s City Magazine
“Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s leading science fiction writer.” Galaxy’s Edge
“Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s premier science fiction writer.” Quill & Quire
“Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction.” The Ottawa Citizen
Rob’s novels are also #1 bestsellers in audio:
His novels have made numerous appearances on the two major top-ten national mainstream bestsellers’ lists in Canada, covering authors of all nationalities, reaching as high as:
And Sawyer titles have simultaneously been #4, #6, and #8 on the Edmonton Journal Fiction Bestsellers’ List.
At Bakka Phoenix Books, the world’s oldest extant science-fiction specialty bookstore, Rob’s books have been #1 on their lists of the bestselling books for the entire year a record-setting nine times:
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