Synopses & Reviews
Calculating God is the new near-future SF thriller from the popular and award-winning Robert J. Sawyer. An alien shuttle craft lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges, who says, in perfect English, "Take me to a paleontologist."
It seems that Earth, and the alien's home planet, and the home planet of another alien species traveling on the alien mother ship, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at about the same time (one example of these "cataclysmic events" would be the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs). Both alien races believe this proves the existence of God: i.e. he's obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets.
From this provocative launch point, Sawyer tells a fast-paced, and morally and intellectually challenging, SF story that just grows larger and larger in scope. The evidence of God's universal existence is not universally well received on Earth, nor even immediately believed. And it reveals nothing of God's nature. In fact. it poses more questions than it answers.
When a supernova explodes out in the galaxy but close enough to wipe out life on all three home-worlds, the big question is, Will God intervene or is this the sixth cataclysm:?
Calculating God is SF on the grand scale. Calculating God is a 2001 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.
"It's hard to think of a modern science-fiction author with dreams as vast as those of the internationally acclaimed Robert J. Sawyer."--The Toronto Star
"Is Sawyer Canada's answer to Michael Crichton? Very possibly yes."--Montreal Gazette
Praise for Calculating God:
“An enthralling story…. [The] climax [is] an exhilarating and touching glimpse of transcendence.”
“Vigorous speculation…Sawyer ends with some grandeur worthy of vintage Arthur C. Clarke.”
--The Denver Post
“Sawyer is first and foremost a writer of ideas, some concept that can drive a narrative through to a grand conclusion, one that remains true to science but often achieves that sense of transcendence that Samuel R. Delany once said was the sine qua non of science fiction. This is Sawyers great strength, and its fully present in Calculating God….A intellectual thriller with real bite.”
--The Edmonton Journal
When two alien cultures and Earth experience the same five cataclysmic events at the same time, both alien races believe this proves the existence of God--he's obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets. "Calculating God" is SF on the grand scale.
The provocative, near-future SF thriller from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author
An alien shuttle craft lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges and says, in perfect English, “Take me to a paleontologist.”
In the distant past, Earth, the aliens home planet, and the home planet of another alien species, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at the same time (one example: the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs). Both alien races believe this proves the existence of God: i.e., hes obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets. From this provocative launch point, Sawyer tells a fast-paced, morally and intellectually challenging story of ambitious scope and touching humanity. Calculating God is SF on a grand scale.
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer is the author of Flashforward, winner of the Aurora Award and the basis for the hit ABC television series. He is also the author of the WWW series—Wake, Watch and Wonder—Hominids, Mindscan, and many other books. He has won the Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial awards—making him one of only seven writers in history to win all three of science-fictions top awards for best novel. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga, Ontario.