[Robert J. Sawyer] Science Fiction Writer
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by Robert J. Sawyer

1995 Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment

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$23.95 ($32.95 CAN)
ISBN 0-312-86325-X

"The basic setup of The Terminal Experiment is that of a near-future thriller, and it works admirably . . .. [Sawyer has] done such a fine job, it's little wonder that earlier this year the book won the Nebula Award for best novel." — The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Quirky; diverting — an inventive and engaging novel." — New York Newsday on Far-Seer.

Robert J. Sawyer is the hottest writer of the science fiction thriller today. His last novel, The Terminal Experiment, was a finalist for the Hugo Award as well as the winner of the Nebula Award.

Orson Scott Card has said that Sawyer writes "with near-Asimovian clarity, with energy and drive, with such grace that his writing becomes invisible as the story comes to life in your mind." Now he has brought his powerful storytelling talents and his keen insight into the ramifications of the latest scientific breakthroughs to Frameshift.

Pierre Tardivel is a scientist working on the Human Genome Project with the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Burian Klimus. A driven man, Pierre works with the awareness that he may not have long to live: he has a fifty-fifty chance of dying from Huntington's disease, an incurable hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. While he still has his health, Pierre and his wife decide to have a child, and they search for a sperm donor. When Pierre informs Dr. Klimus of their plan, Klimus makes an odd but generous offer: to be the sperm donor as well as to pay for the expensive in vitro fertilization. Shortly thereafter it transpires that Klimus might be hiding a grim past: he may be Ivan Marchenko, the notorious Treblinka death-camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.

While digging into Klimus's past with the help of Nazi hunter Avi Meyer, Pierre and his wife discover that Pierre's insurance company has been illegally screening clients for genetic defects. The two lines of investigation begin to coverage in a sinister manner, while they worry about the possibility of bearing the child of an evil, sadistic killer . . .

ROBERT J. SAWYER lives in Thornhill, Ontario. His is the author of the Quintaglio Ascension trilogy, the three volumes of which are allegories about the lives of Galileo (Far-Seer), Darwin Fossil Hunter, and Freud Foreigner. His other novels include Golden Fleece, End of an Era, and Starplex, which was serialized in Analog magazine.

Praise for the Nebula Award winner The Terminal Experiment

"A well-balanced blend of scientific and mystery components, well characterized and plotted. Leaves the reader with some fascinating questions to ponder." — Science Fiction Chronicle

"A terrific mix of science, technological derring-do, and murder. A great story; a crackerjack novel." — The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"A very intriguing philosophical journey; a taut, believable, exciting story." — The Edmonton Journal

Praise for Robert J. Sawyer

"If Robert J. Sawyer were a corporation, I would buy stock in him. He's on my (extremely short) buy-on-sight list, and belongs on yours." — Spider Robinson.

"A skillful, even daring storyteller." — Amazing Stories

"A sense of wonder that hasn't prevailed in American SF since the days of Robert A. Heinlein." — Books in Canada

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