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For Release Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Donald Trump is President. How the Hell Did That Happen?
A year ago, science-fiction writer and futurist
Robert J. Sawyer
accurately predicted the rise of a far-right psychopath coming
from out of nowhere to become the American president, propelled
into office by large numbers of people manipulated to vote
against their own best interests.
Sawyer's predictions have often come true in the past, but none
so quickly or with such far-reaching consequences. Now, with the
paperback release of his bestselling
after its successful run in hardcover, readers
can follow along with Sawyer's characters an experimental
psychologist and an expert on the physics of consciousness
as they come to understand how authoritarians manipulate the
masses to follow them ... right to the brink of oblivion.
Building on the cutting-edge research including Prof.
Robert D. Hare's world-famous studies of psychopathy done at the
University of British Columbia and Prof. Bob Altemeyer's research
into authoritarian leaders conducted at the University of
Manitoba (and quoted extensively by Nixon White House counsel
John Dean in his nonfiction book Conservatives without
Conscience) Sawyer has drawn together the latest in
real-world scientific thought to explain exactly how we got to
the political situation we find ourselves in today.
Sawyer was right in his prediction of a Trump-like president.
Will Sawyer also turn out to be right in his prediction of the
that president's next move: an invasion of Canada?
In its starred review of Quantum Night
denoting a book of exceptional merit Publishers
Weekly says Sawyer's "story is uncomfortably close to
present day fears."
And Oxford University's Kevin Dutton, one of the world's leading
expert on psychopathy, says "Quantum Night is a
fast-paced thinking-person's thriller richly informed by modern
science. Sawyer has certainly done his homework about psychopaths
and he understands well that, far from being just the occasional
headline-grabbing serial killer, they're everywhere."
Sawyer, a member of the Order of Canada, and
bestselling author of
which was adapted as an ABC TV series, is one of only eight
people in history and the only Canadian to win all
three of the world's top awards for best science fiction novel of
the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell
Memorial Award. As a futurist, he's consulted with NASA, spoken
at Google's headquarters, and advised Canada's federal Department
of Justice. Quantum Night, his 23rd novel, is his
most prescient, and timely, work of prediction to date.
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