Factoring Humanity

by Robert J. Sawyer

Tom Doherty Associates | May 15, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

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: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.78 × 4.24 × 0.91 in

Published: May 15, 1999

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812571290

ISBN - 13: 9780812571295

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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: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.78 × 4.24 × 0.91 in

Published: May 15, 1999

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812571290

ISBN - 13: 9780812571295

From the Publisher

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

Science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer has sold fifteen science fiction novels to major New York publishers, and won twenty-one national and international writing awards. Rob is the only author in history to win the top science fiction awards in the United States (the Nebula), Japan (the Seium), France (Le Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire) and Spain (Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficcion).  In addition, he's won five Aurora Awards (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award).

His The Terminal Experiment won the Nebula Award (the "Academy Award" of the science fiction field) for Best Novel of the Year, and he's had four consecutive best-novel nominations for the Hugo Award, science fiction's international people's choice award.

Robert J. Sawyer lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Carolyn Clink.

 

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In 2007, a signal comes from deep in space. It continues for ten years, then mysteriously stops. Heather Davis is a professor at the University of Toronto and has devoted her life to decoding the message. But her personal life is in shambles: she’s lost one child to suicide and her marriage may be next. But she finally deciphers the message and unleashes technology that could hold a new stage of human evolution – or destroy the human race altogether in Nebula Award winner Robert J. Sawyer’s Factoring Humanity.
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