Bellwether: A Novel by Connie WillisBellwether: A Novel by Connie Willis

Bellwether: A Novel

byConnie Willis

Mass Market Paperback | June 2, 1997

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Pop culture, chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula winning author of Doomsday Book.
   Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennet O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same
   company.   When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a                                                                         series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions.
Connie Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family.
Title:Bellwether: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.7 inPublished:June 2, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553562967

ISBN - 13:9780553562965


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! Well, this was a charming, clever and very funny little romp! Fiction about science, definitely not sci-fi (phew!)
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Belwether It's definitely not sci-fi like Willis' other books are sci-fi but it's still a fun weekend read. Easy to get through, unfortunately not big on character development but the flow was wonderful, I didn't mind the flaws.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it! Sandra Foster is a scientist working at a company called HiTek. She studies fads, and is currently working on figuring out how/where the hair bob fad started. HiTek has recently hired a new mail clerk who can’t seem to get anything right, nor does she seem to care. There is a grant awarded to scientists, sort of randomly, but HiTek wants to do everything they can to have one of their scientists win the grant. I liked it. There really isn’t very much of a plot, but I liked the characters and it was humourous. Reading about the various fads throughout history was fun, too.
Date published: 2010-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect What a perfect gem of a book. This is Willis at her funniest and sharpest and romantic-ness-est. A good place to start if you're wondering whether you'll like her or not. (Though be warning, half her books are deeply serious, the other--like this--are much lighter.)
Date published: 2008-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book is a keeper. I have been interested in chaos theory since Jurassic Park introduced the concept - The Bellwether clarities it.
Date published: 2000-01-20

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DConnie Willis has won more awards than anyone else in SF and fantasy for her work. Her skill is convincingly reinforced in this novella that combines such disparate subjects as chaos theory, sheep-raising and true love. Willis slyly lampoons society's herd mentality as she weaves the tale of a statistician and a scientist whose collaboration produces hilarious results, and may lead them to the stunning breakthrough for which they've been searching