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Above It All

First published in the anthology Dante’s Disciples, edited by Peter Crowther and Edward E. Kramer (White Wolf, February 1996). In 2008 was included in Iterations And Other Stories collection (1st edition Quarry Press, January 2002).


Winner of the CompuServe Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum’s Sixth Annual HOMer Award for Best Short Story of the Year.

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Avanti nel tempo

Un esperimento scientifico induce un temporaneo spostamento della percezione collettiva. Improvvisamente tutti gli abitanti della Terra vanno avanti nel tempo di ventun anni, e possono così vedere alcuni minuti del loro futuro mentre i loro corpi rimangono in stato d’incoscienza.

Quando il mondo si risveglia c’è chi ha osservato eventi devastanti o deprimenti, chi ha visto realizzare i suoi sogni e desideri, chi non ha trovato assolutamente nulla…

Un romanzo che affronta con sicurezza e profondità molte questioni di interesse scientifico e filosofico sulla responsabilità morale, sulla causalità degli eventi e sulla natura umana, rinnovando la tradizione della fantascienza classica di Isaac Asimov e Robert Heinlein.

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By Blood We Live

An anthology of stories edited by John Joseph Adams.

From Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer; from Castlevania to Tru Blood, the romance between popular culture and vampires hearkens back to humanity’s darkest, deepest fears, flowing through our very blood, fears of death, and life, and insatiable hunger. And yet, there is an attraction, undeniable, to the vampire archetype, whether the pale European count, impeccably dressed and coldly masculine, yet strangely ambiguous, ready to sink his sharp teeth deep into his victims’ necks, draining or converting them, or the vamp, the count’s feminine counterpart, villain and victim in one, using her wiles and icy sexuality to corrupt man and woman alike… Edited by John Joseph Adams (Wastelands, The Living Dead), By Blood We Live gathers together the best vampire literature of the last three decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror.

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Calculating God

When aliens land in Toronto, they present astounding evidence that their planet and Earth have experienced the same cataclysmic events — evidence that they claim proves the existence of God.

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Cambio de esquemas

El cincuenta por ciento de posibilidades de haber desarrollado una enfermedad degenerativa incurable era ya bastante malo, pero Pierre Tradivel, investigador del Proyecto Genoma humano, descubrió que todo podía empeorar… Con la amenaza de ujn grupo de nazis, por ejemplo, o tratando de conseguir un seguro médico para descubrir que la seguradora está tomando muestras genéticas de sus clientes, o, cuando prosigue sus pesquisas, encontrando una cadena de asesinatos sin resolver cuyas víctimas son personas aseguradas por la compañía.

La conclusión puede ser terrible. ¿Acaso los adelantos científicos que el mismo Pierre está haciendo son empleados para incrementar los beneficios de las compañías aseguradoras? Y todo puede empearar.

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Come All Ye Faithful

Finding a real congregation on Mars wasn’t going to be easy—in fact he had to admit it would be a miracle if it ever happened…

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Dernière chance pour l'humanité

2017. Depuis maintenant dix ans, la Terre reçoit des messages codés d'Alpha du Centaure, dont personne n'a réussi à comprendre la signification. Heather Davis, professeur à l'université de Toronto, a décidé de se consacrer à leur décryptage, jusqu'à présent sans succès. Kyle, son mari, se voue pour sa part à ses travaux sur le développement de l'intelligence artificielle, avec l'aide d'un ordinateur parlant et pensant. En découvrant que l'ensemble des informations transmises, correctement assemblées, forme le plan d'un objet technologique extraterrestre, Heather est cependant loin de se douter de l'ampleur des extraordinaires révélations que son utilisation apportera à notre civilisation. Et cela alors même que les recherches de Kyle sur l'essence de la conscience humaine, étayées de longues discussions philosophiques avec son ordinateur, progressent à grands pas…

Dans la lignée d'ouvrages récents de science-fiction prospective — tel Contact, de Carl Sagan —, Dernière chance pour l'humanité propose une formidable plongée dans la psyché humaine, et stimule avec intelligence et brio la réflexion sur une possible évolution de l'homme vers un nouveau stade de conscience.

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Eksperyment terminalny

Aby sprawdzić swe teorie odnoszące się do nieśmiertelności i życia pozagrobowego, stworzył trzy komputerowe symulacje własnej osobowości.

Z pierwszej kopii usunięto wszelkie wspomnienia powiązane z fizyczną egzystencją — to symulacja życia po śmierci.

Drugą kopię pozbawiono wiedzy o starzeniu się i śmierci — to symulacja nieśmiertelności.

Trzeciej osobowości nie poddano modyfikacjom — to kopia kontrolna.

Trzy wirtualne osobowości Hobsona uciekają z laboratoryjnego komputera do obejmującej cały świat elektronicznej pajęczyny. Jedna z nich jest mordercą.

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El cálculo de Dios

Una lanzadera espacial alienígena aterriza delante de un museo de la ciencia. Las compuertas de la nave se abren y de ésta desciende un ser con forma de araña gigantesca que, bajo la atónita mirada de los presentes solicita si puede ver a un paleontólogo. Así empieza una insólita investigación alienígena que pretende demostrar la existencia de Dios, pese a los recelos de Tom D. Jericho, un paleontólogo que, como tantos científicos racionalistas, parece no necesitar en absoluto la hipótesis de la existencia de un Dios creador. Pero tom no sólo se enfrentará a un dilema científico sino también a su propia e irremediable finitud, cuando le diagnostiquen un cáncer terminal. ¿Será entonces capaz de poner en cuestión sus teorías racionalistas acerca de la inexistencia del Creador?

Серия: Nova
 
End of an Era

Archaeologist Brandon Thackery and his rival Miles ‘Klicks’ Jordan fulfill a dinosaur lover’s dream with history’s first time-travel jaunt to the late Mesozoic. Hoping to solve the extinction mystery, they find Earth’s gravity is only half its 21st century value and dinosaurs that behave very strangely. Could the slimy blue creatures from Mars have something to do with both?

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Expérience terminale

Grâce à son prototype de super-EEG, Peter Hobson croyait parvenir à une définition la plus précise de la mort clinique. Il a découvert mieux que cela : la preuve de l’existence de l’âme. Du jour au lendemain, Peter devient un homme célèbre que les médias s’arrachent. Partout, on lui pose la même question : « C’est comment, l’au-delà ? » Afin d’y répondre, Peter va créer — avec l’aide de son ami Sarkar — trois clones de son cerveau isolés dans la mémoire d’un ordinateur. L’un, Esprit, simulera la vie après la mort. Le deuxième, Ambrotos, l’immortalité physique. Le dernier, non modifié, servira de témoin à l’expérience.

Mais l’un des doubles se mêle de jouer les justiciers pour le vrai Peter Hoson. Et pour ça, il ne recule devant aucun moyen… pas même un meurtre. Pour les deux apprentis sorciers, c’est le début d’une traque angoissée dans le dédale de l’Internet, sur la piste d’un criminel d’autant plus insaisissable qu’il est virtuel…

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Factor de Humanidad

En el año 2007 se detecta una señal procedente del espacio profundo. Misteriosos e ininteligibles flujos de datos son recibidos durante diez años. Entonces la señal se detiene.

Heather Davis, profesora de la Universidad de Toronto, ha dedicado toda su carrera a descifrar el mensaje. Mientras, su vida personal ha sucumbido: una hija suicida, un matrimonio destrozado. Pero es ella quien finalmente descifra el mensaje. Descubre una sorprendente tecnología nueva que puede abrirse paso a través de las barreras del espacio y el tiempo, con la promesa de una nueva etapa en la evolución humana. Parecen cercanos una capacidad de exploración ilimitada... o el final de la raza humana.

Factor de humanidad es una novela de implicaciones morales, técnicas y sociológicas. Describe una forma de comuni-cación con una civilización que supera hasta límites insospecha-dos a la nuestra, pero también es la historia de cómo se puede destruir una pareja por una mentira, y lo difícil que puede ser reconstruirla.

El canadiense Robert J. Sawyer ganador del Premio Nebula y nominado al Premio Hugo por Factor de humanidad, habiendo sido finalista los cuatro últimos años, es uno de los autores más aclamados y respetados del momento en Estados Unidos.

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Factoring Humanity

It’s the personal implications of first contact that Sawyer (Illegal Alien) dramatizes in his disturbing and uneven new novel. Set in Canada, circa 2017, the story focuses on Heather and her computer-scientist husband, Kyle, who have separated following the suicide of their daughter Mary. When younger daughter Rebecca confronts her parents and accuses her father of molesting her, the family starts to shake apart. Redemption comes in the unlikely form of alien altruism: the messages from Alpha Centauri that psychologist Heather has studied for years prove to be blueprints for a “psychospace” device that enables her to see into the overmind of humanity, and to know anyones deepest thoughts. In a flash, Kyle is exonerated, Rebecca apologizes, and her nasty, manipulative therapist is blamed for the false accusation. Although the novel ends with Heather greeting the first starship from Alpha Centauri, the bulk of the plot centers around the family’s own mystery, and so the conclusion comes off as anti-climactic. Sawyer also includes too many digressions about the cultural significance of Seinfeld, Star Trek bloopers and quantum physics, delivering a tale that ultimately works more as a study of the human heart than as believable story of alien encounter. (Publishers Weekly)

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Fallen Angel

From the 2000 anthology Lisa Snellings’ Strange Attraction: Turns of the Midnight Carnival Wheel. A young circus performer fears falling.

Finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story of the Year, and one of three stories cited as “highlights” from this the anthology by the Denver Rocky Mountain News.

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Far-Seer

The Quintaglio Ascension trilogy depicts an Earth-like world on a moon which orbits a gas giant, inhabited by a species of highly evolved, sentient Tyrannosaurs called Quintaglios, among various other creatures from the late cretaceous period, imported to this moon by aliens 65 million years prior to the story.

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Federations

From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition. What are the social/religious/environmental/technological implications of living in such a vast society? What happens when expansionist tendencies on a galactic scale come into conflict with the indigenous peoples of other planets, of other races? And what of the issue of communicating across such distances, or the problems caused by relativistic travel? These are just some of the questions and issues that the stories in Federations will take on.

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Federations

From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition. What are the social/religious/environmental/technological implications of living in such a vast society? What happens when expansionist tendencies on a galactic scale come into conflict with the indigenous peoples of other planets, of other races? And what of the issue of communicating across such distances, or the problems caused by relativistic travel? These are just some of the questions and issues that the stories in Federations will take on.

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Flashforward

A team of physicists trying to prove the existence of a theoretical particle inadvertently shifts the consciousness of humankind forward 20 years. Only two minutes are "lost," but memories of the future inspire new cults, seemingly illogical stock market speculations, and a host of new patents. Rivalry between two of the male physicists for one woman heats up, since the flash-forward has shown her to be married to the "wrong" man. One of the rivals, Lloyd Simcoe, foresees his own murder, though not his murderer. Even though the event is 21 years away, Lloyd is panic-stricken and searches worldwide for clues in the visions of others. In the end, these brief glimpses of the future prove addictive, and a new team repeats the experiment in a more controlled fashion, which treats the reader to visions of an apocalyptic, almost Wellsian future. There is also Simcoe's sad avoidance of his own death, which he accomplishes by becoming painstakingly cautious.

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Foreigner

The Quintaglio Ascension trilogy depicts an Earth-like world on a moon which orbits a gas giant, inhabited by a species of highly evolved, sentient Tyrannosaurs called Quintaglios, among various other creatures from the late cretaceous period, imported to this moon by aliens 65 million years prior to the story.

Серия: Quintaglio Ascension
 
Forever

From the 1997 anthology Return of the Dinosaurs. A tale of intelligent dinosaurs during the Mesozoic. Honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction.

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Fossil Hunter

The Quintaglio Ascension trilogy depicts an Earth-like world on a moon which orbits a gas giant, inhabited by a species of highly evolved, sentient Tyrannosaurs called Quintaglios, among various other creatures from the late cretaceous period, imported to this moon by aliens 65 million years prior to the story.

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Frameshift

Pierre Tardivel, a French Canadian geneticist, works on identifying junk DNA for the Human Genome Project. There is a 50 percent chance that Pierre is carrying the gene for Huntington’s disease, a fatal disorder. That knowledge drives Pierre to succeed in a race against time to complete his research. But a strange set of circumstances — including a knife attack, the in vitro fertilization of his wife, and an insurance company plot to use DNA samples to weed out clients predisposed to early deaths — draw Tardivel into a story that will ultimately involve the hunt for a Nazi death camp doctor.

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Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft

This book is an anthology of original stories inspired by science and scientists. The authors—some of the best and most decorated in the field—each visited Microsoft Research and met with top researchers in areas such as machine learning, computer vision, speech recognition, programming languages, and operating systems. They were given a unique opportunity to see new technologies under development and understand how researchers think and work.

The stories that came out of this process are the kind of science fiction that excited me as boy. They draw upon, highlight, and extrapolate current science. A number of them put scientists and engineers front and center in the narrative.

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Gator

Paleontologist David Ludlum thinks the frequent reports of alligators in the sewers of New York may be evidence of something much more dangerous… and much, much older.

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Golden Fleece

Aboard Argo, a colonization ship bound for Eta Cephei IV, people are very close—there’s no other choice. So when Aaron Rossman’s ex-wife dies in what seems to be a bizarre accident, everyone offers their sympathy, politely keeping their suspicions of suicide to themselves. But Aaron cannot simply accept her death. He must know the truth: Was it an accident, or did she commit suicide? When Aaron discovers the truth behind her death, he is faced with a terrible secret—a secret that could cost him his life.

Sawyer’s four most recent novels were nominated for the Hugo Award. He has won the Nebula Award for Best Novel, as well as the major Canadian awards for best science fiction and best mystery fiction. Here is the novel that began his career.

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Hibridos

Un experimento científico hace posible la inesperada interacción entre dos universos paralelos, con la salvedad de que, en uno de ellos, la especie humana que ha predominado son los Neanderthales y no los Cromagnones, como ha ocurrido en nuestro mundo. Ponter Boddit y su hombre-compañero Adikor Huld, físicos neanderthales, han abierto un puente entre dos universos dando lugar a una sorprendente comparación entre culturas radicalmente distintas. Una de esas diferencias es la percepción del hecho religioso, del todo ausente en los neanderthales.

En Híbridos, unos científicos de nuestro mundo especulan con la idea de que la propensión a tener creencias y experiencias religiosas podría provenir de una mutación genética que no se había producido en los neanderthales, pero sí en los cromagnones. El neanderthal Ponter Boddit y su amada Homo Sapiens, Mary Vaughan, desean tener una hija; la moderna tecnología neanderthal de reproducción asistida se lo permite, pero hay que tomar una importante decisión: ¿qué será mejor para su hija, tener creencias religiosas o no tenerlas?

 
Hominids

The Hugo Award Winner–2003

Hominids examines two unique species of people. We are one of those species; the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they became the dominant intelligence. The Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but with radically different history, society and philosophy.

Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe. Almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist, he is quarantined and studied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land. But Ponter is also befriended—by a doctor and a physicist who share his questing intelligence, and especially by Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan, a woman with whom he develops a special rapport.

Ponter’s partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around and an explosive murder trial. How can he possibly prove his innocence when he has no idea what actually happened to Ponter?

 
Hominidzi

Neandertalski fizyk Ponter Boddit, podczas eksperymentu z komputerem kwantowym przypadkiem przekracza barierę między wszechświatami i zostaje przeniesiony do naszego świata.

Niemal natychmiast zostaje rozpoznany jako Neandertalczyk. Czuje się obcy w dziwnym dla niego świecie, nie potrafi porozumieć się z otoczeniem, a do tego musi przejść kwarantannę. Na szczęście znajduje kilkoro przyjaciół, w tym specjalistkę w dziedzinie genetyki, Kanadyjkę Mary Vaughan, kobietę, z którą zaczyna go łączyć szczególna więź.

Tymczasem w świecie Pontera, jego partner, Adikor Huld, musi stawić czoło podejrzeniom o morderstwo. Jak ma dowieść własnej niewinności, skoro nie wie, co się stało z jego przyjacielem?

 
Homínidos

Un experimento científico hace posible la inesperada interacción entre dos universos paralelos con la salvedad de que, en uno de ellos, la especie humana que ha predominado son los Neanderthales y no los Cromagnones, como ha ocurrido en nuestro mundo.

Homínidos es el inicio de una prodigiosa exploración cultural, un nuevo tipo de ficción antropológica que centra sus mejores virtudes no sólo en la más actual ciencia moderna, sino, y sobre todo, en las complejas consecuencias culturales, humanas y antropológicas de un inesperado cruce de culturas.


 
Humanos

Un experimento científico hace posible la inesperada interacción entre dos universos paralelos con la salvedad de que, en uno de ellos, la especie humana que ha predominado son los Neanderthales y no los Cormagnones, como ha ocurrido en nuestro mundo.

Ponter Boddit y su hombre-compañero, Addikor Hulk, físicos neanderthales, han abierto un puente entre dos universos con su computador cuántico. Ahora se plantean volver a abrir ese paso para dar lugar al más prodigioso e intercambio cultural entre especies y universos.

Como Hominidos, que obtuvo el premio Hugo en 2003, Humanos ahonda en una prodigiosa exploración cultural, un nuevo tipo de ficción antropológica que centra sus mejores virtudes no sólo en la más actual ciencia moderna, sino, sobre todo, en las complejas consecuencias culturales, humanas y antropológicas de un inesperado cruce de culturas. Humanos explora con valentía esas diferencias culturales, mostrando otras posibilidades y contemplando nuestras propias convenciones sociales, culturales y religiosas desde un nuevo punto de vista.

Robert J. Sawyer es ya el mayor fenómeno de la ciencia ficción canadiense. Especialista en una ciencia ficción rigurosa que plantea cuestiones morales, ha obtenido ya más de veinticinco premios nacionales e internacionales por su obra. Con El experimento terminal obtuvo los premios Nebula, Aurora (de la ciencia ficción canadiense) y Homer (del foro de ciencia ficción de Compuserve) y, en los últimos seis años, ha sido cinco veces finalista del premio Hugo, un récord dificilmente igualable, que ha culminado con el Hugo obtenido por Hominidos.

 
Humans

Robert J. Sawyer, the award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.

As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer's fast-moving story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction. Humans is one of the best SF novels of the year, and The Neanderthal Parallax is an SF classic in the making.

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Hybrids

In Hominids, Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist from a parallel Earth who was whisked from his reality into ours by a quantum-computing experiment gone awry-making him the ultimate stranger in a strange land.

In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neanderthal version of Earth in loving detail-a tour de force of world-building; a masterpiece of alternate history.

Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapien lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the joining of their two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary's religious faith--something completely absent in Neanderthals - is a quirk of the neurological wiring of Homo sapiens' brains, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary's Earth is dealing with a collapse of its planetary magnetic field, her boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden that is the Neanderthal world . . . .

Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer's signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that's sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.

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Hybrydy

Trzecia i ostatnia czesc trylogii o dwoch rownoleglych swiatach — blizniaczych Ziemiach — naszej, zdominowanej przez czlowieka i drugiej, opanowanej przez Neandertalczykow. W Hybrydach Ponter Boddit i jego partnerka z Ziemi Homo sapiens, Mary Vaughan, staja przed koniecznoscia pogodzenia zycia w dwoch swiatach. Usiluja znalezc sposob, aby ich niezwykly zwiazek mogl przetrwac pomimo pietrzacych sie trudnosci i roznic. Za pomoca zakazanej neandertalskiej technologii planuja poczac dziecko, pierwszego hybryda — symbol nadziei na polaczenie dwoch tak odmiennych wersji rzeczywistosci. Tymczasem na Ziemi zamieszkalej przez Homo sapiens zaczyna zmieniac sie pole magnetyczne planety, dlatego szef Mary, tajemniczy Jock Krieger, coraz czesciej z zazdroscia spoglada na nie zdewastowany przez czlowieka raj, jakim jest neandertalski swiat.

 
I, Alien

An all-original collection of twenty-seven stories by some of today’s most inventive authors about alien encounters with humans-from the aliens’ perspective.

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Identity Theft

Nominated for Nebula Award for Best Novella in 2005

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Identity Theft and other stories (collection)

This new collection by the man Anne McCaffrey calls “an absolutely marvelous writer” includes Hugo Award nominee “Shed Skin,” Nebula Award nominee “Identity Theft,” and Aurora Award winner “Ineluctable.” In these pages, you’ll discover the dark secret of the only priest on Mars, revisit H.G. Wells’s Morlocks, and learn what really happens when aliens beam us the Encyclopedia Galactica.

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If I'm Here, Imagine Where They Sent My Luggage

First published in The Village Voice: The Weekly Newspaper of New York, 14–20 January 1981.

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Illegal Alien

Aliens, Tosoks, have finally made contact with Earth, but there are only seven of them, and they’ve arrived in a disabled spaceship. The Tosoks are intelligent and surprisingly easy to communicate with, and are happy to tour Earth and see what humans have to offer. But during a stop in Los Angeles, one of the human scientists traveling with the Tosoks is gruesomely murdered, and all evidence points to the alien Hask. The Los Angeles Police Department is determined to indict Hask for the crime, even though the aliens have little concept of laws or crime as we understand them. The only thing the U.S. government can do is secretly procure the services of Dale Rice, a leading civil rights lawyer, and hope he can clear Hask of the charges. But as the trial progresses, evidence indicates a cover-up by one or more of the aliens. Humanity’s survival — not just Hask’s fate — might hinge on the jury’s verdict.

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Iterations and other stories (collection)

This first collection of short stories by the man The Ottawa Citizen calls “the dean of Canadian science fiction” includes Hugo Award nominee “The Hand You’re Dealt,” Bram Stoker Award finalist “Fallen Angel,” Aurora Award winner “Peking Man,” and Arthur Ellis Award winner “Just Like Old Times.” In these pages, you’ll inhabit the mind of a Tyrannosaurus rex, join Sherlock Holmes as he solves the mystery of the missing aliens, and find out why Pope Mary resigned.

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Just Like Old Times

Commissioned for the anthology Dinosaur Fantastic, edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 1993); first published in On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of Speculative Writing, Summer 1993.

 Later it was reprinted in several anthologies including On Spec: The First Five Years, Dinosaurs II, and Northern Stars. In 2008 it was included in Iterations And Other Stories collection (1st edition Quarry Press, January 2002).


Winner of both the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award (“the Aurora”) for Best English-Language Short Story of 1993 and the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story of 1993.

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Killer on-line

Peter Hobson è un esperto in ingegneria biomedica, quarantenne, affascinato dai problemi della vita dopo la morte e dalle possibilità di sopravvivenza che la tecnologia offre alla personalità umana. E infatti tutto comincia quando Hobson realizza un coraggioso esperimento per verificare le sue teorie sull’immortalità, creando tre simulazioni elettroniche di se stesso. Al primo alter ego di Hobson è stata cancellata la memoria della sua esistenza fisica: è una simulazione dell’anima. Al secondo è stata tolta la consapevolezza di invecchiare e di morire: è una simulazione dell’immortalità. Il terzo invece è un alter ego normale, non modificato. Ma i tre simulacri di Hobson non si accontentano di vivere nei ristretti confini della memoria di un computer e sono già fuggiti nell’universo sconfinato delle reti informatiche globali. Ma anche un’esistenza virtuale può non bastare, se la prospettiva è quella di interagire con il mondo vero e proprio… Anzi, uno di loro ha già scoperto la propria vocazione: diventare un killer.


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La genesi della specie

Durante un esperimento di calcolo quantistico Ponter Boddit, uno scienziato Neandertal, supera accidentalmente le barriere che separano il suo mondo da quello della specie umana e si ritrova in un universo parallelo, che gli appare carico di contraddizioni e di ambiguità. Messo in isolamento, l'alieno diviene un oggetto di studio per un gruppo di ricercatori ed esperti, e un'attrazione irresistibile per i media e per i politici delle varie nazioni, che ne reclamano l'ideale proprietà. Nello stesso tempo, nella dimensione dei Neandertal, il compagno di Ponter, Adikor Huld, viene accusato del suo omicidio. Riuscirà a provare la propria innocenza, pur non potendo neppure immaginare quanto gli è accaduto?

 
Ludzie

W poprzednim tomie — „Hominidach” — neandertalski fizyk Ponter Boddit, podczas eksperymentu z komputerem kwantowym przekroczył przypadkiem barierę pomiędzy alternatywną Ziemią, na której jego gatunek jest dominujący, a ludzie wymarli przed tysiącami lat. Po wielu przygodach, przy pomocy ziemskich naukowców, udało mu się wrócić do swojego świata.

W drugim tomie Ponter Boddit doprowadza do ponownego otwarcia portalu między światami. Wraca na Ziemię zamieszkałą przez Homo sapiens i znowu spotyka profesor Mary Vaughan. Podczas pierwszej oficjalnej wizyty delegacji ze świata Neandertalczyków dochodzi do incydentu, który stawia pod znakiem zapytania dalsze kontakty między gatunkami. Na szczęście, udaje się pokonać pierwsze trudności i rozpoczyna się wymiana kulturowa między obiema Ziemiami.

 
Merveille

Merveille conclut en fanfare la trilogie de Robert J. Sawyer commencée avec Éveil et poursuivie avec Veille.

Webmind, l'Intelligence Artificielle qui a émergé sur la Toile à la suite de circonstances très singulières, menace-t-elle l'humanité comme le croît le colonel Hume, du programme Watch, qui a juré de la détruire ?

Ou bien l'apparition de cette entité aux pouvoirs quasi divins est-elle une chance extraordinaire pour l'humanité, comme le pense Caitlin Dexter, la jeune ex-aveugle dont la prothèse a tout permis ?

Quel rôle jouera le grand singe Chobo, l'autre intelligence non humaine de la planète, dans l'effort de Webmind pour convaincre les humains de ses bonnes intentions ?

La réponse se trouve-t-elle en Chine ?

 
Mindscan

Jake Sullivan watched his father, suffering from a rare condition, collapse and linger in a vegetative state, and he’s incredibly paranoid because he inherited that condition. When mindscanning technology becomes available, he has himself scanned, which involves dispatching his biological body to the moon and assuming an android body. In possession of everything the biological Jake Sullivan had on Earth, android Jake finds love with Karen, who has also been mindscanned. Meanwhile, biological Jake discovers there is finally another, brand-new cure for his condition. Moreover, Karen’s son sues her, declaring that his mother is dead, and android Karen has no right to deprive him of his considerable inheritance. Biological Jake, unable to leave the moon because of the contract he signed, becomes steadily more unstable, until finally, in a fit of paranoia, he takes hostages. Sawyer’s treatment of identity issues —of what copying consciousness may mean and how consciousness is defined —finds expression in a good story that is a new meditation on an old SF theme, the meaning of being human. (Amazon.com)


Won John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2006

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Mutations

    Le jour où il se découvre atteint d'une maladie incurable, Pierre Tardivel décide de devenir chercheur en génétique. Après de brillantes études, il travaille sur le génome humain aux côtés du Dr Klimus, un génial lauréat du Nobel.

Il rencontre là son épouse, Molly, professeur de psychologie dotée de pouvoirs télépathiques. Pour ne pas transmettre la maladie de Pierre à leur enfant, ils décident de procréer par insémination artificielle. Mais la petite fille qui naît a d'étranges caractéristiques génétiques…

Double enquête, double course contre la montre : celle d'un couple pour sauver son enfant victime de manipulations expérimentales, celle de Pierre, qui lutte contre le mal…

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Mutazione Pericolosa

Un uomo che ha buone probabilità di morire per una malattia ereditaria del sistema nervoso. Uno scienziato premio Nobel che è forse un ex-torturatore nazista. Una società di assicurazioni interessata ai clienti con difetti genetici. Ce n’è quanto basta per capovolgere il mondo normale di Pierre Tardivel e il suo lavoro al Progetto Genoma Umano. E il figlio che Pierre sta per avere sarà il primo, concreto annuncio dell’incubo biologico... Ritorna Robert J. Sawyer, l’acclamato autore di Starplex, con un romanzo di straordinaria suspense.


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Peking Man

Although Sawyer is best known for his science fiction, he’s written a number of works that deal with fantastic themes, such as this story, which won the Aurora Award and first appeared in the anthology Dark Destiny III. But, as you might guess from the title, this one doesn’t see Sawyer straying too far from his science fiction roots…

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Processo alieno

Quando un'astronave entra nell'atmosfera terrestre alla paura iniziale si sostituisce subito la meraviglia. Con il primo contatto fra terrestri e alieni, sette membri della razza dei Tosok, di incredibile intelligenza, vengono accolti a braccia aperte dal mondo intero. Ma un noto scienziato umano in contatto con il gruppo viene improvvisamente trovato morto, mutilato da un'arma misteriosa, e tutte le prove sembrano condannare uno di loro. Cercando di evitare un incidente planetario, gli Stati Uniti assegnano agli alieni il miglior avvocato della nazione: ne seguirà un processo drammatico e inconsueto, in cui culture diverse, aliene e terrestri, si scontreranno per sancire la verità.

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Programatorul divin

Spre marea surprindere a curatorului Tom Jericho, când extratereştrii aterizează în incinta Muzeului Regal Ontario din Toronto, aceştia vor să vadă un paleontolog. Mai mult decât atât, sunt adepţi ai creaţionismului şi consideră că la originea Universului se află o inteligenţă exterioară. Se pare că extincţia în masă de pe alte planete coincide cu cele care s-au petrecut odinioară pe Terra, şi aceasta ar fi mult aşteptata dovadă a existenţei lui Dumnezeu. Iar, între timp, o supernovă explodează în galaxie.

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Quantum Night

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from twenty years previously—a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Jim is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend from his lost period and now a quantum physicist who has made a stunning discovery about the nature of human consciousness. As a rising tide of violence and hate sweeps across the globe, the psychologist and the physicist combine forces in a race against time to see if they can do the impossible—change human nature—before the entire world descends into darkness. 

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Recuerdos del futuro

Recuerdos del futuro es la historia de un asombroso descubrimiento en las instalaciones del CERN en Suiza. El equipo de investigación de Lloyd Simcoe y Theo Procopides está empleando el acelerador de partículas del laboratorio para buscar el esquivo bosón de Higgs, una partícula subatómica teórica. Pero su experimento sale terriblemente mal y, durante unos instantes, la conciencia de toda la raza humana es arrojada veinte años hacia el futuro.

Mientras la humanidad debe restañar los catastróficos efectos inmediatos del experimento (miles resultan muertos o heridos cuando el cuerpo de todos los hombres y mujeres queda inconsciente en el presente), las implicaciones más serias tardan algo en aparecer. Aquellos que no recibieron visión del porvenir tratan de descubrir cómo morirán, mientras que otros buscan a sus futuros amantes. Lloyd deberá superar la culpabilidad de haber provocado accidentalmente la muerte de la hija de su prometida, mientras Theo se ve atrapado en la investigación de su propio asesinato.

A medida que las verdaderas consecuencias de lo sucedido comienzan a hacerse claras, la presión para repetir el experimento aumenta sin cesar. Todos quieren un destello del futuro, una oportunidad para saltar y ser testigo de su éxito... o para aprender a evitar sus errores.

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Rollback

En 2010, le premier message venu d'une autre étoile est capté. Il a été émis depuis Sigma Draconis, distante de dix-huit années-lumière. Et, non sans mal, l'astronome Sarah Halifax l'a déchiffré. Ce qui a permis de lui donner une réponse. Trente-huit ans plus tard, en 2048, un second message est capté. Crypté. Et deux fois plutôt qu'une.

Qui pourra le décoder, sinon Sarah Halifax ? Seul problème : elle a désormais quatre-vingt sept-ans.

Un multimilliardaire qui a fait fortune dans l’industrie des robots lui propose un *rollback*, un traitement de rajeunissement extraordinairement coûteux, qu lui rendra ses vingt-cinq ans. Sarah n’accepte que si Don, son époux du même âge, bénéficie de la même chance.

Mais il y a un risque. C'est que sur l'un ou sur l'autre le traitement échoue. Que deviendra leur amour si longtemps partagé s'ils se trouvent séparés par soixante ans d'âge apparent ?

Et que veulent donc nous dire les habitants de Sigma Draconis ?


Croisant les deux thèmes du contact avec une autre civilisation et du rajeunissement intégral, Robert J. Sawyer, déjà couronné par le prix Hugo, nous donne ici un roman passionnant, intelligent et émouvant.


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Skaičiuojantis Dievas

Vieną dieną svetimeivių erdvėlaivis nusileido Toronto mieste greta Paleontologijos muziejaus. Iš kosminio aparato išlindęs šešiakojis, dvirankis padaras, vardu Holusas, pareiškė norą pasikalbėti su žymiausiu paleontologu. Iš pokalbio paaiškėja, kad ir Žemė, ir Holuso planeta, ir dar vienas protingų būtybių pasaulis per kelis milijardus metų patyrė penkias grandiozines katastrofas TUO PAČIU METU.

Vadinasi, kažas itin galingas (gal net visagalis) akivaizdžiai reguliuoja evoliuciją mūsų Galaktikoje. Holusas mano, kad galima pamėginti jį surasti...

 
Space Inc (collection)

Need a Job, Go to Mars… or the nearest space station or colony world. But what kind of career opportunities will you find on the ever-expanding frontiers of space? And how many alien beings will be vying for the same positions? To discover some of the possibilities, check out Space, Inc., and such entertaining and original tales as:

“Attached Please Find My Novel”—Sometimes you found tomorrow’s best-sellers in the most unexpected places…

“The Siren Stone”—Their mission was to blow up an asteroid before it could destroy a space station and its entire population, but nothing could prepare them for what they discovered when they rendezvoused with this giant piece of rock…

“Come All Ye Faithful”—Finding a real congregation on Mars wasn’t going to be easy—in fact he had to admit it would be a miracle if it ever happened…

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Starplex

Starplex es una nave exploradora tripulada por humanos y delfines de la Tierra, waldahuds del planeta Rehbollo e ibs (Integración de Bioentidades) del planeta Flatland. La nave utiliza los misteriosos atajos o portales dejados por una desconocida especie alienígena. Con dichos atajos ha podido establecerse la primera civilización galáctica en la Vía Láctea.

De manera inesperada, empiezan a llegar por los atajos enormes estrellas cuyos átomos parecen ser más viejos que el mismo universo. ¿Representan un peligro? ¿Vienen del futuro? ¿Quién las envía? ¿Por qué?

Y, mientras tanto, Keith Lansing, el capitán de la Starplex, ha de enfrentarse a la peculiar ambición de Jag, el físico waldahud, y a las sorpresas de todo tipo que el universo encierra y que tal vez sólo un físico altamente cualificado como Jag puede desentrañar.

Ciencia ficción de temática clásica con el envoltorio más moderno: ciencia y tecnología revolucionarias, nuevas relaciones sociales, nuevas preguntas sobre el universo, y las siempre complejas relaciones humanas entre personajes sentientes de una o de distintas especies.

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The abdication of Pope Mary III

In a familiar theme for Sawyer, science has finally proved the existence of God—but what will this mean for religion?

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The Blue Planet

First published as “Mars Reacts!” in The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper, Saturday, December 11, 1999.

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The Hand You're Dealt

First published in the anthology Free Space, edited by Brad Linaweaver and Edward E. Kramer (Tor, 1997). This is the author’s preferred text as published in the anthology Crossing the Line: Canadian Mystery Fiction With A Twist, edited by Robert J. Sawyer David Skene-Melvin (Pottersfield, 1999)


Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1998.

Nominated for Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award in 1998

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The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

An anthology of stories

Sherlock Holmes is back!

Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first-and most famous-consulting detective, came to the world’s attention more than 120 years ago through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and stories. But Conan Doyle didn’t reveal all of the Great Detective’s adventures…

Here are some of the best Holmes pastiches of the last 30 years, twenty-eight tales of mystery and the imagination detailing Holmes’s further exploits, as told by many of today’s greatest storytellers, including Stephen King, Anne Perry, Anthony Burgess, Neil Gaiman, Naomi Novik, Stephen Baxter, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, and many more.

These are the improbable adventures of Sherlock Holmes, where nothing is impossible, and nothing can be ruled out. In these cases, Holmes investigates ghosts, curses, aliens, dinosaurs, shapeshifters, and evil gods. But is it the supernatural, or is there a perfectly rational explanation?

You won’t be sure, and neither will Holmes and Watson as they match wits with pirates, assassins, con artists, and criminal masterminds of all stripes, including some familiar foes, such as their old nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

In these pages you’ll also find our heroes crossing paths with H. G. Wells, Lewis Carroll, and even Arthur Conan Doyle himself, and you’ll be astounded to learn the truth behind cases previously alluded to by Watson but never before documented until now. These are tales that take us from the familiar quarters at 221B Baker Street to alternate realities, from the gaslit streets of London to the far future and beyond.

Whether it’s mystery, fantasy, horror, or science fiction, no puzzle is too challenging for the Great Detective. The game is afoot!

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The Shoulders of Giants

A slower-than-light starship that was launched in the beginning of 21st century to Tau Ceti, after more than a thousand years of flight is nearing its destination. But technical progress did not stand still back on Earth through all those years, and Tau Ceti has already been populated by humans for centuries…

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The Terminal Experiment

The Terminal Experiment has propelled Robert J. Sawyer into the limelight as one of science fiction's hot new writers, earning him the prestigious Nebula Award in the process. In this fast-paced thriller, Dr. Peter Hobson's investigations into death and afterlife lead him to create three separate electronic versions of himself: one has no memory of physical existence and represents life after death; one has no knowledge of death or aging and represents immortality; and the third is left unaltered as a control. But all three have escaped into the worldwide matrix...and one of them is a killer.

The story was first serialised in Analog magazine in the mid-December 1994 to March 1995 issues, under the name Hobson’s Choice, before its first novel publication in May, 1995.

Won Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1995.

Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1996.

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Triggers

On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin’s bullet strikes U.S. President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, Canadian researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience—but the memories that flash through Jerrison’s mind are not his memories. It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Dr. Singh’s equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another’s minds. And now one of those people has access to the president’s memories—including classified information regarding an upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives. But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one, particularly when some of the people involved have reasons to lie…

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Un procès pour les étoiles

Pour Frank Nobilio, le conseiller scientifique du président des Etats-Unis, le premier contact entre l'humanité et une race extraterrestre est assurément un succès : les Tosoks, malgré leur aspect déroutant, sont amicaux et tout disposés à faire bénéficier les hommes de leur avance technique. Quant à ces derniers, ils ont réussi à passer outre un bien légitime désarroi face aux caractéristiques morphologiques de leurs visiteurs pour réserver à ceux-ci le meilleur accueil possible. Mais une nuit, un des savants de l'entourage des aliens est assassiné dans des conditions atroces, et tous les indices semblent accuser Hask, l'un des Tosoks. Bientôt arrêté, emprisonné et traduit en jugement, Hask risque d'être exécuté à moins que Frank et Dale, son avocat, ne parviennent à établir son innocence. Leur tâche s'annonce d'autant plus difficile que leur client se montre peu coopératif, laissant entendre que l'enjeu de ce procès dépasse de loin le cadre étroit de la justice humaine... Un roman époustouflant - et souvent drôle - qui fait cohabiter très intelligemment la thématique classique du " premier contact " et le thriller juridique haletant à la John Grisham !


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Éveil

Caitlin, jeune américaine de seize ans, aveugle de naissance, se voit proposer par un chercheur japonais, le professeur Kuroda, une prothèse qui remédierait à la défaillance de son nerf optique - l'œil lui-même et les centres visuels de son cerveau étant fonctionnels. Après la pose de la prothèse, le professeur Kuroda vient au Canada pour installer la liaison informatique avec le Japon qui traitera l'information. Dans un premier temps, le dispositif ne fonctionne pas : Caitlin ne voit pas le monde mais un réseau de lignes brillantes... Elle finit par comprendre qu'elles représentent le réseau Internet. La Toile, le Web. Le World Wide Web. Celui-ci, en retour, reçoit ce que l'œil de Caitlin voit, découvre par là même un nouvel univers, s'éveille à la conscience et devient une personne. Bientôt, le Réseau et Caitlin vont communiquer directement et la jeune fille, par ailleurs surdouée, va brancher la nouvelle entité sur des sites qui lui permettront d'apprendre et de comprendre notre monde...


 
Veille

Voici la suite d’Éveil, qui racontait l’émergence d’une Intelligence Artificielle sur le réseau Internet. Caitlin, jeune aveugle de naissance, a recouvré la vision grâce à une prothèse informatique et joue un rôle essentiel dans cette émergence puis dans l’éducation de cette conscience non humaine, Webmind.

L’accès progressif de Webmind à la totalité des ressources d’Internet lui confère des pouvoirs surhumains, presque divins. Qui ne manquent pas d’inquiéter le gouvernement américain. Peut-on laisser survivre une entité qui dispose de connaissances et de pouvoirs formidables alors qu’on ignore tout de ses intentions ?

Caitlin, qui lui fait une confiance absolue, parviendra-t-elle à la sauver ?

Éveil puis Veille renouvellent complètement le thème de l’Intelligence Artificielle. Humain contre machine. Humain et machine. Sommes-nous au bord de la Singularité prédite par Vernor Vinge, l’auteur de Rainbows End ?

Ces romans témoignent aussi d’un sens de l’humain rare dans la science-fiction et propre à Robert J. Sawyer.

Éveil a été retenu parmi les cinq derniers titres en lice pour le prix Hugo 2010.


 
Vuelta atrás

La doctora Sarah Halifax logró descifrar y contestar el primer mensaje enviado por extraterrestres. Al cabo de treinta y ocho años, cuando ella es ya casi nonagenaria, llega la respuesta. Sólo Sarah es capaz de descifrarla, si vive el tiempo suficiente… Sarah y su esposo Don son sometidos a un costoso tratamiento de rejuvenecimiento (vuelta atrás). Don recupera la fortaleza física de sus veinticinco años, pero Sarah…

Sawyer ofrece de nuevo una interesantísima exploración ética y moral, esta vez a escala humana y también cósmica, sobre la vida y el papel de la tecnología en el desarrollo futuro del ser humano.

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Wake

Caitlin was born blind, and when, newly arrived in tenth grade, she is offered a chance at an experimental procedure to give her sight, she leaps at it, despite previous disappointments. When she returns from the Tokyo hospital in which she underwent the procedure, it seems a failure. Soon enough, though, she discovers that, instead of reality, she is perceiving the Web. What’s particularly interesting is the background noise. Something strange is floating around behind the nodes of normal Webspace; a closer look reveals that, whatever it is, it’s not just meaningless noise. Caitlin’s story alternates with those of Hobo, a chimp whose claim to fame is being one of the first two apes to video-chat online; an entity of mysterious provenance; and a Chinese dissident blogger who is quite curious about why everything from outside China is blocked. Sawyer’s take on theories about the origin of consciousness, generated within the framework of an engaging story, is fascinating, and his approach to machine consciousness and the Internet is surprisingly fresh.


Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2010.

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Watch

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH—the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States—and they’re fully aware of Caitlin’s involvement in its awakening.

WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind’s capacity for compassion—and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.

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Wonder

Webmind—the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web—has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated.

Caitlin Decter—the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind—wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything—Webmind included-may come crashing down.

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You See But You Do Not Observe

First published in the anthology Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 1995); authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle.


Winner of both the CompuServe Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum’s Sixth Annual HOMer Award for Best Short Story of the Year and Le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, France’s top SF award, for Best Foreign Short Story of the Year.

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