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Writing Calculating God
by Robert J. Sawyer
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The idea for Calculating God
has been in my head since
1983. I was 23, an atheist with a freshly minted degree in
broadcasting, when a coalition of faith groups applying to the
Canadian government for a broadcasting license hired me as their
And I had one of those "the world is more complex than I
thought" revelations that are so common at that age. I'd assumed
the I'd be dealing with fools comforting themselves with
simplistic stories. But I was wrong. The people I met were
witty, intelligent, wise, funny (sometimes profanely so), and
well-read. I realized that belief in God was something many very
bright people felt strongly.
Over the intervening years, I found many other people I
greatly admired mainstream cosmologists, physicists, even
evolutionists talking about intelligent design, and the
evidence they saw for a creator. And as I read, and thought, and
grew, Calculating God took shape. When I finally did come to
set it down on paper, I wrote it faster than any book I'd ever
done it was clearly ready to be born. I'm delighted (and,
frankly, a bit surprised) that such a personal work has been so
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