Factoring Humanity

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Tom Doherty Associates, Nov 21, 2003 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

Solid ideas behind this, but the writing was pretty stiff. Definitely in the group of scifi where the ideas come first, and everything else is just there. Like the plot, which burns slowly, barely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Claire Carton - Goodreads

Like most of this authors work, the thought experiment at its heart is played out by characters who are honestly usually kind of wooden, like cutouts meant only to further the procession of the core ... Read full review

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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 Calculating God, Mindscan, the WWW series—Wake, Watch and Wonder—and many other books. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.

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