Calculating God

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Macmillan, Jun 3, 2000 - Fiction - 334 pages
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Calculating God is the new near-future SF thriller from the popular and award-winning Robert J. Sawyer. An alien shuttle craft lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges, who says, in perfect English, "Take me to a paleontologist."
It seems that Earth, and the alien's home planet, and the home planet of another alien species traveling on the alien mother ship, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at about the same time (one example of these "cataclysmic events" would be the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs). Both alien races believe this proves the existence of God: i.e. he's obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets.

From this provocative launch point, Sawyer tells a fast-paced, and morally and intellectually challenging, SF story that just grows larger and larger in scope. The evidence of God's universal existence is not universally well received on Earth, nor even immediately believed. And it reveals nothing of God's nature. In fact. it poses more questions than it answers.

When a supernova explodes out in the galaxy but close enough to wipe out life on all three home-worlds, the big question is, Will God intervene or is this the sixth cataclysm:?

Calculating God is SF on the grand scale. Calculating God is a 2001 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.
  

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I don't often read hard sci-fi, but one thing I enjoy about it is that it makes me feel smarter. I am not a trained paleontologist, geneticist, astronomer, or physicist, but Calculating God made me ... Read full review

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User Review  - Artur - Goodreads

It takes both sci and fi to make a good sci-fi book, and its usually the first one with which authors have troubles. Not in this case: Robert Sawyer has pretty good understanding how modern biology ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
13
Chapter 2
31
Chapter 3
41
Chapter 4
47
Chapter 5
61
Chapter 6
71
Chapter 7
79
Chapter 8
89
Chapter 19
189
Chapter 20
195
Chapter 21
203
Chapter 22
209
Chapter 23
221
Chapter 24
229
Chapter 25
235
Chapter 26
243

Chapter 9
95
Chapter 10
105
Chapter 11
109
Chapter 12
119
Chapter 13
125
Chapter 14
135
Chapter 15
149
Chapter 16
157
Chapter 17
167
Chapter 18
181
Chapter 27
251
Chapter 28
261
Chapter 29
281
Chapter 30
289
Chapter 31
295
Chapter 32
303
Chapter 33
311
Chapter 34
321
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
335
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa on April 29, 1960, but raised in Toronto. In 1980, while still in high school, Sawyer submitted a short story to the the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which was running a contest for light show ideas. Sawyer didn't win, but the Museum purchased his story Motive anyway and it ran for 192 performances. Sawyer went on to attend Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, majoring in Radio and Television Arts. In September 1979, he had his first piece of fiction published at the end of his first year, in Ryerson's literary annual, White Wall Review. Sawyer graduated from Ryerson in 1982. Sawyer was hired back the following semester to teach television studio production techniques to second- and third-year students. In the four months interim, he worked for minimum wage at the local SF bookstore, spending all his earnings on books. From 1984 to 1992, while teaching, Sawyer also coordinated a social group of Toronto-area science-fiction writers founded by SF editor Judith Merril. He established a Canadian region of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and in 1998, served as that organization's president. Sawyer also retained freelance nonfiction writing contracts, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, press releases and brochures for corporations, newsletters for government departments. He churned out vast amounts of promotional materials and over 200 articles for computing and personal-finance magazines in a span of five years. But in that time, his only really significant publication was the novelette Golden Fleece, which appeared as the cover story in the September 1988 edition of Amazing Stories. The novel-length Golden Fleece was sold to Warner Books a year later in 1989. The sales of his first five books were uninspiring and Sawyer faced being dropped by his publisher. Sawyer decided to take the time to write a book, without a contract, take as long as necessary, and produce a blockbuster. He also wanted to tackle a controversial issue and deal with it head on. With that in mind, Sawyer wrote The Terminal Experiment, about abortion and the soul. His publisher rejected it on grounds of controversy. HarperPrism then bought the book and serialization rights were sold to Analog, the number-one best-selling English-language SF magazine. The Terminal Experiment went on to win the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1995. His novel Frameshift was his first book published in hardcover, and was nominated for the Hugo Award, and won Japan's Seiun Award for best foreign novel of the year.

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