Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.22 × 5.49 × 0.93 in
Published: March 3, 2009
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765322897
ISBN - 13: 9780765322890
Read from the Book
Calculating God 1 I know, I know--it seemed crazy that the alien had come to Toronto. Sure, the city is popular with tourists, but you''d think a being from another world would head for the United Nations--or maybe to Washington. Didn''t Klaatu go to Washington in Robert Wise''s movie The Day the Earth Stood Still? Of course, one might also think it''s crazy that the same director who did West Side Story would have made a good science-fiction flick. Actually, now that I think about it, Wise directed three SF films, each more stolid than its predecessor. But I digress. I do that a lot lately--you''ll have to forgive me. And, no, I''m not going senile; I''m only fifty-four, for God''s sake. But the pain sometimes makes it hard to concentrate. I was talking about the alien. And why he came to Toronto. It happened like this ... The alien''s shuttle landed out front of what used to be the McLaughlin Planetarium, which is right next door to the Royal Ontario Museum, where I work. I say it used to be the planetarium because Mike Harris, Ontario''s tightfisted premier, cut the funding to the planetarium. Hefigured Canadian kids didn''t have to know about space--a real forward-thinking type, Harris. After he closed the planetarium, the building was rented out for a commercial Star Trek exhibit, with a mockup of the classic bridge set inside what had been the star theater. As much as I like Star Trek, I can''t think of a sadder comment on Canadian educational priorities.
From the Publisher
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 alien’s 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., 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, morally and intellectually challenging story of ambitious scope and touching humanity. Calculating God is SF on a grand scale.
Calculating God is a 2001 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 the WWW series—Wake, Watch and Wonder—and many other books. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.
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 Sawyer’s great strength, and it’s fully present in Calculating God….A intellectual thriller with real bite.”
--The Edmonton Journal