Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Davis Enterprise loves Rollback

The Davis Enterprise is the newspaper in Davis, California. On May 17, 2007 (although I only just found out about it today), the paper reviewed my Rollback; the reviewer was Kristin Gray, and here's some of what she had to say:

Whenever I hear the adage that science fiction one day will become science fact, I think of Sawyer's novels. He explores the hard science behind some of our most sought-after advances, and he also discusses what they'll do to our psyches and morals. ...

[In Rollback] heavy issues are wrapped up in a story that is so poignant that I found myself in tears. I admire Sawyer for not feeding us any easy answers, because there really aren't any. Touching and thought-provoking, Rollback has become one of my favorite science fiction novels. It educates and enlightens, and it just might make you think as well.

Sawyer has written another classic.

The full review is here

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At June 17, 2007 11:47 AM , Anonymous Brad Siemens said...

Congratulation on another fine effort. I enjoyed it and would recommend it without reservation (or genre affiliation)

I attended your book signing in London and was, once more, impressed with your ability to convey complex ideas and issues in a straight forward terms. Well done. I wish I would have thought to ask you but have you seen 'The Great Global Warming Swindle'? It is an excellent treatment of the subject and I was impressed with the credentials of the participants as well as the rational treatment of the subject.

Congrats again and enjoy the norther exposure.

At June 17, 2007 12:59 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Thanks for the comments, Brad. When you say you were impressed "with the credentials of the participants," did you actually research them, or do you mean simply that the institutional affiliations flashed under their pictures sounded good?

First up in that documentary, for instance, is Tim Ball of the University of Winnipeg -- but here's what Source Watch has to say about him.

For a much larger pool of people with much more credible credentials, see here.

That said, I'm not going to let this topic -- a nice review of Rollback, yay! -- drift off into a discussion of climate change; there are much better fora elsewhere for that debate. :)

At June 17, 2007 5:21 PM , Anonymous Brad Siemens said...

I haven't done as much research as I should but, like you, I don't want to debate here, although, I would very much like to see such a debate. I found it interesting that a lead author of Chapter 2 of the IPCC Third Assessment Report, John Christy, had to resort to legal threats to have his name removed as they refused to publish findings that didn't agree with the overall tenor of the report.

Hey, once the web reaches sentience, perhaps it (he/she?) could serve to mitigate damage caused by wasteful polemic on both sides. Just a thought? :0

Thanks again for wonderful hours with your books!


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