Factoring Humanity

by Robert J. Sawyer

Tom Doherty Associates | November 21, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Factoring Humanity is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

When Heather achieves a breakthrough, the message reveals a startling new technology that rips the barriers of space and time, holding the promise of a new stage of human evolution. In concert with Kyle''s discoveries of the nature of consciousness, the key to limitless exploration---or the end of the human race---appears close at hand.

Sawyer has created a gripping thriller, a pulse-pounding tour of the farthest reaches of technology.
 
Factoring Humanity is a 1999 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.24 × 5.56 × 0.86 in

Published: November 21, 2003

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765309033

ISBN - 13: 9780765309037

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Factoring Entertainment A deep read, "Factoring Humanity" does something you rarely get to see done in SF: alien first contect done well. In this case, a signal has been broadcasting to earth from elsewhere for years. Humanity's response? Since they can't figure it out: boredom. Capturing some of humanity's best (and worst) traits and writing his characters with amazing flair, Sawyer has really spun a great story here. You can truly feel for the heroine of the story, and the aliens play a role that is not just the typical "they exist and how they affect humanity" plot. A great read.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling, thoughtful reading This book has it all......examinations on what it means to be human. ...dissections of the complexities between the sexes and within families ...damning words for those who abuse creativy or technology ...thoughtful insights into old scientific issues. This is one of the only books I've ever finished, turned over and re-read...three times. I've told everyone in my life about it and have urged everyone to read it. No one has been disappointed. It's a must read.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Factoring Humanity

by Robert J. Sawyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.24 × 5.56 × 0.86 in

Published: November 21, 2003

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765309033

ISBN - 13: 9780765309037

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1     Heather Davis took a sip of her coffee and looked at the brass clock on the mantelpiece. Her nineteen-year-old daughter Rebecca had said she''d be here by 8:00 P.M., and it was already eight-twenty. Surely Becky knew how awkward this was. She had said she''d wanted a meeting with her parents--both of them, simultaneously. That Heather Davis and Kyle Graves had been separated for almost a year now didn''t enter into the equation. They could have met at a restaurant, but no, Heather had volunteered the house--the one in which she and Kyle had raised Becky and her older sister Mary, the one Kyle had moved out of last August. Now, though, with the silence between her and Kyle having stretched on for yet another minute, she was regretting that spontaneous offer. Although Heather hadn''t seen Becky for almost four months, she had a hunch about what Becky wanted to say. When they spoke over the phone, Becky often talked about her boyfriend Zack. No doubt she was about to announce an engagement. Of course, Heather wished her daughter would wait a few more years. But then again, it wasn''t as if she was going to university. Becky worked in a clothing store on Spadina. Both Heather and Kyle taught at the University of Toronto--she in psychology, he in computer science. It pained them that Becky wasn''t pursuing higher education. In fact, under the Faculty Association agreement, their children were entitled to free tuition at U of T. At least Mary had taken advantage of
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In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

When Heather achieves a breakthrough, the message reveals a startling new technology that rips the barriers of space and time, holding the promise of a new stage of human evolution. In concert with Kyle''s discoveries of the nature of consciousness, the key to limitless exploration---or the end of the human race---appears close at hand.

Sawyer has created a gripping thriller, a pulse-pounding tour of the farthest reaches of technology.
 
Factoring Humanity is a 1999 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

About the Author

Robert J. Sawyer is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, the Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment, and the Aurora Award-winning author of FlashForward, basis for the ABC TV series. He is also the author of Calculating God, Mindscan, the WWW series—Wake, Watch and Wonder—and many other books. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.
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