Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.7 × 4.26 × 0.83 in
Published: April 15, 2000
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0812580346
ISBN - 13: 9780812580341
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1 Day One: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 A slice through spacetime … The control building for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider was new: it had been authorized in A.D. 2004 and completed in 2006. The building enclosed a central courtyard, inevitably named “the nucleus.” Every office had a window either facing in toward the nucleus or out toward the rest of CERN’s sprawling campus. The quadrangle surrounding the nucleus was two stories tall, but the main elevators had four stops: the two above-ground levels; the basement, which housed boiler rooms and storage; and the minus-one-hundred-meter level, which exited onto a staging area for the monorail used to travel along the twenty-seven-kilometer circumference of the collider tunnel. The tunnel itself ran under farmers’ fields, the outskirts of the Geneva, airport, and the foothills of the Jura mountains. The south wall of the control building’s main corridor was divided into nineteen long sections, each of which had been decorated with a mosaic made by an artist from one of CERN’s member countries. The one from Greece depicted Democritus and the origin of atomic theory; the one from Germany portrayed the life of Einstein; the one from Denmark, that of Niels Bohr. Not all of the mosaics had physics as their themes, though: the French one depicted the skyline of Paris, and the Italian one showed a vineyard with thousands of polished amethysts representing individual grapes. The a
From the Publisher
The Aurora Award-winning novel that started it all!
Two minutes and seventeen seconds that changed the world
Suddenly, without warning, all seven billion people on Earth black out for more than two minutes. Millions die as planes fall from the sky, people tumble down staircases, and cars plow into each other.
But that’s the least of the survivors’ challenges. During the blackout, everyone experienced a glimpse of what his or her future holds—and the interlocking mosaic of these visions threatens to unravel the present.
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer is the Aurora Award-winning author of FlashForward, basis for the ABC TV series, the Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, and the Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment. 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.
From Our Editors
A scientific experiment crumbles when the world`s population is accidentally put to sleep for several minutes, thrusting everyone`s consciousness 21 years into the future. However, while everyone is looking into the future, their bodies fall unconscious, leaving them to awaken to car wrecks, botched surgeries and destruction. Author Robert J. Sawyer takes an incredible idea in his novel Flashforward and turns it into a compelling work that will make you question whether the future is really changeable.
"This first-rate, philosophical journey, a terrific example of idea-driven SF, should have wide appeal."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation."--The New York Times Book Review
Note that these questions reveal much of the novel's plot; to
preserve your reading pleasure, please don't look at these questions
until after you've finished reading the book.
- Because Lloyd Simcoe doesn't want to feel responsible for all
the death and destruction that occurs during the Flashforward,
he's desperate to believe that the past, present, and future are
fixed; if they are fixed, then what happened was inevitable and
therefore not truly Lloyd's fault. Theo Procopides, meanwhile,
discovering that he'll be dead in two decades, desperately wishes
to believe that the future is not fixed. Do you believe
the future is fixed, or can it be changed? Do you feel Lloyd is
to blame for Tamiko's death?
- If you were in the same situation as Lloyd and Michiko,
knowing that twenty-one years down the road you would no longer
be together, would you go ahead with the planned wedding? If you
were in the same situation as Theo's brother, Dim, and discovered
that your dreams were never going to come true, what would you
- In the novel, people had no choice about seeing their lives
in the future. If you were given a choice, would you choose to
have a glimpse of what the future hold for you? How would you
react if, like Theo, you discovered that you would be dead
twenty-one years in the future.
- Reverse the premise: What one piece of information from today
would you want to tell yourself twenty-one years ago? Job advice?
A hot stock tip? Something about your interpersonal relationships?
What truth about your life as it is today would you have been
grateful to know twenty-one years ago?
- In the novel, author Sawyer says the majority of the human race
would decide that they want to have the CERN experiment
reproduced. Granted the insights into the future are fascinating, but
given all the carnage that occurred the first time, do you think it's
realistic that most people would be willing to try again? What
could go wrong with Project Klaatu (the attempt to make sure no
one gets hurt the second time the experiment is run)?
- Flashforward is full of scientists. Did they
seem like real people to you? Could you identify with them, even
if you, yourself, are not a scientist? Why or why not?
- What, if anything, is Theo's hamartia -- his fatal
flaw? Do all of the characters have a fatal flaw? What is your
fatal flaw? Does knowing what our flaws are help us? Or are we
blind to our own flaws, and can only see them in others?
- Theo Procopides survives at the end, even though he had no
vision. In essence, his future is now a blank slate. Do you
accept his sudden need for family, for someone to fill that void?
What do you think the future holds for Theo and Michiko?
- Lloyd is offered immortality -- but with strings attached.
Would you take the opportunity to live forever? What if your
spouse could not live forever with you? Did you believe Lloyd's
choice, turning down immortality in favor of living out the rest
of a normal life with Doreen? What if you were the only
immortal, and you outlived the rest of the human race -- would
you want to live forever even if it meant you would be all alone?
- Young Jacob Horowitz makes his vision come true. At the end
of the novel, he and Carly Tompkins are happily married with
children. Did their relationship succeed because of their
mutual visions? Would Lloyd Simcoe have said they were "fated"
to be together?