"The basic setup of The Terminal Experiment
is that of a near-future thriller,
and it works admirably . . .. [Sawyer has] done such a fine job, it's little wonder that
earlier this year the book won the Nebula Award for best novel." -- The
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
"Quirky; diverting -- an inventive and engaging novel." -- New York Newsday
Robert J. Sawyer is the hottest writer of the science fiction thriller today.
His last novel, The Terminal Experiment
was a finalist for the Hugo Award as well as the winner of the Nebula Award.
Orson Scott Card has said that Sawyer writes "with near-Asimovian
clarity, with energy and drive, with such grace that his writing becomes
invisible as the story comes to life in your mind." Now he has brought
his powerful storytelling talents and his keen insight into the ramifications
of the latest scientific breakthroughs to Frameshift
Pierre Tardivel is a scientist working on the Human Genome Project with the
Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Burian Klimus. A driven man, Pierre works with
the awareness that he may not have long to live: he has a fifty-fifty
chance of dying from Huntington's disease, an incurable hereditary disorder
of the central nervous system. While he still has his health, Pierre and
his wife decide to have a child, and they search for a sperm donor.
When Pierre informs Dr. Klimus of their plan, Klimus makes an odd but
generous offer: to be the sperm donor as well as to pay for the expensive
in vitro fertilization. Shortly thereafter it transpires that Klimus
might be hiding a grim past: he may be Ivan Marchenko, the notorious
Treblinka death-camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.
While digging into Klimus's past with the help of Nazi hunter Avi Meyer,
Pierre and his wife discover that Pierre's insurance company has been
illegally screening clients for genetic defects. The two lines of
investigation begin to coverage in a sinister manner, while they worry
about the possibility of bearing the child of an evil, sadistic killer . . ..
ROBERT J. SAWYER lives in Thornhill, Ontario. His is the author of
the Quintaglio Ascension
trilogy, the three volumes of which are
allegories about the lives of Galileo (Far-Seer
Darwin Fossil Hunter
, and Freud