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The New Novel by Hugo and Nebula Award-Winner
Robert J. Sawyer

"I loved it!" Lee Smolin, bestselling author of The Trouble with Physics

"An imaginative restructuring of a phantasmagoric life into an alternative phantasmagorical story. Oppenheimer fans will be intrigued." Martin J. Sherwin, co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

"Impressive use of scientific and historical detail and Sawyer's characterization of the man himself pull back the layers of Oppenheimer's morals, genius, and grief. Science fiction fans will devour this smart speculative tale." Publishers Weekly

"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

"Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds," physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer famously exclaimed when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. His Manhattan Project gathered the greatest scientists ever assembled, including Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, Leo Szilard, and Enrico Fermi.

In this meticulously researched novel, Oppenheimer keeps those geniuses together after the war — joined by Albert Einstein, computing pioneer John von Neumann, and rocket designer Wernher von Braun — in hopes of saving our planet from an environmental catastrophe. If they succeed, they will be able to declare, "Now we are become life, the saviors of the world."

  • Trade paperbacks from CAEZIK SF&F Books (US) and Red Deer Press (Canada)
  • Unabridged audio version from Audible.com
  • eBook editions available worldwide

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eBook Editions Worldwide

[The Oppenheimer Alternative Canada Cover] Kindle: 978-1-988415-22-2

ePub (Kobo, Nook, Apple, etc.): 978-1-988415-23-9

Buying links below! • Discounted pre-release pricing

North American Print Editions

[The Oppenheimer Alternative US Cover]UNITED STATES:
An imprint of Arc Manor Books
June 2, 2020 • US$16.99 trade paperback
Distributed to bookstores by Ingram
ISBN: 978-1-64710-013-1
Buying links below!

[The Oppenheimer Alternative Canada Cover]CANADA:
Red Deer Press
An imprint of Fitzhenry & Whiteside
June 2, 2020 • Cdn$22.95 trade paperback
Distributed to bookstores by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
ISBN: 978-0-8899-5617-9
Buying links below!

(We'll save you the currency-conversion math: as of the date the books went to press, the two North American editions were within twenty-five cents of each other in price.)

Order an autographed print copy directly from the author!

Rest-of-the-World Print Edition

[The Oppenheimer Alternative Canada Cover]Print edition for the rest of the world:
June 2, 2020 • Locally priced trade paperback
Distributed by Amazon in UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, etc.
ISBN: 978-1-988415-24-6

Why separate editions? The U.S. publisher, which also does work by Robert A. Heinlein and Harry Turtledove, is positioning Rob's book for success in the science-fiction and alternate-history genres, and so wanted a classic-looking SF cover; this one was created by artist Scott Grimando, who has also done the covers for the most-recent issues of Heinlein books.

But the Canadian publisher, which has a sterling literary reputation (their titles have repeatedly won the Governor General's Award, Canada's highest literary honor), is aiming to build on Rob's mainstream national bestsellerdom there with this book. Their cover is by Bibliofic Designs in Alberta and reflects the current style used in packaging high-quality mainstream fiction.

Both editions have the same interior typesetting (except for the full-title and copyright pages), and, for authenticity and to capture the times, both editions use the spelling and punctuation conventions Oppenheimer himself would have employed during the 1940s through 1960s, which is when this book is set. For a detailed discussion of this, see the section on "Period Flavor" in Rob's Notes for the Copyeditor.

Meanwhile, Rob himself retained the print rights for the rest of the world. Trade-paperback editions will be available through all local Amazon stores worldwide starting June 2, 2020, with beautiful typesetting by Bibliofic Designs.

More about the North American editions.

Print, eBook, or Audiobook — Your Choice!

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eBook Editions

Special pre-order pricing on eBooks until June 2nd!

Australia:    Kindle  •  Kobo
Brazil:    Kindle  •  Kobo
Canada:    Kindle  •  Kobo  •  Apple
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Spain:    Kindle  •  Kobo
United States:    Kindle  •  Kobo  •  Nook  •  Apple

Audiobook Editions

Coming June 2nd on Audible!

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