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review 2013-12-18 00:00
The Terminal Experiment
The Terminal Experiment - Robert J. Sawyer The thing I like about Robert J Sawyer books, at least the two that I've read, is that he follows his premise through unflinchingly and to the end. I may not agree with all of the ramifications of the premise, but at least he doesn't look back. He writes this story that is possible from this premise.

The premise, in this case, is "what if there was proof of a soul?" The book can't be completely boiled down to that, there are other big questions explored, such as the afterlife, the nature of morality, and the nature of human experience, but it all starts at the proof of a soul. Someone more shrewd than myself would probably be able to read this and ferret out where Mr Sawyer himself stands on the topic, but he avoids being preachy (except, perhaps, on the topic of monogamy) enough for my eyes to stay rooted to the page rather than rolling around in exasperation.

If you liked [b:Flashforward|337132|Flashforward|Robert J. Sawyer|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1316727290s/337132.jpg|327550] this book will be up your alley. If you like "what if we had proof of..." premises, I recommend checking out [b:Anathem|2845024|Anathem|Neal Stephenson|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1224107150s/2845024.jpg|6163095].
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review 2013-10-23 09:31
Review: Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer
Flashforward - Robert J. Sawyer

This is entertainment fiction, specifically science fiction. As I read less and less genre fiction, it takes a lot for me to stick with such books. I tend to gravitate towards literary fiction because I love the unsaid contract between author and reader that states: if I (the author) accomplish this properly, you (the reader)  will be wholly invested in my character(s).

 

Now, having previously read a Sawyer book which I did enjoy tremendously for its ideas (back when I wasn't so picky), namely The Terminal Experiment, I decided to give this book a try since it's been on my shelf for a while. I've recently downsized and reorganized my library, getting rid of some 200 books, mostly genre based or non-fiction that I don't intend to reference anymore. So, I needed to decide whether this stays or goes.

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review 2013-05-30 00:00
The Terminal Experiment
The Terminal Experiment - Robert J. Sawyer,Paul Hecht A murder mystery, a contemplation about immortality, life after-death, morality, and how technology will be intertwined with moral issues in the very near future. It was dated as it was written in 1995, and set in 2011. We aren't technologically ahead as the author would want us to be. I enjoyed it.
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review 2012-11-08 00:00
The Terminal Experiment - Robert J. Sawyer Blurb - The Terminal Experiment is a science fiction novel by Canadian novelist Robert J Sawyer. The book won the 1995 Nebula Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1996.An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson's computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.Robert Sawyer has won many awards for his science fiction, which is praised for its blend of high-tech mystery and suspenseful pacing.MP3 64kbpsNarrator:Paul Hecht Running Time:9 hours
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