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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Great story telling. - Goodreads
The writing is OK, the plot is just schlocky and dull. - Goodreads
It's nice to have that change of pace. - Goodreads
However, the ending disappointed me. - Goodreads
... i loved sawyer's depiction of the 4th dimension! - Goodreads
The ending was way too sugary for my taste... - Goodreads

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User Review  - Regan Wann - Goodreads

I stuck with this book in the hopes that it would, somehow, pull the story out at the end. While it was mildly interesting in an "isn't that...uh...nice?" sort of way, overall I can't recommend this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ric Millen - Goodreads

Usual simple story telling that combines an uncomplicated human plot-line and his usual interesting mix of cutting edge and speculative physics. Classic sc-fi with a contemporary touch. 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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