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Factoring Humanity Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Mass Market ed. edition (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312864582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312864583
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,386,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Receiving a message from another, alien civilisation is not enough; you have then to decode it. Heather and her husband Kyle once tried to make sense of the message's geometric riddles and set it aside. It is when she is torn apart by her daughter's accusations of child abuse--she loses whether Kyle is a monster or Rebecca deluded--that Heather tries again, and has a wacky idea born of desperation. Perhaps she needs to get closer to the problem; perhaps she needs literally to get inside it. And when she does, she finds more riddles--just how to cope with knowing the whole truth about everyone and everything? Is this why an old boyfriend committed suicide? Is this an alien kindness, or a trap? Sawyer's novel has its betraying touches of modishness and melodrama, but it also has the charm that comes from good sense convincingly exhibited. If the fate of humanity is to be decided, it is always better done by someone as likeable as Sawyer's Heather. Science is not necessarily best done in an ivory tower; Sawyer is insightful on the way good work is done in the middle of crisis and the everyday. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By the nebula award winner

For ten years alien data has been pouring in from the Alpha Centauri system, but political protocol has, so far, prevented any response being made. And so far only the first eleven pages of the material has been decoded successfully…

…Psychologist Heather Davis is working on it, but when she suddenly breaks through to the heart of the message, she finds herself in the fourth dimension. She is part of the Overmind and experiencing a massive dose of the first true empathy the human race has ever been granted. It's her personal life and history she thereby learns about. Meanwhile, a warning to all evolved lifeforms awaits interpretation. It may even be a threat…

"Excellent, innovative and imaginative"
'The Washington Post'

"The sense of fun and adventure SF had in its so-called Golden Age… a modern sensibility… the best of both worlds"
'The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction'

"Canada's answer to Michael Crichton"
'Montreal Gazette'

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